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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.

    Benson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid May 16 1938 - Launched December 14 1939

    Commissioned September 6 1940 - Decommissioned February 6 1947

  2. HAN YANG DD-15 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Loaned to Taiwan February 26 1954 and renamed

    Stricken November 1 1974 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. USS Hilary P. Jones DD-427 Covers Page 1    (1940-45)



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 of Commissioning, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

S. C."


Navy Day, cachet by M. Fay Muridge


Locy Type
3z (BTT)


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

USS HILARY P. JONES earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval service.

HILARY P. JONES DD-427 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Admiral Hilary Pollard Jones, Jr. USN (November 14 1863 – January 1 1938) an Officer in The United States Navy during The Spanish-American War and World War I. During the early 1920s, he served as Commander in Chief, United States Fleet.



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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