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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 12 February 1918 - Launched 4 July 1918

  1. USS McKEAN Destroyer No. 90
    Commissioned 25 February 1919

  2. USS McKEAN DD-90
    Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 19 June 1922
    Reclassified High-speed Transport (APD) 2 August 1940

    Recommissioned 11 December 1940
    SUNK by Japanese aircraft 17 November 1943 off Bougainville
    64 of her crew and 52 Marines were lost 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 McKean APD-5 Covers Page 1    (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

2nd Commissioning 11 December 1940 to 17 November 1943



Locy Type

"U.S. /


First Day of Postal Service, Cachet by Al Cohen


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
3z (TTT)


R/S Cachet


Locy Type 9v




Locy Type 9x




Other Information

USS McKEAN received four battle stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Admiral William Wister McKean, USN (September 19 1800 – April 22 1865).
McKean was appointed midshipman November 30 1814. He served in the Navy from the War of 1812 to the Civil War, when he rose to the rank of flag officer in command of the Gulf Blockading Squadron and later the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. McKean was relieved from active duty June 4 1862

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS McKean DD-90 and USS McKean DD-784.



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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