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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 October 29 1942 - Launched May 2 1943

    Commissioned September 30 1943 - Decommissioned January 15 1947
    Recommissioned March 28 1951 - Decommissioned January 2 1970

    Struck from Naval Register January 2 1970
    Sunk as target off California February 11 1972


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    (1946-68)



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

1st Commissioning September 30 1943 to January 15 1947


Locy Type


Date based on non-censoring

2nd Commissioning March 28 1951 to January 2 1970


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type
FDPS 9efu


First Day of Postal Service
Postmark on the back of the April 26 1951 cover


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type




Other Information

HOPEWELL received 9 battle stars for her World War II service and 4 battle stars for her Korean War service

NAMESAKE - Pollard Hopewell
Hopewell was a Midshipman in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. He was killed in the battle of the U.S. Frigate CHESAPEAKE with the British Frigate SHANNON on June 1 1813

USS HOPEWELL DD–181 (later HMS Bath I-17) was also named in his honor.



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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