OSCAR AUSTIN DDG 79

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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.

    Arleigh Burke Class (Flight IIa) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 9 October 1997 - Launched & Christened 7 November 1998

  1. USS OSCAR AUSTIN DDG-79
    Commissioned 19 August 2000
OscarAustin DDG79 Crest.jpg


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Oscar Austin DDG-79 Covers Page 1    (1997-2017)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type FDC 2-2(n+)
(USS,FPO AE
09581-1298)

2000-08-19

GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 5 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 5 Front.jpg

Commissioning, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type FDC 9-2(n+)
(USS,FPO AE
09581-1298)

2000-08-19

GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 6 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 5 Front.jpg

Commissioning, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type FDC F

"HONOR AND SACRIFICE"

2000-08-19

GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 3 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
11-2
(USS, FPO
AE 09581)

2016-07-20

GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20160720 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20160720 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Thad Kaczkowski.


 

Locy Type
11-2(n+)
(USS, FPO
AE 09581)

2007-11-08

Ebert Oscar Austin DDG 79 20071108 1 back.jpg
Ebert Oscar Austin DDG 79 20071108 1 front.jpg

Cachet by Douglas Ebert.


 

Locy Type
11-2n+
(USS, FPO
AE 09581-1298)

2015-08-19

GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20150819 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20150819 1 Front.jpg

15th Anniversary in Commission, Official Ships Cachet


 

Locy Type
12-2n+
(USS, FPO
AE 09581)

2011-09-20

GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20110920 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20110920 1 Front.jpg

USCS Postmark Survey



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS Pictorial

"Commissioning Sta."

Norfolk, VA

2000-08-19

GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski OscarAustin DDG79 20000819 2 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Private First Class Oscar Palmer Austin, USMC (January 15 1948 - February 23 1969).
Austin was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps at Phoenix April 22 1968, he completed recruit training with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, in July 1968. He completed his individual combat training with Company T, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California, in August 1968; and basic infantry training with Weapons Company, Basic Infantry Training Battalion, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton, in September.
Promoted to Private First Class on October 1 1968, he was transferred later that month to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as ammunitions man with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. While participating in combat 6.5 miles west of Da Nang on February 23 1969, he was killed in action. PFC Austin was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism and sacrifice of his own life.
PFC Austin's medals and decorations include: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

 


 

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