CLAUDE V RICKETTS DDG 5

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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.

    Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Ordered as Destroyer DD-955
    Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) 23 April 1957
    Keel Laid 18 May 1959 - Launched 4 June 1960

  1. USS BIDDLE DDG-5
    Commissioned 5 May 1962

  2. USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5
    Renamed 28 July 1964
    Decommissioned 31 October 1989

    Struck from Naval Register 1 June 1990
    Sold to Metro Machine Philadelphia for scrap
    Completed 8 November 2002
Biddle PATCH.jpg
CLAUDE V RICKETTS 1 PATCH.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Biddle DDG-5 Covers Page 1    (1962-64)
  2. USS Claude V. Ricketts DDG-5 Covers Page 1    (1967-89)

 

Postmarks

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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.
 
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image

USS BIDDLE

Post Office Established May 5 1962 - Disestablished October 31 1989


 

Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)

1962-05-05

JonBurdett biddle ddg5 19620505r pm.jpg
JonBurdett biddle ddg5 19620505.jpg

As BIDDLE DDG-5. First Day in Commission. R/S cachet.


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1964-03-31

JonBurdett biddle ddg5 19640331 pm.jpg
JonBurdett biddle ddg5 19640331.jpg

As BIDDLE DDG-5. R/S cachet.


 

Locy Type
LD 2(n+)

1964-07-28

GregCiesielski Biddle DDG5 19640728 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Biddle DDG5 19640728 1 Front.jpg

As BIDDLE DDG-5. R/S cachet. AM in dial.


 

Locy Type
LD 9ef(n+u)

1964-07-28

JonBurdett biddle ddg5 19640728r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett biddle ddg5 19640728.jpg

Last Day as BIDDLE DDG-5.


 

Locy Type
LD 2(n+)

1964-07-28

GregCiesielski Biddle DDG5 19640728 1 Cachet.jpg
GregCiesielski Biddle DDG5 19640728 1 Front.jpg

Last Day As BIDDLE DDG-5. Close up of R/S cachet. AM in dial.



USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS


 

Locy Type
FD 2(n+) (USS)

1964-07-28

GregCiesielski ClydeVRicketts DDG5 19640728 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski ClydeVRicketts DDG5 19640728 1 Front.jpg

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. PM in dial.


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1967-07-24

JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19670724 pm.jpg
JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19670724.jpg

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS,
Lettering fills dial)

1972-04-20

JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19720420r pm.jpg
JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19720420.jpg

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)

1982-11-18

JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19821118 pm.jpg
JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19821118.jpg

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)

1988-12-25

JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19881225 pm.jpg
JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19881225.jpg

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5


 

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

1967-07-24

JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19670724 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19670724.jpg

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1989-08-24

JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19890824 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19890824.jpg

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5


 

Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+)

1989-10-31

JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19891031r pm.jpg
JonBurdett claudevricketts ddg5 19891031.JPG

As CLAUDE V. RICKETTS DDG-5. Last Day in Commission

 

Other Information

BIDDLE

NAMESAKE - Captain Nicholas Biddle (September 10 1750 – March 17 1778)
Biddle was one of the first five Captains of the Continental Navy, which was raised by the Americans during the American Revolutionary War

CLAUDE V. RICKETTS

NAMESAKE - Admiral Claude Vernon Ricketts, USN (February 23 1906 – July 6 1964)
Ricketts served in the United States Navy as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations....As Gunnery Officer he was awarded the Commendation Ribbon w/ "V" for his actions aboard USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48 when he assumed command of the ship upon Captain Bennion's death during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Admiral Ricketts earned the following awards during his Naval career - Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with "V" Device, the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" Device, the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 silver star and 2 bronze stars, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star. Admiral Ricketts also earned the Naval Aviator Badge.

 


 

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