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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.

    Buckley Class Type TE Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid May 28 1943 - Launched October 31 1943

  1. USS BOWERS DE-637
    Commissioned January 27 1944

    Converted to High Speed Transport (APD) June 25 1945
    Decommissioned February 10 1947
    Recommissioned February 6 1951
    Assigned as Naval Reserve Training Ship 5th Naval District at Norfolk VA, March 1955
    Decommissioned December 18 1958

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1961

  3. RAJAH SOLIMAN D-66 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Transferred to The Philippines April 21 1961 and renamed
    LOST (Typhoon) June 1962 at Bataan National Shipyard

    Raised and stricken December 1964
    Broken up for scrap 1966


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. Bowers Covers Page 1    (1946-53)



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 Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link to
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link to
Full Cover Image

1st Commissioning January 27 1944 to February 10 1947


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945


JohnGermann Bowers APD40 19451027 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Bowers APD40 19451027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day 1945 "Victory Cancel"


Locy Type
2(n) (APD 40)


GregCiesielski Bowers APD40 19460305 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bowers APD40 19460305 1 Front.jpg

As APD-40


Locy Type
2(n) (APD 40)


GregCiesielski Bowers APD40 19460531 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bowers APD40 19460531 1 Front.jpg

As APD-40

2nd Commissioning February 6 1951 to December 18 1958


Locy Type


JonBurdett bowers apd40 19510319-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bowers apd40 19510319-1.jpg

As APD-40
First Day Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


JonBurdett bowers apd40 19530109 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bowers apd40 19530109.jpg

As APD-40


Other Information

BOWERS earned 4 Battle Stars (WWII)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Ensign Robert Keith Bowers USN (September 25 1915 - December 7 1941) killed in Pearl Harbor attack while serving on USS CALIFORNIA BB-44



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