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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.

    Leahy Class Destroyer Leader
    Keel Laid 4 October 1960 - Launched 6 March 1962

  2. Commissioned 7 December 1963 - Decommissioned 10 April 1970
    Recommissioned 26 June 26 1971

  4. Reclassified Guided Missile Cruiser (CG) 30 June 1975
    Decommissioned 21 January 1994

    Struck from Naval Register 21 January 1994
    Sold to International Shipbreaking LTD, Brownsville, TX for scrap
    Scrapping completed 20 October 2004

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 England DLG-22 / CG-22 Covers Page 1    (1963-1981)



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

1st Commissioning 7 December 1963 to 10 April 1970


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) (USS)


DLG-22. First Day in Commission. Cachet by Morris W. Beck

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


DLG-22. Ship's stationary.

2nd Commissioning 26 June 1971 to 21 January 1994


Locy Type



Locy Type



Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)



Locy Type


CG-22. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS,"DLG")


DLG-22. From the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


Locy Type
9eft(n+u) (USS,"CG")


CG-22. Rubber stamp cachet.

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type
9-1n+ (USN,USS)




Other Information

USS ENGLAND earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 Campaign stars, the Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4 awards), the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1st Class Unit Award Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Ensign John Charles England, USNR (11 December 1920 - 7 December 1941)
England completed his training on 5 June 1941 and was commissioned Ensign, USNR, 6 June 1941. On 3 September 1941, he reported for duty in USS Oklahoma BB-37 and was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. Ensign England survived the initial attack and escaped topside as the ship was capsizing. He remembered the men still in the radio room. He returned three times to the radio room, each time guiding a man to safety. He left to go back below decks for the fourth time and was never seen again. Ensign England's gallant efforts saved three, but cost him his life. He was one of twenty officers and 395 enlisted men were killed on board USS Oklahoma that morning. Ensign John Charles England was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

Two ships of the US Navy were named in his honor - USS England DE-635 and USS England CG-22.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Claire [Lucretia C.] Engel, wife of Senator Donald Engel of California.



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