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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 31 1941 - Launched May 2 1942

    Commissioned September 15 1942
    SUNK (Kamikaze) April 16 1945 off Okinawa
    62 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 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     (1942-43)



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




JonBurdett pringle dd477 19420502-1.jpg
JonBurdett pringle dd477 19420502-1 cach.jpg

Note: Neumann Launching Cachet




JonBurdett pringle dd477 19420502.jpg
JonBurdett pringle dd477 19420502 cach.jpg

Note: Muridge Launching Cachet


Locy Type
FDC 3z


JonBurdett pringle dd477 19420915 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pringle dd477 19420915.jpg

First Day in Commission


Locy Type
3z (BTB) "BH-3"



JonBurdett pringle dd477 19430903 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pringle dd477 19430903.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use
The "BH-3" in the dial is a mystery


Other Information

PRINGLE earned 10 battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - Vice Admiral Joel Roberts Poinsett Pringle (February 4 1873 – September 25 1932)
Pringle was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1888, and commissioned Ensign in 1894. Attaining the rank of Vice Admiral in 1932, his commands included USS PERKINS DD-377, USS DIXIE AD-14, Flotilla 2, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet; USS MELVILLE AD-2, the Battleship USS IDAHO BB-42, President of the Naval War College; Battleship Division 3, Battle Force; and Battleships; Battle Force.
For his service during World War I, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as commanding officer, MELVILLE and Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotillas, European Waters.
Pringle graduated from the Naval War College in 1920 and served as a staff member from 1923-1925. Subsequently, he served as the college's president from 1927-1930



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