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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.

    Bagley Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid October 28 1935 - Launched January 12 1937

  1. USS HENLEY DD 391
    Commissioned August 14 1937
    SUNK (Torpedoed) by Japanese Submarine RO-108 off Finschafen New Guinea October 3 1943
    17 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty


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 Henley DD-391 Covers Page 1    (1937-42)



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


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)



Cachet by - Paul J. Gross


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)




Locy Type
3z (TTT)




Locy Type 9v


Registered mark from back of cover


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3a


Postmark and cover created by Sibley's Department Store (Hobby Shop)


Other Information

USS HENLEY earned 4 Battle Stars For her World War II service.
*Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Captain Robert Henley USN (1783–1828).
Henley was an Officer in The United States Navy during The Quasi-War with France, The War of 1812 and The Second Barbary War

Three ships in the US Navy have been named HENLEY - USS Henley DD-39, USS Henley DD-391 and USS Henley DD-762



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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