BRISTOL DD 453

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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.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 2 September 1940 - Launched 25 July 1941

  1. USS BRISTOL DD-453
    Commissioned 22 October 1941
    SUNK 13 October 1943 by German U-371 off Algiers
    52 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty
Bristol 1 Crest.jpg

Rear Admiral Mark L. Bristol, USN

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Bristol DD-453 Covers Page 1    (1941-1942)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-57

1941-10-22

GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19411022 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19411022 1 Front.jpg

Collector supplied postmark from Michael Sanders, ANCS Brooklyn Crew. This is the FDPS and FDC for the ship. George V. Sadworth's tribute to Richard Buchwald



Post office established November 1 1941 - Disestablished October 16 1943


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3 (A-OTO)

1941-11-01

GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19411101 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19411101 2 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9v

1941-11-01

JonBurdett bristol dd453 19411022-1 pm9v.jpg
JonBurdett bristol dd453 19411022-1.jpg

First Day Postal Service. Unlisted in USCS Postmark Catalog


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9x

1941-11-01

JonBurdett bristol dd453 19411022-1 pm9x.jpg
JonBurdett bristol dd453 19411022-1.jpg

First Day Postal Service. Unlisted in USCS Postmark Catalog


 

Locy Type
3 (A-OTO)

"GREGORY /
SUNK"

1942-09-05

GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19420905 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19420905 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by George V. Sadworth. Postmark commemorates the sinking of USS Gregory APD-3


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1942-03-02

JonBurdett bristol dd453 1942 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bristol dd453 1942.jpg

Pencil notation indicates date


 

Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-57a

1941

GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 1941 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 1941 1 Front.jpg

Fragment of BRISTOL's T-3 postmark appears on this cover.


 

Locy Type
Pz (OXO)

1942-11-11

GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19421111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bristol DD453 19421111 1 Front.jpg

Blue postmark dated 11-November-1942, Locy Type Pz(OXO) killer text "ATLANTA / DODGES / Bombers". Unfranked. Unaddressed. Violet rubber-stamps "ATLANTA DODGES Bombers" and "ATLANTA DODGES Dive Bmr's". Reverse blank. Light age toning as shown in image. Good condition, flap open, no tears or damage. Provisional postmark not listed in USCS Catalog, estimated rarity R-3. Created from Bristol postmark T-3(A-OTO), middle letter of "U.S.S." removed at top of dial, ship name removed from bottom of dial, "NAVY" added to dial, middle killer bar removed. Very likely the killer text was a separate rubber-stamp.
USS Atlanta CL-51. Courtesy of Bruce D. Liddell


 

Other Information

USS BRISTOL earned the Europe-Africa-Middle-East Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle Stars during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Mark Lambert Bristol, USN (April 17 1868 - May 13 1939)
Bristol graduated from the Naval Academy in 1887. During the Spanish-American War he served aboard USS TEXAS and participated in the battle of Santiago, Cuba. From 1901 to 1903 he served as aide to the Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Fleet. He commanded USS OKLAHOMA BB-37 during World War I and then served as United States High Commissioner in Turkey (1919-27). In 1927 Rear Admiral Bristol assumed command of the Asiatic Fleet. He died May 13 1939.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Adaline Clayton, wife of Powell Clayton (born Powell Foulk Clayton; August 7, 1833 – August 25, 1914) was an American politician and diplomat who served as a United States Senator from Arkansas from 1871 to 1877 and United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1899 to 1905. He previously served as the 9th Governor of Arkansas from 1868 to 1871.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name BRISTOL - USS Bristol DD-453 and USS Bristol DD-857

 


 

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