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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.

    Bagley Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid August 21 1935 - Launched May 6 1937

  1. USS JARVIS DD-393
    Commissioned October 27 1937
    SUNK by Japanese aircraft August 9 1942 off Guadalcanal
    Her entire crew was lost with the ship and remain on duty


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 Jarvis DD-393 Covers Page 1    (1937-41)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 3r



First Day in Commission
Navy Day 1937


Locy Type
FDC 3r


Notes: Contributed by Louis Kurzmiller.


Locy Type
3r (AC-BTB)




Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)




Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)




Locy Type




Other Information

JARVIS earned 3 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Pearl Harbor December 7 1941 at The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of James C. Jarvis (1787 – February 2 1800) a Midshipman in The United States Navy during the Quasi-War with France



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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