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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 23 July 1919 - Launched 25 November 1919

  1. USS PARROTT Destroyer No. 218
  2. Commissioned 11 May 1920

  4. Designated (DD) 17 July 1920
    Severely damaged in Collision with "SS JOHN MORTON" 2 May 1944
    Decommissioned 16 June 1944

    Stricken 18 July 1944
    Sold 5 April 1947 and broken up for scrap

Lt. George Fountain Parrott, USN

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Parrott DD-218 Covers Page 1    (1925-1940)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
3 (B-BBT)





Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"PHIL. /


Cachet by M. Fay Muridge, sponsored by the John Paul Jones Chapter No. 2, USCS


Locy Type



Navy Savings Bank mail. From the Jim Myerson collection.


Locy Type


Mail to Dr. Francis E. Locy, USN. From the Jim Myerson collection.


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-5


Registered, Official Business. From the Gary B. Weiss collection.


Locy Type FAKE

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3a


Cachet & Postmark by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop). From the Stewart Milstein collection.


Other Information

USS PARROTT earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ two battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Lt. George Fountain Parrott, USN (23 December 1887 – 9 October 1918).
        Born at Falling Creek, Lenoir County, North Carolina, George Fountain Parrott was the third of seven children born to George Franklin and Julia Bizzell Parrott, and was first cousin to Marion A. Parrott. His maternal grandfather, Fountain Bizzell, had served in Company G, North Carolina 55th Infantry Regiment. George attended first the Kinston Graded School, then the Rhodes Military Institute, and finally graduated from the Oak Ridge Institute in North Carolina. He was able to attend the US Naval Academy after having been appointed from the 2nd North Carolina district by the Hon. Claude Kitchin.
        Parrott was appointed Midshipman 3 July 1906 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1911. He was promoted to the rank of Ensign March, 1912; Lt. Jr. grade March 1914; Lt. Sr. grade April 1917; and Lieutenant Commander August, 1918.
        He was the executive officer on the USS Shaw DD–68 in the English Channel. The "Shaw's own ordeal came on 9 October 1918. While escorting the giant British transport, Aquitania, Shaw's rudder jammed just as she was completing the right leg of a zigzag, leaving her headed directly towards the transport. A moment later, Aquitania struck Shaw, cutting off 90 feet of the destroyer's bow, mangling her bridge and setting her on fire". Lt. Parrott was killed during the accident. He is a recipient of the Navy Cross and listed on the World War I Honor Roll and on the Tablets of The Missing at the American Cemetery and Memorial section of Brookwood Cemetery in Brookwood, Surrey County, England.

The ships sponsor was Miss Julia B. Parrott.



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