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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.

    Edsall Class Escort Destroyer
    Keel Laid July 26 1943 - Launched October 5 1943

  1. USS KOINER DE-331
    Commissioned December 27 1943 - Decommissioned October 4 1946

    Loaned to USCG and Recommissioned June 20 1951 - Decommissioned May 14 1954
    Returned to U.S. Navy custody May 14 1954
    Reclassified Radar Picket Escort (DER) October 28 1954

    Recommissioned August 26 1955 - Decommissioned September 21 1968

    Struck from Naval Register September 23 1968
    Sold September 3 1969 for scrap


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. Koiner Covers Page 1    (1945-64)



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

1st Commissioning December 27 1943 to October 4 1946


Locy Type


As DE-331

2nd Commissioning August 26 1955 to September 21 1968


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As DER-331
Listed as Type 2(n) in USCS Postmark Catalog, but hyphen is clearly visible


Locy Type


As DER-331


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


As DER-331


Other Information

NAMESAKE - James Duval Koiner (February 16 1919 - November 13 1942)
Koiner entered the Naval Reserve as Ensign on December 31 1940. He reported for active duty on March 17 1941, under instruction at the Supply Corps, Naval Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Koiner reported to the 3d Naval District on October 17 1941 for duty on board USS ATLANTA CL-51 upon her commissioning. After serving in the light cruiser during the Midway and Solomon Islands campaigns, Koiner was promoted to Lieutenant (j.g.) on October 1 1942. He was killed in action on November 13 1942, on board ATLANTA, during the Battle of Guadalcanal.



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