MELVILLE AD 2

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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.

    Melville Class Destroyer Tender
    Keel Laid November 11 1913 - Launched March 2 1913

  1. USS MELVILLE Destroyer Tender No. 2
  2. Commissioned December 3 1915

  3. USS MELVILLE AD-2
  4. Designated (AD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned August 9 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 23 1947
    Turned over to Maritime Commission March 30 1948 for disposal
    Sold August 19 1948 for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Melville AD-2 Covers Page 1    (1918-46)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image

Post Office Established January 1 1916 - Disestablished July 18 1946


 

Locy Type
1z

1918-09-16

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19180916 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19180916 1 Front.jpg

Censored, World War I use. From the Tom Kean collection. Go to the Ships Cover Page to see the enclosed letter.


 

Locy Type
2

1919-03-24

JonBurdett melville ad2 19190324r pm.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19190324.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

"&SQUADRON /
ELEVEN"

1928-04-16

JonBurdett melville ad2 19280416 pm.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19280416.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBB)

1937-07-12

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19370712 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19370712 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

"25 YEARS /
OF SERVICE"

1940-12-03

JonBurdett melville ad2 19401203 pm.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19401203.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1946-05-13

JonBurdett melville ad2 19460513 pm.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19460513.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1941-08-14

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19410814 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19410814 1 Front.jpg

R/S ship's address on front of the cover.


 

Locy Type
7dr

1941-02-28

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19410228 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19410228 1 Front.jpg

Official Business (Stricken) - Officer's Mail


 

Locy Type
7drz

1941-05-28

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19410528 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19410528 1 Front.jpg

Manuscript ship's name on back of cover.


 

Locy Type
8

1934-06-14

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19340614 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19340614 1 Front.jpg

Flag Day. Cachet by "Teddy" Roosevelt Chapter No. 13, USCS


 

Locy Type
9efu

1946-05-08

JonBurdett melville ad2 19460528r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19460528.jpg

Cachet by George V. Sadworth


 

Locy Type 9v

(1917)

1917-12-09

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19171209 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Huntington ACR5 19171226 1 Front.jpg

Censored, registered mail going to the USS Huntington CA-5


 

Locy Type 9v

(1940)

1942-12-17

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19421217 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19421217 1 Front.jpg

Official, registered mail going to the USS Vulcan AR 5


 

Locy Type 9v

1942-12-17

GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19421217 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Melville AD2 19421217 1 Back.jpg

Official, registered mail going to the USS Vulcan AR 5


 

Locy Type 9x

1946-05-08

JonBurdett melville ad2 19460528r pm9x.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19460528.jpg

Cachet by George V. Sadworth


 

Locy Type
9vz

1918-03-25
to
1918-04-07

JonBurdett melville ad2 19180325 pm.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19180325.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type P
(9x with "Parcel Post" removed)

1930-12-13

JonBurdett melville ad2 19301213r pm.jpg
JonBurdett melville ad2 19301213.JPG

Note:

 

Other Information

USS MELVILLE earned the World War I Victory Medal (with Mobile Base Clasp), the American Defense Service Medal (with Sea Clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral George Wallace Melville, USN (January 10 1841 - March 17 1912)
   Melville was an Officer in The United States Navy during The American Civil War. Melville volunteered for duty as Chief Engineer of TIGRESS in 1873 for her rescue in Baffin Bay of 19 survivors of the Polaris expedition to the Arctic. He also volunteered to join the Jeannette expedition, departing San Francisco, Calif., August 7 1879 to seek an ocean passage to the Atlantic by way of Siberia. Jeannette became icebound in September and, after 2 years of effort to save her, was crushed by floes in the Laptev Sea and sank June 12 1881. Melville led the only boat party to reach safety in Lena Delta, Siberia. He then returned north to find the frozen bodies of Jeannette’s commanding officer, Lt. George W. Delong, and his party lost in July. Congress rewarded Melville for his gallantry and resourcefulness by advancing him 15 numbers on the promotion list and awarding him a medal. Melville superintended the design of 120 ships of the “New Navy” and introduced such widely acclaimed innovations, as the water tube boiler, vertical engines, and the repair ship.

 


 

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