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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid May 7 1942 - Launched October 13 1942

  1. USS PHILIP DD-498
    Commissioned November 21 1942 - Decommissioned June 8 1946
    Recommissioned June 30 1950

    Reclassified Escort Destroyer (DDE) March 26 1949

  3. USS PHILIP DD-498
    Reverted to Destroyer (DD) June 30 1962
    Decommissioned September 30 1968

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1968
    Sold December 15 1971

    Sank in storm February 2 1972 on her way to be scrapped


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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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. Philip Covers Page 1    (1942-51)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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

Post Office Established November 21 1942 - Disestablished April 30 1946


Locy Type


JohnGermann Philip DD498 19430913 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann JPhilip DD498 19430913 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type
3z (BTT)


JonBurdett philip dd498 19430605 pm.jpg
JonBurdett philip dd498 19430605.jpg

As DD-498


Locy Type
9efu with bars


JonBurdett philip dd498 19460108 pm.jpg
JonBurdett philip dd498 19460108.jpg

As DD-498

Post Office Reestablished July 17 1950 - Disestablished 1968


Locy Type
FDPS 2 Jul 17, 1950


JonBurdett philip dde498 19500717 pm.jpg
JonBurdett philip dde498 19500717.jpg

As DDE-498
First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Philip DDE498 19500902 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Philip DDE498 19500902 1 Front.jpg

As DDE-498


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Philip DDE498 19540318 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Philip DDE498 19540318 1 Front.jpg

As DDE-498


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-21


JonBurdett philip dd498 19451109 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett philip dd498 19451109.jpg

As DDE-498


Other Information

PHILIP earned 9 battle stars for her World War II service and 5 battle stars for her Korean War service.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral John W. Philip, USN (August 26 1840 – June 30 1900)

Two destroyers have been named in his honor; USS Philip DD-76 and USS Philip DD-498.



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