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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.

    Hamilton Class 378-foot High Endurance Cutter
    Keel Laid 25 July 1966 - Launched 11 February 1967

  2. Commissioned 9 January 1968
    Decommissioned 24 October 1985 for FRAM modernization
    Recommissioned 3 March 1989 - Decommissioned 20 August 2020

"First Among Equals"

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. USCGC Mellon WHEC-717 Covers Page 1     (1968-2020)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 9 January 1968 to 24 October 1985


USPO Slogan
Machine cancel

"Naval Station"

Key West FL



Postage Due. From the John P. Young collection.

2nd Commissioning 3 March 1989 - 20 August 2020


Locy Type
9fy ("USCGC /

USCGC Polar Star



Recommissioned. Cachet sponsored by the USS Puget Sound Chapter No. 74, USCS. From the John P. Young collection.


Other Information

USCGC MELLON has earned the Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon w/ Hurricane Device, the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ Silver O and 2 Gold Stars, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ Silver O and 3 Gold Stars, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Coast Guard E Ribbon w/ 1 Silver Star, the Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal w/ 3 Bronze Stars, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal w/ 1 Bronze Star, the Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon w/ 1 Silver Star, the Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon w/ 3 Silver Stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Coast Guard career.

NAMESAKE - Andrew William Mellon, (24 March 1855 – 26 August 1937)
Mellon was an American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector, and politician. Mellon served as the 49th Secretary of the Treasury from 1921-1932.

The cutters sponsor is Mrs. John W. Warner Jr., granddaughter of the late Secretary Andrew W. Mellon.



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