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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.

    Gleaves Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 1 March 1939 - Launched 9 March 1940

  2. Commissioned 17 July 1940 - Decommissioned 3 May 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 1 November 1972

  3. NAN YANG DD-17 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
  4. Transferred to Taiwan 16 February 1954 and renamed

    Stricken by Taiwan 1975 and 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. USS Plunkett DD-431 Covers Page 1    (1939-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established July 29 1940 - Disestablished February 27 1946


Locy Type



Commissioning & First Day of Postal Service, cachet by George Neumann, sponsored by Frederick Horton.


Locy Type




Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)





Locy Type
3z (BBT)


Cachet by George V. Sadworth


Locy Type 9x


Cachet by Louis C. Weigand


Locy Type


Cachet by Louis C. Weigand. From the Bob Reisinger collection.


Locy Type


Cachet by George V. Sadworth


Other Information

USS PLUNKETT earned 5 battle stars for her WWII service.

NAMESAKE - RAdm Charles Peshall Plunkett, USN (February 15 1864 - March 24 1931)
Plunkett was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1879. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, during which he served in Adm. Dewey’s Squadron at Manila Bay, he had commanded both USS NORTH DAKOTA BB-29 and USS SOUTH DAKOTA ACR-9 and had served as Director, Target Practice and Engineering Competitions for the Navy Department before the United States entered World War I. In July, 1918, he assumed command of the five Naval Railway Batteries in France. Under his direction those mobile units of 14” battleship guns supported French and American armies from September 6 until the Armistice. Awarded The Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the war, he later commanded Destroyers, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and served as Chief of Staff, Naval War College; President, Board of Inspection and Survey; and as Commandant, New York Navy Yard and the 3d Naval District. Retiring in 1928, Rear Admiral Plunkett died, in Washington, D.C., March 24 1931



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