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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.

    John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid December 16 1943 - Launched March 19 1944

  1. USS GOSS DE-444
    Commissioned August 26 1944 - Decommissioned June 15 1946
    Recommissioned December 27 1950 - Decommissioned October 10 1958

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1972
    Sold November 20 1972 for scrap

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     (1945)



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


Machine Cancel

Kearny NJ



Launching, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Kearny NJ


Twin launching with USS KENDALL C. CAMPBELL DE-443

1st Commissioning August 26 1944 to June 15 1946


Locy Type
2(n) (DD 247)

c 1945


On Piece. "The error cancels were never reported used." USCS Postmark Catalog


Locy Type




Locy Type
9ef(nu) (DD 247)

c 1945


On Piece. "The error cancels were never reported used." USCS Postmark Catalog


Other Information

USS GOSS earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 4 Battle stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Angus R. Goss, USMC (January 8 1910 - August 10 1942)
Goss enlisted in the United States Marine Corps September 12 1930. Marine Gunner Goss was awarded the Navy Cross and Britain's Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for extraordinary heroism in combat on Tulagi August 10 1942. Although severely wounded by a grenade explosion, Goss ignored enemy machine-gun and rifle fire, charging into a cave where the enemy was entrenched and single-handedly destroyed the Japanese with a sub-machine gun.



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