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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.

    Leahy Class Guided Missile Cruiser
    Keel Laid September 6 1960 - Launched July 28 1962

  1. USS DALE DLG-19
    Commissioned Guided Missile Frigate (DLG) November 23 1963
    Decommissioned November 10 1970
    Recommissioned December 11 1971

  2. USS DALE CG-19
    Reclassified Guided Missile Cruiser (CG) June 30 1975
    Decommissioned September 27 1994

    Struck from Naval Register September 27 1994
    Sunk April 6 2000 as target

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. Dale Covers Page 1     (1962-94)



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

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

Post Office Established November 23 1963 - Disestablished October 22 1970


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) Nov 23, 1963


As DLG-19


Locy Type


As DLG-19


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DLG-19

Post Office Reestablished December 11 1971 - Disestablished September 23 1994


Locy Type
2(n+) (DLG,USS)


As DLG-19


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (CG,USS)


As CG-19
USCS Postmark Catalog shows a 1976-07-04 illustration of this mark stating it is a forgery...
Not sure if the mark is fake or the specific date.


Locy Type
2-1n+ (USS) 1983


As CG-19


Locy Type
2-1pn+ (USS)


As CG-19


Locy Type
2-1n+ (USS) 1993


As CG-19


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Captain Richard Dale, USN (November 6 1756 - February 26 1826)
Dale was a Revolutionary War Hero and served in the War of 1812



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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