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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.

    Farragut Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 16 December 1932 as PHELPS
    Name changed 13 August 1933
    Launched 28 July 1934

  1. USS DEWEY DD-349
    Commissioned 4 October 1934 - Decommissioned 19 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 1 November 1945
    Sold 20 December 1946 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 Dewey DD-349 Covers Page 1    (1934-1945)



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


Locy Type



First Day in Commission


Locy Type

ED 10-4-34"


First Day Postal Service, cachet by Admiral George Dewey Chapter No. 8, USCS


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)



Shakedown Cruise, cachet by C. Wright Richell, sponsored by L. H. Markley


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)




Locy Type 3z




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


Cachet & Cancel by the Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop)


Other Information

USS DEWEY earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 13 Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS DEWEY was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Admiral George Dewey USN (December 26 1837 – January 16 1917) an Officer of The United States Navy, best known for his victory (without the loss of a single life of his own forces due to combat) at The Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. He was also the only person in the history of the United States to have attained the rank of Admiral of The Navy, the most senior rank in The United States Navy.

Four ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Dewey YFD-1, USS Dewey DD-349, USS Dewey DDG-45 and USS Dewey DDG-105.

The ships sponsor was Miss A. M. Dewey, great-grandniece of Admiral Dewey.



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