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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 28 April 1919 - Launched 14 October 1920

  1. USS KING DD-242
  2. Commissioned 16 December 1920 - Decommissioned 10 March 1931
    Recommissioned 13 June 1932 - Decommissioned 21 September 1938
    Recommissioned 26 September 1939 - Decommissioned 23 October 1945

    Stricken 16 November 1945
    Sold 29 September 1946 and broken up for scrap

Commander Frank Ragan King, USN

Naval Covers

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  1. USS King DD-242 Covers Page 1    (1927-1943)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 16 December 1920 to 10 March 1931


Locy Type 3r


Registered, Official Business cut-square

2nd Commissioning 13 June 1932 to 21 September 1938


Locy Type
FDC 5hks



First Day of Commissioning


Locy Type
3s (AC-BTT)



15th Birthday, cachet by Ted Harrington


Locy Type
3bs (AC-BTX)



17th Anniversary of Commissioning, Cachet by Frederick Horton


Locy Type
LDC 3r



Last Day of Commissioning. Cachet by Al Cohen

3rd Commissioning 26 September 1939 to 23 October 1945


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



Locy Type
3z (OBO)


Censored WWII use.


Other Information

USS KING earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one battle star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE: Commander Frank Ragan King, USN (15 October 1884 – 12 July 1919). Born in Montevallo, Alabama, 15 October 1884, King was appointed midshipman at the Naval Academy 06 May 1903 and graduated 11 February 1907. After serving as passed midshipman on USS Milwaukee and USS Pennsylvania, he was commissioned Ensign 12 February 1909. Serving as such on USS Princeton and USS Pennsylvania, King served as Lieutenant (jg) on USS Oregon, at the Naval Academy, and USS Wyoming, and as Lieutenant on USS Wyoming. Promoted to Lt. Commander, he served on USS Henderson, and attained the rank of Commander 21 September 1918 aboard USS Arizona. Commander King assumed command of the trawler USS Richard Buckley 07 July 1919 during minesweeping operations in the North Sea. On 12 July 1919 his ship struck a mine and went down in only seven minutes. During the crisis King exerted himself to see that all of his crew might be saved. King's feeling for his men was evidenced by the fact that his final act before going down with his ship was to strap his own life preserver to a stunned sailor and help him over the side. Commander King received the Distinguished Service Medal for his valor.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Allene A. King, widow of Cmdr. King.



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