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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid November 19 1941 - Launched July 7 1942

  1. USS BACHE DD-470
    Commissioned November 14 1942 - Decommissioned February 4 1946
    Recommissioned October 1 1951

  2. USS BACHE DDE-470
    Reclassified Escort Destroyer (DDE) January 2 1951

  3. USS BACHE DD-470
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) June 30 1962
    Decommissioned March 1 1968

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1968
    Wrecked February 6 1968 on the Island of Rhodes Greece
    Refloated and scuttled in deep waters.


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Bache Covers Page 1     (1943-63)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning November 14 1942 to February 4 1946


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945


JohnGermann Bache DD470 19451027 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Bache DD470 19451027 1 Front.jpg

"Victory Cancel"


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Bache DD470 19451111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bache DD470 19451111 1 Front.jpg

As DD-470


Locy Type


JonBurdett bache dd470 19460128 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bache dd470 19460128.jpg

As DD-470


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


JonBurdett bache dd470 19430623 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bache dd470 19430623.jpg

As DD-470

2nd Commissioning October 1 1951 to March 1 1968


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Bache DDE470 19540502 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bache DDE470 19540502 1 Front.jpg

As DDE-470
Welcome to Norfolk - HMCS MICMAC DDE 214, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Bache DDE470 19591011 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bache DDE470 19591011 1 Front.jpg

As DDE-470


Locy Type P
[2t(n+u) "E" removed]


JonBurdett bache dd470 19630209 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bache dd470 19630209.jpg

As DD-470


Other Information

BACHE earned 8 Battle Stars (WWII)

NAMESAKE - Commander George Mifflin Bache, USN (November 12 1840 - February 11 1896)
Bache was appointed Midshipman on November 9 1857. Graduating from the Naval Academy just after the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Passed Midshipman Bache went to sea in the sloop JAMESTOWN that operated along the Atlantic coast of the Confederacy. Later, he served briefly in the steam sloop POWHATAN before transferring to the squadron on the Mississippi River late in 1862. On November 8 1862, he received orders to assume command of the stern wheel, casemate gunboat CINCINNATI. Lt. Bache commanded the gunboat during operations leading up to the fall of Vicksburg, Miss., early in July of 1863. During those operations, however, his ship was sunk on May 27 1863 while dueling Confederate batteries defending the river approaches to the city. That summer, he took command of the sidewheel gunboat LEXINGTON and led her in a number of engagements with Confederate forces. In 1864, he returned to the Atlantic blockade as executive officer of POWHATAN. While assigned to that ship, Lt. Bache participated in both the unsuccessful and successful assaults on Fort Fisher, N.C., carried out in December 1864 and January 1865. In the latter attack, he was wounded but not severely. Following the Civil War, he served in SACRAMENTO until she was destroyed on a reef at the mouth of the Godavary River, Madras, India, on June 19 1867. Between 1869 and 1872, Lt. Comdr. Bache was assigned to the steam sloop JUNIATA on the European Station. After that, he went ashore to ordnance duty at the Washington Navy Yard until his retirement on April 5 1875. Comdr. Bache died on February 11 1896 at Washington, D.C



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