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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 11 October 1943 - Launched 5 March 1944

    Commissioned 16 May 1944 - Decommissioned 18 December 1970

    Struck from Naval Register 1 February 1974

  2. ARA PIEDRA BUENA D-29 (Argentine Naval Service)
    Transferred to Argentina 4 June 1974 and renamed

    Sunk 1988 in an Argentine Navy missile exercise

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Collett DD-730 Covers Page 1     (1945-1970)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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(n)



"NAVY DAY' added to killers


Locy Type 2(n)


Sailor's Mail


Locy Type 2a(n)


Collectors request, cover found on the USS Collett website.


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)


Project Gemini cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type 2r




Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type 2z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS COLLETT earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 6 Battle stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Viet Nam Service Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the United Nations Medal (Korea), the Korean Presidential Unit Commendation Ribbon and the Viet Nam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - LCDR John Austin Collett, USN (31 March 1908 - 26 October 1942)
Collett graduated from the Naval Academy in 1929. He was killed in action during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on October 26 1942, while commanding Torpedo Squadron 10 in USS ENTERPRISE CV-6.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. C. C. Baughman as proxy for Mrs. J. D. Collett, sister-in-law of LCDR Collett.



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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