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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.

    Paulding Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 1 1910 - Launched February 18 1911

  1. USS MONAGHAN Destroyer No. 32
    Commissioned June 21 1911 - Decommissioned November 4 1919

    Designated (DD) July 17 1920 while in reserve

    Loaned to the Coast Guard June 7 1924

    Returned to US Navy custody May 8 1931
    Monaghan lost her name to new construction on July 1 1933

    Struck from Naval Register July 5 1934
    Sold and broken up for scrap 1934

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     (DATE RANGE)



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.


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Killer Bar Text

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Picture postcard "U.S. Torpedo Boats, Port Arthur Texas"
MONAGHAN fourth from left






Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Ensign John R. Monaghan (1873-99) an officer in the United States Navy. In March 1899 Ensign Monaghan, onboard PHILADELPHIA, was sent to the troubled Samoan Islands. On April 1, while serving ashore with a combined unit of British, Americans and Samoans, his force was ambushed by another group of Samoans. When his unit's leader was wounded, Ensign Monaghan seized a rifle and attempted to rescue the injured officer. Ensign Monaghan severly out-numbered and out-gunned was killed



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