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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 Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid February 28 1943 - Launched May 15 1943

    Commissioned September 29 1943 - Decommissioned May 1 1946
    Recommissioned May 2 1952 - Decommissioned June 1965

    Struck from Naval Register August 1 1973
    Sold August 1 1973 to Aardvark International for scrap
Peterson DE150 Crest.jpg

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. USS Peterson DE-152 Covers Page 1     (1943-59)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning September 29 1943 to May 1 1946


Locy Type


JonBurdett peterson de152 19431027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett peterson de152 19431027.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett peterson de152 19460111 pm.jpg
JonBurdett peterson de152 19460111.jpg


2nd Commissioning May 2 1952 to June 1965


Locy Type


JonBurdett peterson de152 19520604 pm.jpg
JonBurdett peterson de152 19520604.jpg

R/S cachet


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (error repaired)


GregCiesielski Peterson DE152 19600104 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peterson DE152 19600104 1 Front.jpg

Rubber stamp "Operation Deepfreeze" cachet and signature of the Commanding Officer LCdr. Clifford Eugene Hunter (24 Jul. 1959 - Jul. 1960).


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Peterson DE152 19550211 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peterson DE152 19550211 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Donald Graf


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Peterson DE152 19630425 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peterson DE152 19630425 1 Front.jpg

"On Piece"


Other Information

USS PETERSON earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 battle star, the WWII Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal w/ star, the Antarctic Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Chief Water Tender Oscar Verner Peterson, USN (August 27 1899 - May 13 1942)
   Peterson enlisted in the Navy in December 1920. He saw extensive sea service during the following two decades. In April 1941, he joined the crew of USS NEOSHO AO 23, and was aboard her during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 1941. On May 7 1942, during the Battle of Coral Sea, after NEOSHO was heavily damaged by Japanese bombers, Chief Water Tender Peterson received severe burns while endeavoring to save his ship. He died of these injuries on May 13 1942. Oscar V. Peterson was posthumously awarded The Medal of Honor for his heroism on that occasion.



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