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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.

    Edsall Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid May 28 1943 - Launched August 16 1943

    Commissioned November 17 1943 - Decommissioned May 1 1946
    Reclassified Radar Picket Escort (DER) October 28 1954

    Recommissioned September 12 1955 - Decommissioned July 2 1973

    Stricken July 2 1973
    Sold May 14 1974 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. Calcaterra Covers Page 1    (1945-68)



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.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning November 17 1943 to May 1 1946


Locy Type


As DE-390

2nd Commissioning September 12 1955 to July 2 1973


Locy Type


As DER-390


Locy Type


As DER-390
Around the World Cruise 1965-1966


Locy Type


AS DER-390


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
American Campaign Medal
European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Antarctica Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

NAMESAKE - Motor Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Herbert A. Calcaterra USN (1920-1942)
As a member of the crew of USS POMPANO SS-181 Calcaterra was fatally wounded during action against an armed enemy patrol ship September 4 1942, and was awarded The Silver Star posthumously for conspicuous gallantry



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