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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 4 1943 - Launched July 4 1943

  1. USS HEALEY DD-672
    Commissioned September 3 1943 - Decommissioned July 11 1946
    Recommissioned August 3 1951 - Decommissioned March 11 1958

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1974
    Sold April 12 1976 and broken up 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 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    (1943-57)



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 September 25 1943 - Disestablished February 26 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type


Censored Sailors Mail. Manuscript received date of 2/11/44 determined month of use.


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-21c



Post Office Reestablished September 19 1951 - Disestablished November 1957


Locy Type




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-21b




Other Information

HEALY earned 8 Battle Stars (WWII)

HEALY DD-672 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender

NAMESAKE - Commander Howard R. Healy (March 28 1899 – May 8 1942)
Healy distinguished himself on board the Aircraft Carrier USS LEXINGTON CV-2 during The Battle of Coral Sea. He died in action while trying to control torpedo damage to the vessel.



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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