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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.

    Cannon Class Type DET Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid April 26 1943 - Launched August 8 1943

    Commissioned September 15 1943 - Decommissioned August 1 1944

  2. CT BERTIOGA BE-1 (Brazilian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Brazil August 1 1944 and renamed
    Sold outright to Brazil June 30 1953

    Struck from Naval Register July 20 1953
    Scrapped 1975

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     (DATE RANGE)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JohnGermann Pennewill DE175 19440210 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pennewill DE175 19440210 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - William Ellison "Bill" Pennewill USN (February 20 1907 - June 23 1942)
Following his graduation from Dover High School Pennewill was appointed Midshipman on June 18 1925. He was commissioned Ensign June 6 1929 and reported for duty under instruction in flying, at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. His next duty was in USS SALT LAKE CITY CA-25, then with Scouting Squadron 10-S, aboard USS CHICAGO CA-29. On March 7 1932 he reported for duty with the Aircraft Scouting Force until June 2 1934, when he was transferred to Bombing Squadron 3-B, aboard USS RANGER CV-4. He returned to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola and on August 2 1941 joined the 16th Bombardment Wing. After serving at the Savannah Air Base, Savannah, Ga., until March 6 1942, he was assigned duty involving flying in connection with the fitting out of Escort Scouting Squadron Twelve. On May 29 1942, as Lieutenant Commander, he was in command of the squadron and while serving in this capacity, was killed, June 23 1942, as a result of an airplane crash, while on duty at the Naval Air Station, Kodiak, Alaska. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for outstanding achievement in aerial flight in contact with the enemy, for leading his inexperienced squadron in a series of remarkable flights over strange terrain and through most severe weather conditions, and for gallantly giving his life in the service of his country. He was also awarded the Purple Heart by a grateful nation



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