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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 July 6 1943 - Launched March 13 1944

  1. USS PORTER DD-800
    Commissioned June 24 1944 - Decommissioned July 3 1946
    Recommissioned February 9 1951 - Decommissioned August 10 1953

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1972
    Sold March 21 1974 and broken up 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 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. Covers Page 1     (1944-51)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning June 24 1944 to July 3 1946


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-40


JonBurdett porter dd800 19451027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett porter dd800 19451027.jpg

Navy Day


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Porter DD800 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Porter DD800 19451027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day


Locy Type


JohnGermann Porter DD800 19450221 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Porter DD800 19450221 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett porter dd800 19441113 pm.jpg
JonBurdett porter dd800 19441113.jpg

Mark from back of cover

2nd Commissioning February 9 1951 to August 10 1953


Locy Type


JonBurdett porter dd800 19510317 pm.jpg
JonBurdett porter dd800 19510317.jpg

First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Porter DD800 19510409 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Porter DD800 19510409 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

PORTER earned one battle star for her World War II service and one battle star for her Korean War service.

NAMESAKE - Commodore David Porter, USN (1780–1843), and his son Admiral David Dixon Porter, USN (1813–1891).

Five ships in the US Navy have been named in their honor; USS Porter TB-6, USS Porter DD-59, USS Porter DD-356, USS Porter DD-800 and USS Porter DDG-78.



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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