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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 August 24 1942 - Launched March 6 1943

  1. USS LUCE DD-522
    Commissioned June 21 1943
    SUNK (Kamikaze) May 4 1945 off Okinawa (Kerama Retto)
    126 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty

    Struck from Naval Register June 22 1945

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 Luce DD-522 Covers Page 1     (1944)



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
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Cover Image


Locy Type


JonBurdett luce dd522 19441025 pm.jpg
JonBurdett luce dd522 19441025.jpg



Other Information

USS LUCE received five battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - Admiral Stephen Bleecker Luce, USN (March 25 1827 – July 28 1917)
    Luce was a U.S. Navy admiral. He was the Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Squadron from 26 June 1884–20 September 1884. He was the founder and first president of the Naval War College, between 1884 and 1886 and then went back to the Commander-in-Chief, North Atlantic Squadron 18 June 1886–28 January 1889.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Stephen B. Luce, Jr., wife of Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce's grandson.

Three ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Luce DD-99, USS Luce DD-522 and USS Luce DDG-38



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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