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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.

    Rudderrow Class Type TEV Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid December 21 1943 - Launched January 26 1944

    Commissioned June 15 1944 - Decommissioned June 1 1946

    Stricken from Naval Register December 1 1966
    Sunk as target May 16 1967 off California

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. Covers Page 1     (1946)



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


Locy Type
2z + SLts


JohnGermann Peiffer DE588 19460710 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Peiffer DE588 19460710 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

PEIFFER earned one battle star during World War II

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal w/Asia clasp - Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 1 star - Philippine Independence Ribbon

NAMESAKE - Carl David Peiffer (September 18 1915 - June 4 1942)
Peiffer enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on December 13 1940. Appointed as an Aviation Cadet March 5 1941 he was commissioned Ensign on September 25 1941. Following training at Norfolk, Va. he was assigned to duty with Scouting Squadron 6 aboard USS ENTERPRISE CV-6 on March 11 1942. Killed in action during the Battle of Midway on June 4 1942, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross (for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty..." as he "pressed home his attacks in the face of a formidable barrage of anti-aircraft fire and fierce fighter opposition."



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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