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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 18 February 1943 - Launched 28 June 1943

  2. Commissioned 31 August 1943 - Decommissioned 19 July 1946
    Recommissioned 4 May 1951 - Decommissioned 20 January 1970

    Struck from Naval register 20 January 1970
    Sunk as target 19 May 1974

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 Ingersoll DD-652 Covers Page 1    (1945-1969)



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

Post Office Established 31 August 1943 - Disestablished 1 May 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. I-7a



Post Office Reestablished 1 January 1952 - Disestablished 20 January 1970


Locy Type 2




Locy Type




Locy Type
2t(nu) (USS)




Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type




Other Information

USS INGERSOLL DD-652 was at Tokyo Bay 2 September 1945 for the Japanese surrender.

USS INGERSOLL earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ nine battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal w/ Japan & Europe bars, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Medal (two awards), the National Defense Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 Campaign stars, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the RVN Gallantry Cross Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal (Korea) and the RVN Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKES - U.S.S. INGERSOLL (DD-652) was named for two Naval Officers
        Royal Rodney Ingersoll was born in Niles, Michigan December 4 1847, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1868. He served in various ships of the fleet on the European and Asiatic Squadrons until 1876 when he was assigned to the Naval Academy. Ingersoll taught and wrote about Ordnance subjects during several tours at the Academy and in the early years of the 20th century commanded such ships as the Bennington, New Orleans, and Maryland. He was Chief of Staff of the Atlantic Fleet during the first part of its famous cruise around the world, and a member of the General Board in 1908. Rear Admiral Ingersoll retired in 1909, but was called back to duty during World War I as President of the Naval Ordnance Board. In 1919 he returned to his home in Laporte, Indiana, where he was active in public affairs until his death April 21 1931.
        Royal Rodney Ingersoll, II, the grandson of Admiral Ingersoll, was born at Manila, P.I., December 17 1913. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1934, he served on USS CALIFORNIA BB-44, USS CASSIN DD-372 and other ships during the thirties, and reported on board carrier USS HORNET CV-8 during her fitting out period in 1941. Lieutenant Ingersoll served on USS HORNET CV-8 during the critical early months of the Pacific war. In the great battle of Midway 4 to 6 June 1942, in which the U.S. fleet decisively turned back the Japanese threat to the Hawaiian Islands, he was killed at his battle station.

The ships cosponsors were Miss Alice Jean Ingersoll, granddaughter of Admiral Ingersoll and Mrs. R. R. Ingersoll, II, widow of Lieutenant Ingersoll.



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