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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.

    Porter Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid December 18 1933 - Launched December 12 1935

  1. USS PORTER DD-356
    Commissioned August 27 1936
    Damaged October 26 1942 by Japanese Submarine I-12 off Santa Cruz Island
    SUNK (Scuttled) by gunfire from USS SHAW DD-373


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 Porter DD-356 Covers Page 1    (1936-42)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Locy Type



First Day Postal Service, cachet by Harry Ioor


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)



Commissioning of USS Shaw DD-373


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)



Shakedown Cruise


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)



1st Day of Issue for Sc. #791


Locy Type
3b (AC-BXT)



Cachet by Louis C. Weigand


Locy Type
3r (AC-TBT)




Locy Type 9v


Registered, sailor mail. Front of cover seen on ships cover page. Contributed by Tom Kean.


Locy Type 9x




Locy Type 3


USS Bristol


Postmark honors the sinking of USS Porter. US Marine Corps cachet by Walter G. Crosby


Other Information

PORTER earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
* Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, October 1942

NAMESAKE - David Porter (February 1 1780 - March 3 1843)
Porter entered the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman in 1798 and served in the Quasi-War with France and the Barbary Wars. He became a prisoner-of-war when USS PHILADELPHIA was captured off Tripoli in October 1803. Following his release in 1805, Porter commanded USS ENTERPRISE and later was in charge of naval forces at New Orleans, Louisiana. During the War of 1812, Captain Porter was Commanding Officer of the Frigate ESSEX during her wide-ranging assault on British shipping, a campaign that continued until ESSEX was overwhelmed by HMS PHOEBE and CHERUB at Valpariso, Chile, on March 28 1814. Following the War, Porter was a member of the Board of Navy Commissioners and led an expedition to suppress West Indies piracy in 1823-25. He resigned his commission in 1826 and spent three years as commander-in- chief of the Mexican navy. Porter died on March 3 1843 while serving as U.S. Minister to Turkey



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