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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 13 February 1943 - Launched and Christened 8 May 1943

  1. USS POOLE DE-151
  2. Commissioned 29 September 1943 - Decommissioned 29 January 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 2 January 1971
    Sold 30 January 1974 for scrap

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 Poole DE-151 Covers Page 1     (1945)



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 2z


JonBurdett poole de151 19450124 pm.jpg
JonBurdett poole de151 19450124.jpg

Censored WWII use


Locy Type 9efu


GregCiesielski Poole DE151 19451115 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Poole DE151 19451115 1 Front.jpg

Official Business. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS POOLE earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Gunners Mate First Class Minor Butler Poole, USN (2 February 1920 - 12 October 1942)
         Poole enlisted in the Navy February 15 1938. Gunners Mate First Class Poole was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and courageous devotion to duty while in charge of the Forward Magazine Flooding Control Station aboard USS Boise CL-47 during the Battle of Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal, on the night of October 11–12 1942. He gave up his life in an attempt to reach the flooding panel through overpowering gas fumes, 12 October 1942.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Minor Herndon Poole, mother of Minor Butler Poole.



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