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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid November 27 1941 - Launched June 21 1942

    Commissioned August 12 1942 - Decommissioned April 16 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 1 1974
    Sold July 26 1974 to Peru and cannibalized for spare parts and hulk scrapped

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 La Vallette DD-448 Covers Page 1     (1943-45)



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.
>>> 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 To
Cover Image


Locy Type


Cachet by B. Saunders Bullard


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


Official Business


Other Information

USS LA VALLETTE earned ten bronze service stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Elie Augustus Frederick La Vallette (3 May 1790 – 18 November 1862)
      La Vallette was one of the first rear admirals appointed when President Lincoln created this rank in July 1862. Born in Alexandria, Va., 3 May 1790, at age 10 he accompanied his father, a chaplain, on a cruise in USS Philadelphia, commanded by Stephen Decatur. After merchant marine service, be entered the Navy during the War of 1812. As acting lieutenant in USS Saratoga during the Battle of Lake Champlain, 11 September 1814, he distinguished himself, winning promotion and a medal. He commanded USS Congress during the Mexican War, directing operations against Guaymas and Urias 19 to 20 November 1847. In the 1850’s he commanded the African, and then the Mediterranean, Squadron. Four months after his appointment as rear admiral, he died 18 November 1862 in Philadelphia.

Two ships of the US Navy have honored RAdm La Vallette - USS La Vallette DD-315 and USS La Vallette DD-448.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Lucy La Vallette Littel, great-granddaughter of Rear Admiral LaVallette.



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