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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.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 26 1944 - Launched November 12 1944

  1. USS HIGBEE DD-806
    Commissioned January 27 1945

    Reclassified Radar Picket Destroyer (DDR) March 18 1949

  3. USS HIGBEE DD-806
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) July 1 1963
    Decommissioned July 15 1979

    Struck from Naval Register July 15 1979
    Sunk as target April 24 1986 32° 28' 0.4" North, 119° 58' 0.7" West

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. Higbee Covers Page 1    (1944-77)



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


Machine Cancel

Bath ME


No Image



Locy Type
2(n) 1945-55


As DD-806


Locy Type
2(n+) (DDR)


As DDR-806


Locy Type
2(n+) (DD,USS)


As DD-806
Ship's seal embossed


Locy Type
2(n+) (DD,USS)


As DD-806


Locy Type


As DD-806
Censored wartime (WWII) use - Tokyo Bay


Locy Type


As DD-806


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (DD,USS)


As DD-806


Other Information

HIGBEE earned 1 battle star for her service in World War II and 7 battle stars for her service in the Korean War.

NAMESAKE - Chief Nurse Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, USN (May 18 1874 – January 10, 1941).
She was born Lenah H. Sutcliffe in Chatham, New Brunswick, on 18 May 1874. She completed nurses' training at the New York Postgraduate Hospital in 1899 and entered private practice soon thereafter. In October 1908, she joined the newly-established U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as one of its first twenty members. These nurses, who came to be called "The Sacred Twenty", were the first women to formally serve as members of the Navy. She was promoted to Chief Nurse in 1909.
In January 1911, Mrs. Higbee (she was the widow of Lieutenant Colonel John Henley Higbee, USMC) became the second Superintendent of the Nurse Corps. For her achievements in leading the Corps through the First World War, Chief Nurse Higbee was awarded the Navy Cross, the first living woman to receive that medal. She retired from the Navy in November 1922. Chief Nurse Lenah H. Higbee died at Winter Park, Florida, on January 10 1941.
USS Higbee (DD-806), commissioned in 1945, was named in her honor, the first U.S. Navy combat ship to bear the name of a female member of the Naval service.



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