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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.

    Farragut Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid May 15 1933 - Launched August 22 1934

  1. USS MacDONOUGH DD 351
    Commissioned March 15 1935 - Decommissioned October 22 1945

    Struck from Naval Register November 1 1945
    Sold December 20 1946 for scrap
GregCiesielski MacDonough DD351 19350621 1 Photo.jpg

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 MacDonough DD-351 Covers Page 1    (1935-44)



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

Post Office Established March 7 1935 - Disestablished October 2 1945


Locy Type
FDC F Mar 15, 1935

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-2


Bunter Macdonough DD 351 19350315 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Macdonough DD 351 19350315 1 front.jpg

First Day in Commission. Cachet by John E. Gill and T. M. Holcombe (R/S marking on back). Cachet sponsored by Old Ironsides Chapter No. 1, USCS


Locy Type
FDPS 3 Mar 26, 1935



JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350326 pm.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350326-1.jpg

First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350326r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350326.jpg

First Day Postal Service. Unlisted in the 5th Edition (1997) of the USCS Postmark Catalog but will be in the 6th Edition when published.


Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)



Bunter Macdonough DD 351 19350920 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Macdonough DD 351 19350920 1 front.jpg

Shakedown Cruise


Locy Type
3 (AC-TTT)


JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19411113r pm.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19411113.jpg



Locy Type
3z (BTB)


JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19440321 pm.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19440321.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type


JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19380704r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19380704.JPG



Locy Type F


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-2a


JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350803 pm.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350803.jpg



Locy Type
F Jun 19, 1935


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-2


Bunter Macdonough DD 351 19350619 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Macdonough DD 351 19350619 1 front.jpg

Launching of USS Quincy CA 39


Locy Type
Fake Aug 22, 1941

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19410822r pm.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19410822.jpg

Hobby Shop fake cancel


Locy Type
SLO Jun 3, 1935

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-2b


JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350603 slo.jpg
JonBurdett macdonough dd351 19350603.jpg

Slogan cancel


Other Information

MacDONOUGH earned 13 Battle Stars for her World War II service

MacDONOUGH was at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Thomas MacDonough (1783-1825) an early 19th century American Naval Officer, most notably as Commander of American naval forces in Lake Champlain during The War of 1812. MacDonough's actions during the decisive Battle of Lake Champlain are often cited as a model of tactical preparation and execution.

Four ships of the US Navy were named MacDONOUGH - USS MacDonough DD 9, USS MacDonough DD 331, USS MacDonough DD 351 and USS MacDonough DDG 39.

A Liberty Ship - SS Thomas MacDonough - was also named in his honor.



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