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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 9 December 1918 - Launched 26 April 1919

  1. USS HOWARD Destroyer No. 179
    Commissioned 29 January 1920

  2. USS HOWARD DD-179
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 27 May 1922
    Recommissioned 29 August 1940

    Reclassified Fast Minesweeper (DMS) 19 November 1940

  4. USS HOWARD AG-106
    Reclassified Miscelleaneous Auxiliary (AG) 5 June 1945
    Decommissioned 30 November 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 19 December 1945
    Sold 14 June 1946 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 Howard AG-106 Covers Page 1    (1940-41)



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
3 (A-BBT)



No Image

USS Blakeley DD-150 salutes the Recommissioning of USS Howard DD-179. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson

2nd Commissioning August 29 1940 to November 30 1945


Locy Type



As DD-179
First Day of Postal Service. Cachet by George Neumann, sponsored by Frederick Horton


Locy Type


As DD-179. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


As DMS-7


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


As DMS-7


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


DMS-7. Official Business.


Other Information

USS HOWARD received 6 battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - Charles W. Howard
Howard volunteered for service in the Navy during the Civil War, being appointed Mate in October 1862. As Acting Ensign he served on board the NEW IRONSIDES and was in charge of the deck when that ship was attacked by the Confederate Torpedo Boat DAVID in Charleston Harbor, on the night of October 5 1863. Mounting the rail, he ordered the sentries to fire on the approaching enemy, and while exposed he received a mortal wound. He died 5 days later and was honored by being appointed Acting Master after his death "for gallant conduct in face of the enemy."



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