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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.

    Benjamin Franklin Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
    Keel Laid 2 March 1964 - Launched 21 May 1965

    Commissioned 29 April 1966 - Decommissioned 24 September 1992

    Struck from Naval Register 24 September 1992
    Disposed of through NPSSRP 28 February 1994

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 George C. Marshall SSBN-654 Covers Page 1     (1965-2016)



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

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USPS Pictorial Postmarks


USPS Pictorial

"50th Anniversary

Norfolk VA


50th Anniversary of Commissioning, Cachet by Mike Brock


Other Information

NAMESAKE - General of the Army George Catlett Marshall, USA (December 31 1880 - October 16 1959)
Marshall graduated from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1901, entered the US Army in 1902 and retired in 1951. America's foremost soldier during World War II and Diplomat; creator of The Marshall Plan to redevelop post-war nations. Marshall also served as U.S. Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949 and as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1950 to 1951. He also served as Chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission 1949-1959.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Katherine Marshall, wife of General George Marshall.



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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