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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.

    Mahan Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 27 October 1934 - Launched 22 April 1936

    Commissioned 27 October 1936
    SUNK by gun fire from Japanese cruiser Nagara off Guadalcanal 15 November 1942
    116 of her crew were lost with the ship and Remain on Duty


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 Preston DD-379 Covers Page 1    (1934-41)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-1a


Note: The vast majority of FDC postmarks for PRESTON are in this condition.


Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)



Shakedown Cruise


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)




Other Information

USS PRESTON earned 2 Battle Stars for her WWII service.

NAMESAKE - Samuel W. Preston, USN (April 6 1840 - January 13 1865)
Preston was appointed Midshipman from the state of Illinois October 4 1858. Graduating first in his class, May 9 1861, he was appointed Acting Master, October 4 1861 and Lieutenant August 1 1862. From 1861 to 1863 he served on various vessels attached to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Captured by Confederate forces during an attack on Fort Sumter September 8 1863, he was taken to Libby Prison and exchanged in the fall of 1864. Ordered to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as Flag-Lieutenant to Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, he participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher December 24–25 1864 and January 13 1865. He was killed while leading his men against the fort on the latter date.



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