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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 14 July 1942 - Launched 12 January 1943

  1. USS POPE DE-134
  2. Commissioned 25 June 1943 - Decommissioned 17 May 1946

    Stricken 2 January 1971
    Sold 22 August 1973 for scrap
Pope DE134 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 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 Pope DE-134 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 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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2(n)
(Oct 27, 1945)


JonBurdett pope de134 19451027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pope de134 19451027.jpg

Navy Day 1945


Locy Type 2(n)


GregCiesielski Pope DE134 19460107 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pope DE134 19460107 1 Front.jpg

From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type 2z


JonBurdett pope de134 19450415 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pope de134 19450415.jpg

Mark from back of cover


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


GregCiesielski Pope DE134 19460517 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pope DE134 19460517 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service/Decommissioning. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS POPE earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/3 Battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Commodore John Pope, USN (17 December 1798 - 14 January 1876)
        Born in Sandwich, MA, Pope was appointed midshipman from Maine on 30 May 1816. Prior to the Civil War, he served in the Mediterranean, West Indian, Brazil, African and East India Squadrons.
        From 1 July to 24 October 1861, he was attached to the Gulf Squadron commanding USS Richmond. He participated in the search for CSS Sumter in the West Indies while on his way to join the Gulf Blockading Squadron, assisted in the blockade of the passes of the Mississippi River and took part in the engagement with Confederate States' vessels at the Battle of the Head of Passes on 12 October 1861.
        He was relieved at his own request on account of ill health, was later promoted to Commodore on 16 July 1862 and then retired. He died in Dorchester, MA.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Rae W. Fabens.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Pope DD-225 and USS Pope DE-134.



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