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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.

    Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid October 28 1943 - Launched March 19 1944

  1. USS MADDOX DD-731
    Commissioned June 2 1944 - Decommissioned July 1 1972

    Struck from Naval Register July 2 1972

  2. PO YANG DD-10 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Transferred to Taiwan July 6 1972 and renamed

    Stricken by Taiwan 1985
    Transfered to Naval Weapons school and then scrapped

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. Covers Page 1     (1944-69)



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


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27 1945


Navy Day, cachet by the Cayuga Post 1975, VFW.


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


Hand written cachet for an attack in the Tonkin Gulf, Vietnam


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type




Locy Type


Hand written cachet for an attack in the Tonkin Gulf, Vietnam


Other Information

MADDOX earned 4 Battle Stars for her WWII service and 6 Battle Stars for her Korean War service.

NAMESAKE - William A. T. Maddox (1814 - January 1 1889)
Maddox commanded a volunteer company in the Creek and Seminole Wars in 1836, and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps October 14 1837. Serving in the Mexican War, he was breveted Captain for "gallant and meritorious conduct" as Military Commandant of the Middle District of California during a Mexican uprising at Monterrey and during the Battle of Santa Clara, January 3 1847. Captain Maddox retired in 1880 and died in Washington, D.C., January 1 1889.



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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