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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.

    Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid December 20 1956 - Launched September 27 1957

    Commissioned February 5 1959 - Decommissioned February 27 1970
    Recommissioned January 15 1971 - Decommissioned December 12 1982

    Struck from Naval Register February 7 1990
    Sunk as target May 12 1997 off Kauai, Hawaii

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

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2nd Commissioning January 15 1971 to December 12 1982


Locy Type
FDR 2(n+)


First Day of Recommissioning


Other Information

RICHARD S. EDWARDS received six battle stars for service off Vietnam

NAMESAKE - Richard Stanislaus Edwards USN (February 18 1885 - June 2 1956)
Edwards was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1903. He was commissioned Ensign on September 13 1908 and through subsequent advancement attained the rank of Admiral, to date from April 13 1945, and was transferred to the retired list of the U.S. Navy in that rank on July 1 1947. During World War I, he served as Engineer Officer on board USS KENTUCKY BB-6, then as Gunnery Officer on board USS KANSAS BB-21 and USS ARKANSAS BB-33. His commands included USS WOOD DD-317; Submarine Squadron 6; Submarine Base, New London, Conn.; USS CO:ORADO BB-45; Submarines, Patrol Force; and Submarines, Atlantic Fleet. During World War II he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Aide to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet and then Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations. For his World War II service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He subsequently served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Commander, Western Sea Frontier, and Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet. He died at the Naval Hospital, Oakland, Calif., June 2 1956



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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