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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.

    Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 1 February 1955 - Launched 28 March 1956

  1. USS DAVIS DD-937
    Commissioned 6 March 1957 - Decommissioned 31 October 1969
    Recommissioned 17 October 1970 - 20 December 1982

    Stricken 27 July 1990 - Sold 30 June 1994 for scrap

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Davis DD-937 Covers Page 1    (1961-1978)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning March 6 1957 to October 31 1969


Locy Type
FDC 9fu




Locy Type 2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-42




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-42a




Locy Type


Note: Stamp missing


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-42c



2nd Commissioning 17 October 1970 to 20 December 1982


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


Official Mail, from the George Marcincin collection.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Commander George F. Davis, USNR (March 23 1911 - January 6 1945)
Davis was appointed to the United States Naval Academy from the Naval Reserve in 1930 and graduated in May 1934. Ensign Davis' first duty station was the new Heavy Cruiser USS TUACALOOSA CA-37. While in that ship he served as an Aircraft Gunnery Observer with her embarked aviation units. From 1939 to 1941 Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Davis served as an officer of the Destroyer USS BROOME DD-210 and Fast Minesweeper USS HOPKINS DMS-13. Following promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in mid-1941 he was assigned to the Battleship USS OKLAHOMA BB-37, which was sunk on December 7 1941 when Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor opened the Pacific War. In January 1942 Lieutenant Davis was transferred to the Light Cruiser USS HONOLULU CL-48, in which he participated in operations in the Aleutian Islands, the hard fighting over Guadalcanal and the Central Solomons, and the campaign to recover Guam. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and Commander while serving in Honolulu, which he left in mid-1944. Following training in advanced surface warfare techniques, he was given command of the Destroyer USS WALKE DD-416 in late November 1944. On January 6 1945 his ship was covering minesweeping operations in advance of the Lingayen Gulf invasion when she was attacked by four Japanese Kamikazes. Though WALKE shot down two, the third plane struck the ship, enveloping her bridge area in burning gasoline. Though horribly burned, Commander Davis remained on his feet, conned the ship, directed damage control efforts and saw to the destruction of the fourth suicide plane. Only when WALKE's survival was assured did he relinquish his post to be taken below, where he died a short time later. For his conduct, Commander George F. Davis was posthumously awarded The Medal of Honor. His body was buried at sea.



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