LEA DD 118

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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 18 September 1917 - Launched 29 April 1918

  1. USS LEA Destroyer No. 118
    Commissioned 2 October 1918

  2. USS LEA DD-118
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 22 June 1922
    Recommissioned 1 May 1930 - Decommissioned 7 April 1937
    Recommissioned 30 September 1939 - Decommissioned 20 July 1945

    Stricken 13 August 1945
    Sold 30 November 1945 and broken up for scrap


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Lea DD-118 Covers Page 1    (1931-41)



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

2nd Commissioning 1 May 1930 to 7 April 1937


Locy Type
3r (A-TTB)



Cacheted cover probably a Harry E. Klotzbach general purpose design.


Locy Type
3bs (XOX)



R/S marking on back from Gerald P. Todd


Locy Type P

[9v or 9x with wording
at bottom removed]


Courtesy of the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type
LDC 3r (A-TTB)



Last Day in Commission

3rd Commissioning 30 September 1939 to 20 July 1945


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)


Popeye cachet


Locy Type 9v


Backside of the 1941 Popeye cover


Other Information

USS LEA received three battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - Edward Lea (January 31 1837 - January 1 1863)
Lea graduated from the Naval Academy in October 1855. Serving on the China Station at the outbreak of the Civil War, he continued to serve in the Navy although his father became an officer in the Confederate Army. The two met only once more, in one of the war’s most poignant incidents, when Lea, then Executive Officer in HARRIET LANE, was mortally wounded during the Confederate recapture of Galveston January 1 1863. His father, serving ashore in Galveston, was with his son at his death.



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