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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.

    Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid November 21 1943 - Launched September 30 1944

    Commissioned October 11 1945 - Decommissioned December 8 1970

    Struck from Naval Register February 1 1974

  2. NAN YANG DD-17 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Transfered to Taiwan May 6 1974 and renamed
    Decommissioned by Taiwan January 16 2000 and held in reserve

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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     (1946-63)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 Post Office Period June 10 1945 to March 16 1946


Locy Type

(Br. #15927)



2nd Post Office Period January 5 1951 to September 1 1970


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type


Cachet by Dreadnought Covers


Locy Type
9fu (USS)


Cachet by Dreadnought Covers


Other Information

USS JOHN W. THOMASON DD-760 received 7 battle stars for Korean service and 3 for Vietnam service

NAMESAKE - John William Thomason Jr. USMC (February 28 1893 - March 12 1944)
Thomason studied art and was a writer in the editorial department of the Houston Chronicle at the beginning of World War I. Appointed Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in April 1917, he sailed to France with the AEF in 1918. When a German machine gun nest held up a Marine advance at Soissons July 18 1918, Thomason and one of his men fearlessly advanced on the position and killed 13 of the enemy. For his heroism he received the Navy Cross and the Silver Star. He likewise became noted for his stirring self-illustrated accounts of marines in battle. Following the First World War he served at many posts of the Corps ashore and afloat and in 1941 made an extensive air survey of South and Central America, for which he received the Air Medal. He served briefly on the staff of Admiral Nimitz in the Pacific and as an instructor in amphibious technique. Promoted to Colonel May 30 1942, he died at San Diego Naval Hospital March 12 1944. During his entire career he continued to be active as a writer and illustrator, publishing numerous books about marines and on western subjects



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