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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.

    Farragut Class Destroyer Leader
    Ordered as Destroyer Leader (DL) November 18 1955
    Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate (DLG) November 14 1956
    Keel Laid March 1 1957 - Launched December 6 1958

  1. USS KING DLG-10
    Commissioned November 17 1960 - Decommissioned April 30 1974
    Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) July 1 1977

  2. USS KING DDG-41
    Recommissioned September 17 1977 - Decommissioned March 28 1991

    Struck from Naval Register November 20 1992
    Sold April 15 1994 and broken up for scrap 1995

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 King DDG-41 Covers Page 1    (1961-91)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post office established November 17 1960 - Disestablished April 30 1974


Locy Type


As DLG-10
Ship's cachet.


Locy Type


As DLG-10

Post office reestablished September 17 1977 - Disestablished February 1 1991


Locy Type
2-1n+ (A,USS)


As DDG-41


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-26b


As DDG-41


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-26


As DDG-41
Cachet by the USS America Chapter No. 71, USCS for the Recommissioning of KING on September 17 1977.


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-26a


As DDG-41
Decommissioning of USS Richard L. Page FFG-5


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Fleet Admiral Ernest Joseph King, USN (November 23 1878 - June 25 1956).
King was a veteran of the Spanish-American War (as a Naval Cadet), World War I and World War II. King was Commissioned an Ensign on June 7 1903 and retired as Fleet Admiral on December 15 1945.
King held a wide variety of positions in Navy, serving on Ships, in Submarines and in the Aviation field. King was selected as Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet in the fall of 1940, and he was promoted to Admiral in February 1941. On December 30 1941 he became Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet. On March 18 1942, he was appointed Chief of Naval Operations, relieving Admiral Stark. He is the only person to hold this combined command. On December 17 1944 he was promoted to the newly created rank of Fleet Admiral. He retired on December 15 1945 but was recalled as an advisor to the Secretary of the Navy in 1950.
During his naval career, Fleet Admiral King received the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Spanish Campaign Medal, the Sampson Medal, the Mexican Service Medal, the World War I Victory Medal with Atlantic Fleet Clasp, the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze "A", the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
Foreign Orders and Decorations received by Fleet Admiral King include - Commander of the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa (Panama) 1929, Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy 1933, Order of Merit, Grande Official (Brazil) 1943, Naval Order of Merit (Cuba) 1943, Estrella Abdon Calderon (Ecuador) 1943, Croix de guerre (France) 1944, Grand officier de la Légion d'honneur (France) 1944, Order of Pao-Ting (China) 1945, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (United Kingdom) 1945, Grand Cross of the Order of George I (Greece) 1946, Croix de guerre (Belgium) 1948, Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) 1948, Knight of the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Italy 1948 and the Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands) 1948.



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