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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 3 1918 - Launched December 7 1918

  1. USS BALLARD Destroyer No. 267
    Commissioned June 5 1919

    Redesignated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned June 17 1922
    Recommissioned June 25 1940

    Redesignated High-speed Transport (AVD) August 2 1940
    Decommissioned December 5 1945

    Struck from Naval Register January 3 1946
    Sold May 23 1946 and broken up for scrap


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. Ballard Covers Page 1    (1941-45)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

Post Office Established March 12 1941 - Disestablished November 14 1945


Locy Type
FDPS 3 Mar 19, 1941


As AVD-10
First Day of Postal Service, cachet by M. Fay Muridge


Locy Type


As AVD-10
First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type


As AVD-10
First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type


As AVD-10
Censored sailor's mail


Locy Type
3 (A-BBB)


As AVD-10
Add-on cachet by - Bruce D. Liddell


Locy Type
3z (TTT)


As AVD-10


Locy Type


As AVD-10
Mark from back of cover


Locy Type
Fake Oct 25, 1941

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3a


Hobby Shop fake cancel


Other Information

BALLARD earned 2 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 15 to July 3 1944
* Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, September 6 to October 14 1944

NAMESAKE - Edward J. Ballard
Ballard was Warranted a Midshipman on February 24 1809 and while still holding that rank, served as Fourth Lieutenant in CHESAPEAKE on June 1 1813 when that American frigate challenged the British man of war HMS SHANNON outside Boston harbor. Most of CHESAPEAKE's crew had been recently recruited, and most of her officers were newly assigned to the ship. As a result of this inexperience and of the crew's lack of training as a team, the Americans were quickly bested in the ensuing battle. During the engagement, a cannon shot took off Ballard's right leg close to his body, and he died shortly afterwards. On June 2 1813, the day following the action, the Navy Department, which had not yet heard of the action promoted Ballard to Lieutenant



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