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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid September 23 1918 - Launched April 26 1919

  1. USS LONG Destroyer No. 209
    Commissioned October 20 1919

  2. USS LONG DD-209
    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned December 30 1922
    Recommissioned March 29 1930

  3. USS LONG DMS-12
    Reclassified High-speed Minesweeper (DMS) November 19 1940
    SUNK (Kamikaze Aircraft) January 6 1945 in Lingayen Gulf

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).

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  1. USS Long DD-209 Covers Page 1    (1932-41)



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.


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Killer Bar Text

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2nd Commissioning March 29 1930 to January 7 1945


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DD-209. Cachet by the San Francisco Junior Chamber of Commerce


Other Information

USS LONG earned the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ nine battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal for her Naval service.

NAMESAKE - John Davis Long (October 27 1838 - August 28 1915)
Long graduated from Harvard in 1857, practiced law in Maine and Massachusetts, then served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and Congressman from Massachusetts. Appointed 34th Secretary of the Navy by President William McKinley March 5 1897, Long served with vision and efficiency through the next 5 years, organizing the Navy for the challenges of the Spanish-American War and the expansion that followed, and laying the groundwork for the growth of the "New American Navy" fostered by his former assistant, President Theodore Roosevelt. Long resigned May 1 1902, returned to Massachusetts, and died at Hingham August 28 1915.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Arnold Knapp.



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