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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.

    Allen M Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 30 1943 - November 28 1943

  1. USS BLUE DD-744
    Commissioned March 20 1944 - Decommissioned February 14 1947
    Recommissioned May 14 1949 - Decommissioned December 12 1949
    Recommissioned September 15 1950 - Decommissioned January 26 1971

    Struck from Naval Register February 1 1974
    Sunk April 28 1977 as target off California

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. Covers Page 1     (1944-67)



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
Killer Bar Text

Date From
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Cover Image

Post Office Established April 1 1944 - Disestablished February 12 1947


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2(n) Oct 27, 1945


Navy Day "Victory Cancel"


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Post Office Reestablished October 16 1950 - Disestablished October 1 1970


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FDPS 2 Dec 4, 1950


First Day Postal Service


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Official ship cachet


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60 Years of Destroyers cachet


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USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-85a




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Other Information

BLUE earned 6 Battle Stars for WWII and 6 Battle Stars for Korea service

BLUE DD-744 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender ceremony

NAMESAKE - Victor Blue USN (December 6 1865 - January 22 1928)
Blue graduated from the Academy in 1887. Lieutenant Blue was advanced five numbers for intelligence missions in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He serve as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation (1913-16) and 1919) and commanded USS TEXAS BB-35 during her service with the 6th Battle Squadron. Rear Admiral Blue retired in 1919 and died January 22 1928



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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