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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.

    Sampson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid April 21 1915 - Launched March 4 1916

  1. USS SAMPSON Destroyer No. 63
    Commissioned June 27 1916

    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned June 15 1921

    Struck from Naval Register January 7 1936
    Sold September 8 1936 and scrapped

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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image








Other Information

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson, USN (February 9 1840 – May 6 1902)
Sampson is known for his victory in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War

Four ships of the US Navy have been named SAMPSON in his honor, USS Sampson DD-63, USS Sampson DD-394, USS Sampson DDG-10 and USS Sampson DDG-102.
The United States Naval Academy's Sampson Hall, which houses the English and History departments, is named in his honor.
The United States Navy also authorized a service medal, known as the Sampson Medal, to recognize those who had served under his command during the Spanish-American War.



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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