KNOX FF 1052

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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.

    Knox Class Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid October 5 1965 - Launched November 19 1966

  1. USS KNOX DE-1052
    Commissioned April 12 1969

  2. USS KNOX FF-1052
    Reclassified Frigate (FF) June 30 1975
    Decommissioned February 14 1992

    Stricken January 11 1995
    Sunk as target August 7 2007 during Exercise Valiant Shield '07
Knox FF1052 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Knox Covers Page 1     (1969-91)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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


Locy Type
2(n+) (DE,USS)


JonBurdett knox de1052 19690627 pm.jpg
JonBurdett knox de1052 19690627.jpg

As DE-1052


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


GregCiesielski Knox FF1052 19790918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Knox FF1052 19790918 1 Front.jpg

As FF-1052
First Day of Use - New Cachet, cover by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS.


Locy Type
2-1pn+ (USS,USN)


JonBurdett knox ff1052 19910704 pm.jpg
JonBurdett knox ff1052 19910704.jpg

As FF-1052


Locy Type
9-1n+u (USS,USN)


JonBurdett knox ff1052 19910704 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett knox ff1052 19910704.jpg

As FF-1052


Other Information

KNOX earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 2 stars - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star - Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Commodore Dudley Wright Knox, USN (June 21 1877 - June 11 1960).
   "Knox was born in Fort Walla Walla WA and graduated from the Naval Academy 5 June 1896. During the Spanish-American War he served in MAPLE in Cuban waters. He commanded gunboats ALBANY and IRIS during the Philippine Insurrection and the latter during the Chinese Boxer Rebellion. He then commanded three of the Navy's first destroyers: SHUBRICK, WILKES, and DECATUR before commanding the First Torpedo Flotilla. During the cruise of the "Great White Fleet" he was ordnance officer of NEBRASKA (BB 14). Preceeding WWI he was Fleet Ordnance Officer in both Atlantic and Pacific, served the Office of Naval Intelligence, and commanded the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station. In November 1917, he joined the staff of Admiral Sims, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters, and earned the Navy Cross for "distinguished service" serving as Aide in the Planning Section, and later in the Historical Section. He was promoted to Captain 1 February 1918. After returning to the United States in March 1919 for a year on the faculty of the Naval War College, he successively commanded BROOKLYN (ACR 3) and CHARLESTON (C 22) before resuming duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
    Transferred to the Retired List of the Navy 20 October 1921, he continued active duty simultaneously serving as Officer in Charge, Office of Naval Records and Library, and as Curator for the Navy Department. Early in World War II he was assigned additional duty as Deputy Director of Naval History. For 25 years his leadership inspired diligence, efficiency, and initiative while he guided, improved, and expanded the Navy's archival and historical operations. A master of content and style, his clear writings include "The Eclipse of American Sea Power" (1922); "The Naval Genius of George Washington" (1932); and "A History of the United States Navy" (1936), recognized as "the best one-volume history of the United States Navy in existence." Advanced to Commodore 2 November 1945, he was awarded the Legion of Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct" while directing the preservation of accurate records of the U.S. naval operations in World War II. Commodore Knox was relieved of all active duty 26 June 1946. He died 11 June 1960." {DANFS}



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