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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.

    Kidd Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid October 23 23 1978 as DARYUSH DD-994 for Iran
    Seized by Executive Order July 24 1979 and designated DD-994
    Redesignated Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) August 8 1979
    Launched December 1 1979

  2. Commissioned August 29 1981 - Decommissioned March 31 1989

  3. ROCS SU AO DDG-1802
  4. Sold to Taiwan May 30 2003
    ROCS Kee Lung Class Destroyer
    Commissioned December 17 2005


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 Callaghan DDG-994 Covers Page 1    (1982-98)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n)


JohnGermann Callaghan DDG994 19810829 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Callaghan DDG994 19810829 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Ronald Reeves


Locy Type
2-1(n) (D1,USS,
closing paren omitted)


GregCiesielski Callaghan DDG994 19811225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Callaghan DDG994 19811225 1 Front.jpg

Christmas 1981


Locy Type
2-1(n) (D1,USS,
closing paren omitted)


JonBurdett callaghan ddg994 19920516 pm.jpg
JonBurdett callaghan ddg994 19920516.jpg



Locy Type
(USS, FPO AP 9662-1266)


JonBurdett callaghan ddg994 19970716 pm.jpg
JonBurdett callaghan ddg994 19970716.jpg



Locy Type
9-1(nu) (USS)


JonBurdett callaghan ddg994 19820903 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett callaghan ddg994 19820903.jpg



Locy Type
(USS, FPO AP 9662-1266)


Jonburdett callaghan ddg994 19940302 pm9.jpg
Jonburdett callaghan ddg994 19940302.jpg



Locy Type F

FPO AP 96662-1266


GregCiesielski Callaghan DDG994 19980331 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Callaghan DDG994 19980331 1 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Daniel Judson Callaghan, USN (July 26 1890 - November 13 1942)
Callaghan graduated from the Naval Academy in 1911. His prewar service included command of USS TRUXTUN DD-14, staff duty afloat and ashore, and duty as Naval aide to the President. He commanded USS SAN FRANCISCO CA-38 from May 1941 to May 1942, then served as chief of staff to Commander, South Pacific area and South Pacific Force. Rear Admiral Callaghan was killed in action in the bitter naval Battle of Guadalcanal November 13 1942 while commanding forces that helped turn back a far stronger Japanese fleet. He was posthumously awarded The Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism during the action in which he gave his life.
Admiral Callaghan received the following awards - The Medal of Honor (posthumously), the Distinguished Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and posthumous awards of the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.



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