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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.

    Sims Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 15 September 1937 - Launched 17 June 1939

  1. USS HUGHES DD-410
    Commissioned 21 September 1939
    Damaged in Atom Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll July 1946
    Decommissioned 28 August 1946

    Stricken 26 November 1948
    Sunk as target 16 October 1948


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 Hughes DD-410 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



Commissioning. Cachet by Ralph A. Weiss


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)

"GRAND & /


Independence Day. Cachet by Justin Sands and Al Yarwood


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-Z3


Maunscript ship's name and Paul Gross' R/S marking on the back side of the cover.


Other Information

USS HUGHES earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 14 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

HUGHES DD-410 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surennder

NAMESAKE - Commander Edward Merritt Hughes, USN (January 28 1850 - September 28 1903) an Officer in The United States Navy during The Spanish-American War.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Edward M. Hughes, widow of Commander Hughes.



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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