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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 Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid 22 March 1943 - Launched and Christened 15 June 1943

  1. USS MENGES DE-320
  2. Commissioned 26 October 1943
    Heavily damaged by Torpedo from German U-371 3 May 1944
    31 of her crew were lost and remain on duty
    Decommissioned 2 January 1947

    Stricken 2 January 1971
    Sold April 1972 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. USS Menges DE-320 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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


Locy Type 2(n)
("NAVY/DAY/45" inked in bars)


GregCiesielski Menges DE320 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Menges DE320 19451027 1 Front.jpg

Cacheted. Navy Day. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type 2z


JonBurdett menges de320 19440605 pm.jpg
JonBurdett menges de320 19440605.jpg

Official Business


Other Information

USS MENGES earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS MENGES lost about 1/3 of her stern to a German Acoustic Torpedo from German U-371. Her stern was replaced by the stern from USS Holder DE-401 also heavily damaged by torpedo.

NAMESAKE - Ensign Herbert Hugo Menges, USNR (20 January 1917 - 7 December 1941)
         Menges enlisted in The Naval Reserve as Seaman Second Class at Robertson, MO., 3 July 1939. Appointed Naval Aviator 24 July 1940, he was assigned to Squadron 6 on USS Enterprise CV-6 28 November 1940. Ensign Menges was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941 as his squadron arrived over Pearl Harbor that morning.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Charles Menges, mother of Ensign Menges.



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