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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.

    Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate
    Keel Laid May 23 1979 - Launched March 15 1980

    Commissioned April 17 1982 - Decommissioned September 18 1998

    Struck from Naval Register September 18 1998

  2. TOUSHKA F906 (Egyptian Naval Service)
    Transferred as Grant Aid to Egypt September 18 1998
LewisBPuller FFG23 Crest.jpg

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. Covers Page 1    (1979-98)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Machine Cancel

Long Beach CA


GregCiesielski LewisBPuller FFG23 19790523 1 Front.jpg

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Keel Laying, cachet by USS California Chapter No. 51, USCS


Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n+)


GregCiesielski LewisBPuller FFG23 19820417 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski LewisBPuller FFG23 19820417 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Ronald Reeves


Locy Type
Type 2-1(n+)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-32


JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19820511 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19820511.jpg



Locy Type
Type 2-1(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-32a


JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19930610 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19930610.JPG

Dated by separate hand stamp


Locy Type
LDC 2-2t(n+)


JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19980918 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19980918.jpg

Last Day in Commission


Locy Type
LDC 9-2t(n+)


JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19980918 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett lewisbpuller ffg23 19980918.jpg

Last Day in Commission


Locy Type


GregCiesielski LBPuller FFG23 19980918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski LBPuller FFG23 19980918 1 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Battle E Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

NAMESAKE - Lieutenant General Lewis "Chesty" Burwell Puller, USMC (June 26 1898 – October 11 1971)
Puller was the first United States Marine to receive the Navy Cross five times. During his career, he fought guerillas in Haiti and Nicaragua, and participated in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II and the Korean War. Puller retired from the Marine Corps in 1955.
LtGen Puller was the most decorated US Marine in history. His decorations include: Navy Cross with four gold award stars, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with one gold award star and Valor device, Bronze Star with Valor device, Air Medal with two Gold Stars, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with four bronze stars, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with bronze star, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal with one bronze star, World War I Victory Medal with West Indies clasp, Haitian Campaign Medal, Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, China Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean War Service Medal with one silver star in lieu of five bronze stars
Puller received the following awards given by non-U.S. governments: Haitian Medaille Militaire, Nicaraguan Presidential Medal of Merit with Diploma, Nicaraguan Cross of Valor with Diploma, Republic of Korea Ulchi Medal with Gold Star, Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner, Korea Presidential Unit Citation with bronze star, United Nations Service Medal, Korea.



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