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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.

    Evarts Class Destroyer Escort
    Named SANDERS February 23 1943
    Keel Laid April 23 1943 - Launched June 4 1943

  1. SANDERS DE-273
  2. Christened June 4 1943
    Allocated to the Royal Navy June 19 1943 as HMS Grindall (K-477)

  3. HMS GRINDALL K-477 (British Naval Service)
  4. Commissioned September 23 1943 - Decommissioned August 20 1945

  6. Returned to US Custody and Commissioned August 20 1945
    Decommissioned October 19 1945

    Struck from the Navy List November 1 1945
    Scrapped May 28 1946


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     (1943)



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


USPO Duplex

Boston MA





Other Information

NAMESAKE - Ensign Eugene Thomas Sanders, USN (March 15 1889 - December 7 1941)
    Sanders was born on 15 March 15 1899 in Hubbard, Oregon. Enlisted in the Army on June 16 1917, he was discharged on February 13 1919. On September 18 1919, he enlisted in the Navy and subsequently served on USS Brant AM 24 December 4 1932 to June 1 1934; on USS Finch AM 9 August 30 1934 to January 28 1936; at the naval station at Olongapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands, January 29 1936 to April 3 1937; and on USS Canopus AS 9 April 6 1937 to March 10 1938.
     On May 7 1940, Chief Boatswain Sanders reported to USS ARIZONA BB 39. Appointed Ensign on November 3 1941, he died on USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while serving on USS ARIZONA BB-39 December 7 1941.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named SANDERS - USS Sanders DE 40 and USS SANDERS DE 273 (later HMS Grindall K.477).



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