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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 15 September 1920 - Launched 29 October 1921

  2. Commissioned 9 August 1922 - Decommissioned 17 January 1923
    Recommissioned 26 September 1923 - Decommissioned 28 July 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 13 August 1945
    Sold 30 November 1945 and broken up for scrap


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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 Decatur DD-341 Covers Page 1    (1932-1944)



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.
>>> 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

Post Office Established 2 February 1925 - Disestablished 9 July 1945


Locy Type 3


New Year's Day. Unknown handpainted cachet, signed by the NMC. Postmark on back from San Diego, CA dated 02-Jan-1932


Locy Type 3



Cachet artist Whipple Y. Chester, cachet sponsor John Paul Jones Chapter No. 2, USCS and serviced by Deane C. Bartley. Siege of Seattle.


Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"N.O.B. /




Locy Type


Picture postcard of SS President Adams in the Panama Canal


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



Midshipman Cruise


Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-9


Registered postmark on a Business Reply postcard serviced by Chester Knowlson


Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. D-9a




Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type


This marking has not been reported as a postmark (used to kill a stamp). Cover is also postmarked from USS Roper DD-147 and USS Nokomis PY-6


Locy Type

Locy Type


This marking has not been reported as a postmark (used to kill a stamp). Cover is also postmarked from USS Roper DD-147 and USS Nokomis PY-6


Pictorial Postmark

"46th USCS
Convention Station"

Cromwell, CT


100th Anniversary of Destroyers in the US Navy. Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

USS DECATUR earned 2 Battle Stars for her WWII service

NAMESAKE - Stephen Decatur (5 January 1779 - 22 March 1820)
Decatur was warranted a Midshipman at the age of 19 and made his first cruise in the Frigate UNITED STATES. In command of the Schooner ENTERPRISE at the outbreak of the Tripolitan War, he captured the Bomb Ketch MASTICO on December 23 1803. He used this ship, renamed INTREPID, in his daring raid to burn the captured Frigate PHILADELPHIA in the harbor of Tripoli, February 16 1804. He also distinguished himself during the attacks on Tripoli in command of a gunboat division. Promoted to Captain he was assigned command of CONSTITUTION, and later, in November 1804, CONGRESS. He negotiated with the Bey of Tunis at the close of the Tripolitan War, and returned to the United States in September 1805 with the Tunisian envoy. During the War of 1812 he commanded UNITED STATES, capturing HMS MACEDONONIAN in one of the greatest single-ship actions of naval history. He took command of PRESIDENT at New York and attempting to slip through the blockade fell in with a British squadron of five heavy ships. After 2 hours of furious combat the frigate HMS ENDYMION was silenced but PRESIDENT had suffered such extensive damage that it was impossible to execute an escape. The twice-wounded Decatur reluctantly surrendered, but was paroled, landing at New London February 22 1815. Returning to the Mediterranean in 1815, Decatur in Guerriere, negotiated a treaty with the Dey of Algiers which ended tribute and exacted full payment for injuries to Americans, then concluded similar agreements with the Bey of Tunis and the Bashaw of Tripoli. From November 1815 until killed by Commodore James Barron in a duel March 22 1820, Decatur served on the Board of Navy Commissioners.



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