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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.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 13 February 1945 - Launched 7 July 1945

    Commissioned 17 November 1945 - Decommissioned 30 September 1976

    Struck from Naval Register 30 September 1976
    Sold 10 June 1977 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. USS Brownson DD-868 Covers Page 1     (1946-1965)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-93a




Locy Type 2

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-93b


Courtesy of the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type 2(n)


Navy Day


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


Add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner.


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover. Cover from USS LEYTE CV-32


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


Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS BROWNSON earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal (2 awards), the Antarctic Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Willard Herbert Brownson, USN (8 July 1845 - 16 March 1935)
Brownson graduated from the Academy in 1865. He commanded the Protected Cruiser USS DETROIT at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the revolution of 1893-94 and USS YANKEE during the Spanish-American War. From 1900 until 1902 he was Superintendent of the Naval Academy. He became Commander-in-Chief of the Asiatic Fleet October 15 1906. After his retirement in July 1907 he continued on active duty as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation by order of President Theodore Roosevelt. Rear Admiral Brownson died at Washington, D.C., 16 March 1935.

The ships sponsor was Miss Caroline Brownson Hart, granddaughter of Admiral Brownson.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Brownson DD-518 and USS Brownson DD-868.



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