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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.

    Edsall Class Type FMR Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid April 5 1943 - Launched June 29 1943

  1. USS NEWELL DE-322
    Commissioned October 30 1943 - Decommissioned November 20 1945
    Loaned to U.S. Coast Guard

    Commissioned July 20 1951 - Decommissioned June 1 1954
    Returned to U.S. Navy
    Redesignated Radar Picket Escort (DER) November 1 1956

    Recommissioned August 20 1957 - Decommissioned September 21 1968

    Struck from Naval Register September 23 1968
    Sold December 15 1971 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 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. Newell Covers Page 1     (1945-64)



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.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning October 30 1943 to November 20 1945


Locy Type


As DE-322
Mark from back of cover

2nd Commissioning August 20 1957 to September 21 1968


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (DER)


As DER-322


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 stars - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Byron Bruce Newell (November 29 1909 - October 26 1942)
Newell graduated from the Naval Academy June 5 1930. During the next decade he completed flight training and served in USS NEW MEXICO BB-40, USS SARATOGA CV-3, USS DECATUR DD-341, USS KANAWHA AO-1, and at the Naval Observatory, Washington. D.C. In August 1939 he reported to Cargo Ship USS GOLD STAR AG-12, home ported at Guam, before returning to Newport News for fitting out USS HORNET CV-8. Soon after the new carrier commissioned October 20 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor plunging the United States into World War II. Newell served in the great flattop throughout her career. As she carried Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s Army B-25 bombers to less than 650 miles from Japan and launched them April 18 1942 for their historic raid on Tokyo; as she helped rout a powerful Japanese task force in the decisive Battle of Midway. On the morning of October 26, during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, a delayed action bomb exploded on the carrier’s fan tail killing Lt. Comdr. Newell

After her engines were removed, her hulk was used by 20th Century Fox in the making of the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora".



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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