BIGELOW DD 942

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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.

    Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 6 July 1955 - Launched 2 February 1957

  1. USS BIGELOW DD-942
  2. Commissioned 8 November 1957 - Decommissioned 5 November 1983

    Struck from Naval Register 1 June 1990
    Sold for scrap 1993
    Repossessed 1 October 1996
    Sunk 2 April 2003 as target in SINKEX
BIGELOW PATCH.jpg

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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. USS Bigelow DD-942 Covers Page 1     (1957-1979)

 

Postmarks

This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type
FDPS 2t(n+u)

1957-11-08

JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19571108-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19571108-1.jpg

First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9fu

1957-11-08

JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19571108-1 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19571108-1.jpg

First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-110

1967-12-02

JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19671202 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19671202.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-110

1967-12-25

GregCiesielski Bigelow DD942 19671225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bigelow DD942 19671225 1 Front.jpg

Christmas


 

Locy Type
2(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-110a

1979-02-22

GregCiesielski Bigelow DD942 19790222 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bigelow DD942 19790222 1 Front.jpg

70th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet return, cachet by TM Historical Covers


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u)

1958-04-04

JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19580404 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19580404.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)

1979-03-07

JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19790307-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19790307-1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)

1966-06-15
to
1966-06-16

JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19660616 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19660616.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9fu

1967-12-02

JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19671202 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett bigelow dd942 19671202.jpg

Note:

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Water Tender 1/c Elmer Charles Bigelow, USN (12 July 1920 - 16 February 1945)
Bigelow enlisted in the Navy 21 September 1942. On 15 February 1945 while engaged with Japanese forces off Corregidor Island, Philippine Islands, destroyer USS Fletcher DD-445 was struck by an enemy projectile which penetrated a magazine and set fire to several powder cases. Water Tender, Second Class Bigelow, entered the burning compartment and extinguished the fire. He died the following day of injuries sustained and was posthumously awarded The Medal of Honor.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Verna B. Perry, mother of Water Tender Bigelow.

 


 

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