COMTE DE GRASSE DD 974

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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.

    Spruance Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid April 4 1975 - Launched March 26 1976

  1. USS COMTE DE GRASSE DD-974
    Commissioned August 5 1978 - Decommissioned June 5 1998

    Struck from Naval Register June 5 1998
    Sunk June 7 2006 as a target
COMTE DE GRASSE PATCH.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1979-90)

 

Postmarks

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Post Office Established July 30 1978 - Disestablished June 5 1998


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n+) Aug 5, 1978

1978-08-05

JohnGermann Comte de Grasse DD974 19780805 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Comte de Grasse DD974 19780805 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by U.S.S. America Chapter No. 71, USCS


 

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

1978-08-21

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19780821 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19780821 1 Front.jpg

Welcome to Norfolk - HMS CHARYBDIS, cachet by the Tazewell G. Nicholson


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS, DE GRASSE)

1979-12-05

JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19791205 pm.jpg
JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19791205.jpg

Note:


 

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

1987-06-02

JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870602-1 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870602-1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"ARMED /
FORCES /
DAY '87"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1987-05-016

JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870516 pm.jpg
JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870516.jpg

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Locy Type F

"ARMED /
FORCES /
DAY '87"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1987-05-16

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870516r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870516 1 Front.jpg

Armed Forces Day '87, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"SOLID /
SHIELD /
'87"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56

1987-05-01

JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870501 pm.jpg
JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870501.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"SOLID /
SHIELD /
'87"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56

1987-05-01

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870501r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870501 1 Front.jpg

Solid Shield '87, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"DEPENDENT'S /
CRUISE '87"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1987-06-02

JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870602 pm.jpg
JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19870602.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"DEPENDENT'S /
CRUISE '87"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1987-06-02

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870602r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870602 1 Front.jpg

Dependent's Cruise '87, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"MED /
CRUISE /
'87"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56a

1987-06-14

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870614r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19870614 1 Front.jpg

Med Cruise '87, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"/1987/"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56a

1987-10-13

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19871013r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19871013 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day 1987, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"/FPO 09566/"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56

1987-11-11

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19871111r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19871111 1 Front.jpg

Memorial Day 1987, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"MERRY /
CHRISTMAS"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1987-12-25

JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19871225 pm.jpg
JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19871225.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"MERRY /
CHRISTMAS"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1987-12-25

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19871225r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19871225 1 Front.jpg

Merry Christmas, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"NEW YEAR'S /
DAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1988-01-01

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19880101r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19880101 1 Front.jpg

New Year's Day, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"LINCOLN'S /
BIRTHDAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1988-02-12

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19880212r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19880212 1 Front.jpg

Lincoln's Birthday, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"WASHINGTON'S /
BIRTHDAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1988-02-22

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19880222r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19880222 1 Front.jpg

Washington's Birthday, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"CHECK /
MATE /
SEVEN"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56b

1988-08-16

GregCiesielski CDGrasse DD974 19880816 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski CDGrasse DD974 19880816 1 Front.jpg

Law Enforcement Operations, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"SEASONS /
1988 /
GREETINGS"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56c

1988-12-25

GregCiesielski CDGrasse DD974 19881225r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski CDGrasse DD974 19881225 1 Front.jpg

Merry Christmas, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type F

"CHANGE /
OF /
COMMAND"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56d

1989-03-14

JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19890314 pm.jpg
JonBurdett comtedegrasse dd974 19890314.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"CHANGE /
OF /
COMMAND"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-56d

1989-01-09

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19890109r 1 Front-1- pm.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19890109 1 Front.jpg

Change of Command, cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+) (USS,DEGRASSE)

1998-06-05

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19980605 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19980605 1 Front.jpg

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


 

Locy Type
LDC 9-1(n+u) (USS,DEGRASSE)

1998-06-05

GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19980605 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski ComteDeGrasse DD974 19980605 1 Front.jpg

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

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - François Joseph Paul, marquis de Grasse Tilly, comte de Grasse (1722 - January 14 1788) a French admiral
At the age of eleven, de Grasse entered the Order of Malta as a page of the Grand Master. In 1734, de Grasse became an ensign on the galleys of the Knights Hospitaller and, in 1740, he entered the French Navy. In 1776, the American War of Independence against Great Britain began and the French Navy was assigned to assist the American cause. As a commander of a division, de Grasse served under Louis Guillouet, comte d'Orvilliers at the First Battle of Ushant from July 23 to 27, 1778. In 1779, he joined the fleet of Count d'Estaing in the Caribbean and distinguished himself in the battles of Dominica and Saint Lucia during 1780 and of Tobago during 1781. He contributed to the capture of Grenada and took part in the three actions fought by Guichen against Admiral Rodney in the Battle of Martinique. He came to the aid of Washington and Rochambeau, setting sail with 3,000 men from Saint-Dominique. de Grasse landed the 3,000 French reinforcements in Virginia, and immediately afterwards decisively defeated the British fleet in the Battle of the Chesapeake in September 1781. He drew away the English forces and blockaded the coast until Lord Cornwallis surrendered, ensuring the independence of the United States of America. He was less fortunate at Battle of St. Kitts, where he was defeated by Admiral Hood. Shortly afterwards, in April 1782, he was defeated and taken prisoner by Admiral Rodney at the Battle of the Saintes. Some months later, he returned to France, published a Mémoire justificatif and, in 1784, was acquitted by a court-martial

 


 

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