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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 December 1 1943 as DE-721 - Launched February 9 1944

    Crosley Class High Speed Transport
    Redesignated (APD) July 17 1944

    Commissioned May 28 1945 - Decommissioned June 18 1946
    Struck from Naval Register December 12 1963

  2. ARM USUMACINTA B-6 (Mexican Naval Service)
    Transferred to Mexico December 12 1963 and renamed

  3. ARM MIGUEL HIDALGO (Mexican Naval Service)
    Renamed (Date unknown)
    Struck from Mexican Navy List 2002

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. Covers Page 1     (1944-45)



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


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Pittsburgh PA


DE-721. Launching, cachet by Harry Trimble


Locy Type 2z


APD-118. Official Business


Locy Type
15808 Branch


As APD-118


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Don Otis Woods USN (May 19 1922 - August 8 1942)
Woods enlisted in the Navy June 12 1940 and died of wounds received in enemy action August 8 1942. Hospital Apprentice First Class Woods was posthumously awarded The Silver Star for his heroism in braving the fire of enemy snipers to rescue injured Marines in the assault on Gavutu, Solomon Islands, until he himself was mortally wounded



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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