CURTS FFG 38

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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.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate
    Keel Laid 1 July 1981 - Launched 6 March 1982

  1. USS CURTS FFG-38
    Commissioned 8 October 1983 - Decommissioned 25 January 2013
    Transferred to the inactive reserves 27 February 2013
CURTS FFG38 1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Curts FFG-38 Covers Page 1    (1984-2013)

 

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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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n)

1983-10-08

JohnGermann Curts FFG38 19831008 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Curts FFG38 19831008 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Commission


 

Locy Type
2-1(n) (D2,USS,USN)

1987-08-26

JonBurdett curts ffg38 19870826 pm.jpg
JonBurdett curts ffg38 19870826.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
2-1(n) (D1,USS,USN)

1991-03-08

JonBurdett curts ffg38 19910308 pm.jpg
JonBurdett curts ffg38 19910308.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
9-1(nu) (USS,USN)

1991-03-08

JonBurdett curts ffg38 19910308 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett curts ffg38 19910308.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9-3(n+) (USN,
USS, FPO AP 96662-1493)

2005-10-13

GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20051013 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20051013 1 Front.jpg

Ships cachet, from the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


 

Locy Type
13-3 (USN,
USS, FPO AP 96662-1493)

2005-10-13

GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20051013 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20051013 1 Front.jpg

Ships cachet, from the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


 

Locy Type F

"Decommissioning"

FPO AP 96662

2013-01-25

GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20130125 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20130125 3 Front.jpg

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



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Decommissioning
Station"

San Diego CA

2013-01-25

GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20130125 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20130125 2 Front.jpg

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


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Last Day In /
Commission Station"

San Diego CA

2013-02-27

GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20130227 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Curts FFG38 20130227 1 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by Robert Jank

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Admiral Maurice E. Curts USN (1898-1976)
Curts was a former Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and heroic cruiser commander of World War II. He was awarded The Navy Cross and Silver Star Medal for extraordinary heroism while commanding the Light Cruiser USS COLUMBIA CL-56 during the Leyte landings, the Battle of Suringao Strait, the Lingayen gulf landings, he continued to lead his cruiser in action despite the severe damage inflicted by two suicide planes which had left nearly 100 of his men dead or wounded. During the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 1941, he earned The Bronze Star Medal as Communications Officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Following the close of World War II, he was Force Commander, Operational Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Assistant Chief of Naval Operations (Readiness); and Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, serving with great distinction until January 13 1956. On this date, he was designated by the President as the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, serving until the arrival of his relief on February 1 1958. A month later, he became Commander Western Sea Frontier, remaining until his retirement on April 1 1960. Early naval service included duty as Officer in Charge, Radio and Sound, Naval Research Laboratory (June 1936 - May 1938) where he earned a Commendation from The Secretary of the Navy for outstanding service in the development of radar.

The USS CURTS earned the following awards during her Naval career - Combat Action Ribbon, Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4+ awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 7 stars, Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwaiti).

The ships sponsors are Mrs. Kimbrali Curts Efsaif, Ms. Lucinda Scarlet and Mrs. Martha Curts Hilton.

 


 

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