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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.

    Mahan Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 20 March 1934 - Launched 17 June 1936

  1. USS LAMSON DD-367
    Commissioned 21 October 1936
    SUNK 1 July 1946 Bikini Atoll during Atomic Bomb Test

    Struck from Naval Register 15 August 1946


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 Lamson DD-367 Covers Page 1    (1936-1945)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type



First Day of Postal Service. Cachet by Leo A. Schupp


Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)



Shakedown Cruise, cachet by JAL, sponsored by Gerald L. Plimpton


Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)



Commissioning of USS Bagley DD-386. Cachet by T.M. Holcombe and sponsored by the Norfolk Cover Service.


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


Cachet by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop)


Locy Type
3r (AC-BTT)




Locy Type
3z (BBB)




Locy Type 9v


From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type


From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS LAMSON earned 5 Battle Stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant Roswell Hawks Lamson, USN (30 March 1838 – 14 August 1903).
Lamson was born in Iowa, and appointed to the Naval Academy 20 September 1858. After graduating in 1862, he saw action in the Civil War. Lamson commanded USS Mount Vernon in joint Army-Navy operations on the Wansemont River, and he played an important role in the capture of batteries at Hills Point. While in command of USS Gettysburg, he was in the forefront of the attack on Fort Fisher, and he gallantly piloted the powder boat Louisiana in under the fort. He resigned from the Navy in 1866. In 1895 Lamson was appointed Lieutenant and placed on the retired list. Lieutenant Lamson died in Portland, OR.

Three ships in the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Lamson Destroyer No. 18, USS Lamson DD-328 and USS Lamson DD-367.

The ships sponsor was Miss Francis W. Andrews.



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