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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 8 June 1918 - Launched 20 November 1918

  1. USS GOLDSBOROUGH Destroyer No. 188
  2. Commissioned 26 January 1920

  4. Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 14 July 1922

  6. Reclassified Sea Plane Tender (AVP) 15 November 1939 while in reserve
    Recommissioned 7 July 1940

  8. Reclassified Seaplane Tender Destroyer (AVD) 24 August 1940

  10. Reverted to Destroyer (DD) 1 December 1943

  12. Converted to High-speed Transport (APD) 7 March 1944

  14. Reverted to Destroyer (DD) 10 July 1945
    Decommissioned 11 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 24 October 1945
    Sold 21 November 1946 and broken up for scrap

RADM Louis M. Goldsborough, USN

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Goldsborough AVD-18 / DD-188 / APD-32 Covers Page 1    (1940-1945)



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.

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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

Post office established 27 January 1920 - Disestablished 1 July 1922

Post office reestablished 1 July 1940 - Disestablished 9 October 1945


Locy Type



AVP-18. First Day of Commission, cachet by Al Cohen


Locy Type
FDC 9v


AVP-18. First Day of Commission, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
FDC 9x


AVP-18. First Day of Commission, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type


APD-32. Censored WWII use.


Locy Type


AVD-5. Censored WWII use.


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

B W I"


AVD-5. Cachet by George V. Sadworth


Locy Type 9v


AVD-5. Cachet by Walter (East Coast Lefty) Lupton.


Locy Type 9x


AVD-5. Cachet by Walter (East Coast Lefty) Lupton.


Other Information

USS GOLDSBOROUGH earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal w/ Destroyer clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 Battle Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp and the Philippine Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough (18 February 1805 - 20 February 1877)
        Goldsborough was appointed Midshipman 28 June 1812, but did not serve until 13 February 1816 when he reported for duty at the Washington Navy Yard. He led a four-boat night expedition from USS PORPOISE in September 1827 to rescue British Merchant Brig COMET from Mediterranean pirates. In 1830 he was appointed first officer in charge of the newly created Depot of Charts and Instruments at Washington, the rude beginning of the United States Hydrographic Office. It was Goldsborough who suggested creation of the depot and initiated the collection and centralization of the instruments, books and charts that were scattered among several Navy yards. After 2 years he was relieved by Lt. Charles Wilkes. Goldsborough led German emigrants to Wirt's Estates near Monticello, Fla., in 1833; then took leave from the Navy to command a steamboat expedition and later mounted volunteers in the Seminole War. After cruising the Pacific in Frigate USS UNITED STATES, he participated in the bombardment of Vera Cruz in USS Ohio. He served consecutively as: commander of a detachment in the expedition against Tuxpan; senior officer of a commission which explored California and Oregon (1849-1850); Superintendent of the Naval Academy (1853-1857); and commander of the Brazil Squadron (1859-1861). During his command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron October 1861 to September 1862, he led his fleet off North Carolina, where in cooperation with troops under General Burnside, he captured Roanoke Island and destroyed a small Confederate fleet. After special administrative duties in Washington, D.C., he took command of the European Squadron in the last year of the Civil War, returning to Washington in 1868 to serve as Commander of the Washington Navy Yard until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Goldsborough died February 20 1877.

The ships sponsor was Miss Bucetta Pennington Goldsborough, daughter of Rear Admiral Goldsborough.

Three ships have been named in his honor - USS Goldsborough TB-20, USS Goldsborough DD-188 and USS Goldsborough DDG-20



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