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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 Type WGT Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid June 6 1944 - Launched August 19 1944

    Commissioned November 7 1944 - Decommissioned June 20 1946

    Struck from Naval Register June 30 1968
    Sold April 2 1970 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 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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JohnGermann Presley DE371 19460429 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Presley DE371 19460429 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type
15177 Branch


JohnGermann Presley DE371 19460429 2a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Presley DE371 19460429 2 Front.jpg



Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - Sam Davis Presley USN (December 17 1918 - October 27 1943)
Presley enlisted in the Navy November 7 1939. On September 30 1942 he became Aviation Machinist’s Mate first class. He received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 26 1942. As his ship USS ENTERPRISE CV-6, came under sustained enemy air attack, Aviation Machinist’s Mate First Class Presley voluntarily abandoned the shelter of his normal battle station. Climbing into a plane parked on the flight deck, he manned the flexible guns in the rear cockpit and commenced an effective fire against the attacking aircraft. As the battle continued, a bomb explosion blew the plane overboard. AMI Presley was listed as “missing in action,” and presumed dead October 27 1943



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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