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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 December 12 1942 - Launched June 12 1943

    Commissioned October 30 1943 - Decommissioned July 15 1946
    Recommissioned April 27 1951 - Decommissioned November 7 1969

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1975
    Sunk as target July 18 1982

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. Covers Page 1     (1968)



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
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Cover Image

1st Commissioning October 30 1943 to July 15 1946


Locy Type



2nd Commissioning April 27 1951 to November 7 1969


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Other Information

PORTERFIELD received ten battle stars for World War II service and four battle stars for Korean War service

NAMESAKE - Lewis Broughton Porterfield USN (October 30 1879 - April 5 1942)
Porterfield was appointed Naval Cadet from Alabama September 8 1898. He became a Midshipman in July 1902, Ensign May 2 1904, Lieutenant May 2 1907, Lieutenant Commander March 4 1915, Commander July 1 1919, Captain February 16 1925, and Rear Admiral July 1 1937. He served as Chief of Staff in the 12th Naval District. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for anti-submarine operations during World War I while commanding VENETIA. He died in Oakland, Calif., April 5 1942



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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