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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.

    Sims Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid June 7 1938 - Launched June 1 1939

  1. USS MORRIS DD-417
    Commissioned March 4 1940 - Decommissioned November 9 1945

    Struck from Naval Register November 28 1945
    Sold August 2 1947 to Franklin Shipwrecking and broken up 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 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 Morris DD-417 Covers Page 1    (1937-41)



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



Commissioning, cachet by Al Cohen


Locy Type
FDC 9v


First Day in Commission
Mark from back of cover


Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)





Locy Type
3z (BBT)




Locy Type 9v




Locy Type 9x




Other Information

USS MORRIS received 15 battle stars for her action in World War II

NAMESAKE - Commodore Charles Morris (July 26 1784 - January 27 1856)
Morris was appointed Midshipman July 1 1799; Captain March 5 1813. As one of the officers of the INTREPID he took part in the recapture and destruction of the Philadelphia in the harbor of Tripoli February 17 1804. He took a prominent part in the engagement between the USS CONSTITUTION and GUERRIERE, being severely wounded while in the act of boarding the latter vessel. For his gallantry on this occasion he was advanced one grade by the President. In 1825 he commanded the BRANDYWINE while taking Gen. Lafayette back to France after his last visit to the United States. He was Commandant, Boston Navy Yard, June 13 1827 to May 12 1833. From 1851 to 1856 he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. Morris died at Washington D.C. January 27 1856



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