From NavalCoverMuseum
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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 December 3 1956 - Launched January 4 1958

  1. USS EDSON DD-946
    Commissioned April 3 1959 - Decommissioned December 15 1988

    Struck from Naval Register January 31 1989

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. Covers Page 1    (1959-82)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established November 7 1958 - Disestablished May 31 1976


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Note: Catalog error or unlisted type.
Listed in USCS Postmark Catalog as Type 2n...Clearly this is Type 2(n+) (USS)


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (U.S.S. EDSON)




Locy Type
2t(n+u) (U.S.S.EDSON)




Locy Type



Pictorial Postmarks used after POD


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-7




Locy Type F
(date added with rubber stamp)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-7


Note: "Tall Ship" event was June 4 1980, postmark still in use.


Locy Type Fa
(dial of CD-7,
date added with rubber stamp)


Note: Postcard, front side


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. E-42


Tall Ships 1982
Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Major General Merritt Austin Edson, USMC (April 25 1897 – August 14 1955).
Among his many decorations for outstanding, meritorious service, "Red Mike" Edson was awarded the Medal of Honor, two Navy Crosses, Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, the Presidential Unit Citation with two bronze stars, the Mexican Service Medal, World War I Victory Medal with Maltese Cross, Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, China Service Medal with bronze star, American Defense Service Medal with bronze star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with six bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Distinguished Service Order (British Empire) and the Nicaraguan Medal of Merit. He is best known by Marines for the defense of Lunga Ridge during the Battle of Guadalcanal September 13–14, 1942 and the creation of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion.



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.


Copyright 2024 Naval Cover Museum