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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 July 30 1943 - Launched December 28 1943

  1. USS BRUSH DD-745
    Commissioned April 17 1944 - Decommissioned October 27 1969

    Struck from Naval Register October 27 1969

  2. HSIANG YANG DD-1 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Transferred to Taiwan December 9 1969 and renamed
    Sold to Taiwan September 15 1975

    Stricken by Taiwan 1984 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. Covers Page 1    (1943-68)



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.


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Killer Bar Text

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Post Office Established April 17 1944 - Disestablished December 15 1947


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2(n) Oct 27, 1945


1945 Navy Day "Victory Cancel"


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Mark from back of cover

Post Office Reestablished August 16 1954 - Disestablished October 27 1969


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2(n) (USS)




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Other Information

BRUSH earned 5 Battle Stars for WWII and 4 Battle Stars for Korea service

NAMESAKE - Charles Francis Brush (March 17 1849 - June 15 1929)
A physicist, inventor, and manufacturer. In 1878, after successful experimentation with electric lighting, he produced the electric arc light which bears his name. In 1880 he founded the Brush Electric Co., which became the owner of his numerous patents in the filed of electric lighting. He died at Cleveland, Ohio, June 15 1929



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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