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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.

    John C. Butler Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid April 11 1944 - Christened & Launched June 1 1944

  1. USS PRATT DE-363
    Commissioned September 18 1944 - Decommissioned May 14 1946

    Struck from Naval Register March 15 1972
    Sold January 15 1973 for scrap
Pratt DE363 Photo.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 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     (DATE RANGE)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type

(Br. #15824)


GregCiesielski Pratt DE363 19460122 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pratt DE363 19460122 1 Front.jpg





GregCiesielski Pratt DE363 19460122 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pratt DE363 19460122 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

Awards, Citations, and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

NAMESAKES (Father & Son) - Malcolm Lewis Pratt, born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, 5 August 1891, became Assistant Surgeon with rank of Lieutenant (junior grade), USNRF, 27 March 1917. He received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in reestablishing an advanced aid station just demolished by shell-fire in Lucy le Bosage 11 June 1918, and in continuing to dress and evacuate the wounded under direct and continuous shell-fire at Thiancourt 13 September. He resigned from the Navy 13 October 1919, but on 2 May 1941 he reported for active duty again with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, MC, USNR. Attached to a Marine Division, he was reported missing in action as of 13 August 1942, when he failed to return from a reconnaissance patrol near the village Mantanikau on Guadalcanal.
John Lester Pratt, born at Bellefontaine, Ohio, 27 October 1920, enlisted in the Marine Corps 6 May 1941. He was appointed a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve 1 November 1941 and became First Lieutenant 1 October 1942. He was killed in action on Guadalcanal 22 January 1943. {DANFS}



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