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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.

    Edsall Class Type FMR Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid May 24 1943 - Launched July 28 1943

  1. USS LOWE DE-325
    Commissioned November 22 1943 - Decommissioned May 1 1946

    Transferred to U.S. Coast Guard July 20 1951
    Commissioned July 20 1951 - Decommissioned June 1 1954
    Returned to U.S. Navy June 1 1954
    Reclassified Radar Picket Escort (DER) October 28 1954

  3. USS LOWE DER-325
    Recommissioned January 15 1956 - Decommissioned September 20 1968

    Stricken September 23 1968
    Sold September 3 1969 for scrap

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. Lowe Covers Page 1     (1946-67)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning November 22 1943 to May 1 1946


Locy Type P


A special 1945 Navy Day provisional cancel.


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


As DE-325
Last Day Postal Service

2nd Commissioning January 15 1956 to September 20 1968


Locy Type


As DER-325


Locy Type


As DER-325


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Harry James Lowe, Jr. USN (January 6 1922 - November 12 1942)
Lowe entered naval service as a Seaman Apprentice August 28 1940. He served in USS SAN FRANCISCO CA-38 from December 6 1940 to November 12 1942. He was aboard SAN FRANCISCO during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 1941. Lowe was killed in action off the Solomon Islands when he refused to abandon his gun in the face of an onrushing Japanese torpedo plane. For his extraordinary heroism, Gunner’s Mate Third Class Lowe was posthumously awarded The Navy Cross



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