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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 25 June 1934 - Launched 11 January 1936

  1. USS REID DD-369
    Commissioned 2 November 1936
    SUNK by 2 Kamikaze 11 December 1944 in Ormoc Bay Leyte Philippines
    103 of her crew were lost 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 Reid DD-369 Covers Page 1    (1936-1942)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type



First Day in Commission


Locy Type





Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

"NEW /


New Years Day 1938


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)




Locy Type


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type 9v


Censored, WWII use. Marking from back of cover


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-Z2


Cachet by M. Fay Muridge


Locy Type


Uncataloged Straight-line marking. Cover is signed by Wilber W. Carter, NMC


Locy Type


Back side of the May 1 1938 cover. Wilber W. Carter, NMC address label seen


Other Information

USS REID earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 Battle Stars for her WWII service.

USS REID was at Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Samuel Chester Reid, USN (24 August 1783 – 28 January 1861)
         Reid entered the Navy in 1794. He served in CONSTELLATION with Commodore Thomas Truxtun and in 1803 became master of the brig MERCHANT. During the War of 1812 he commanded the privateer GENERAL ARMSTRONG and at Fayal, Azores, in 1814 engaged gunboats from British men-of-war en route to Jamaica and New Orleans, Louisiana. Although eventually forced to scuttle and abandon his ship, Reid's action delayed the British squadron and aided General Jackson's defense of New Orleans.
He was appointed master in the Navy in 1844 and died at New York January 28 1861

Four ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor; USS REID Destroyer No. 21, USS REID DD-292, USS REID DD-369 and USS REID FFG-30.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Beatrice Reid Power.



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