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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.

    Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 18 July 1944 as Destroyer Escort DE-690
    Redesignated Crosley Class High-speed Transport (APD)
    While under construction
    Launched 15 August 1944

  2. Commissioned 8 December 1944

  4. Name shortened 1 March 1945
    Decommissioned 30 July 1959
    Recommissioned 8 June 1962

  6. Redesignated Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR) 1 January 1969
    Decommissioned 31 October 1969

    Struck from Naval Register 15 September 1974
    Sold 1 June 1975 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 Diachenko APD-123 Covers Page 1     (1944-1964)



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 17 February 1945 - Disestablished 1 March 1947


Locy Type 2(n)



Post Office Closed At This Time.


Locy Type


APD-123. ""Received" stamps are used in many ship's offices to mark correspondence to indicate the date (and often the time) it was received. On occasion these and similar markings (even a few that say "PAID" or "CANCELLED") have also been used to postmark mail, especially when the ship had no operating post office at the time, or no standard postmark was available." USCS Postmark Catalog, Vol. 5. Add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner

Post Office Reestablished 1962 - Disestablished 22 September 1969


Locy Type
2(n) (APD,USS)




Locy Type
9ef(nu) (APD,USS)




Locy Type
LDPS 2t(nu)


LPR-123. Last Day of Postal service.


Other Information

USS DIACHENKO earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal w/ 6 Battle Stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Battle Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Alex Maxwell Diachenko (March 21 1919 - March 10 1943)
Diachenko enlisted in the Navy September 24 1940. On March 10 1943, his ship USS Eberle DD-430 apprehended a blockade runner in the South Atlantic, and Watertender Second Class Diachenko was one of the boarding party sent to seize the ship. These men lost their lives when scuttling charges exploded. Diachenko was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his courageous role in this action.



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