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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.

    Cannon Class Type DET Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid July 21 1943 - Launched November 28 1943

    Commissioned September 19 1944 - Decommissioned May 15 1946
    Placed In Commission In Reserve as Naval Reserve Training Ship at Jacksonville FL September 1946
    Recommissioned July 15 1950 - Decommissioned September 12 1960

    Struck from Naval Register August 1 1972
    Sold November 1 1973 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. Covers Page 1    (1945)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

1st Commissioning September 19 1944 to May 15 1946


Locy Type


JonBurdett mcclelland de750 19451003 pm.jpg
JonBurdett mcclelland de750 19451003.jpg



Other Information

McCLELLAND earned 3 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Iwo Jima operations February 1945
* Okinawa operations April 1945
* Task Force 38 Japan invasion forces June 1945

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of Ensign Thomas Alfred McClelland USN (March 13 1905 - December 7 1941) killed in Pearl Harbor attack while serving on USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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