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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.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 1 June 1939 - Launched 24 April 1940

    Commissioned 1 March 1941
    SUNK by Japanese aircraft off San Cristobal 15 October 1942
    185 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty


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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 Meredith DD-434 Covers Page 1    (1940-1941)



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



First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS MEREDITH earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one Battle star for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Sergeant Jonathan Meredith, USMC (about 1772 - 7 August 1805)
Meredith was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania about 1772. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 6 June 1803 and was promoted to Sergeant 1 August of that same year. During an engagement in the harbor of Tripoli on 3 August 1805, Sergeant Meredith saved the life of Lt. John Trippe of USS Vixen, who with a party of nine men had boarded a Tripolitan ship. Heavily outnumbered, the boarding party fought a fierce hand-to-hand combat, in which Trippe was severely wounded; Meredith protected him from what would have been the final blow. Four days later Meredith was killed in the explosion of Gunboat No. 3 during a similar attack against the Tripolitans.

Four US Navy ships have been named in his honor; USS Meredith DD-165, USS Meredith DD-434, USS Meredith DD-726 and USS Meredith DD-890.

The ships sponsor was Miss Ethel Dixon Meredith.



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