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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 1 October 1934 - Launched 28 October 1935

  1. USS SHAW DD-373
    Commissioned 18 September 1936
    Severely damaged in the Pearl Harbor attack 7 December 1941
    Repaired August 1942
    Decommissioned 2 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 24 October 1945
    Sold 1946 and broken up for scrap

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 Shaw DD-373 Covers Page 1     (1936-1945)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post office established 26 September 1936 - Disestablished 25 September 1945


Locy Type



First Day Postal Service, cachet by Meyer Tuchinsky


Locy Type



First Day Postal Service, cachet by C. Wright Richell, sponsored by T. M. Holcombe


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



Shakedown Cruise


Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)


Cachet by Robert Stoner, sponsored by J. Robert Bund. Cachet is thermographed.


Locy Type 9v


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-38


Fancy wartime "z" strike used while under repair from damage sustained in Pearl Harbor attack


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

(Killer Off Cover)



Cachet by M. Fay Muridge. Cachet designed for the Wartime "Z" postmarks. Address on the back from William R. Welch
"Severely damaged in the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941. Although the cancellation itself is authentic, overs with this date postmarked. See April 2018 LOG Article


Other Information

USS SHAW earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 11 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.
USS SHAW was at Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Captain John Shaw, USN (1773 - 17 September 1823)
Shaw was born at Mountmellick, County Laois, Ireland, in 1773, and moved to the United States in 1790, where he settled in Philadelphia, and entered the merchant marine.
         Appointed Lieutenant in the United States Navy on 3 August 1798, he first served in USS Montezuma in Commodore Thomas Truxtun's squadron in the West Indies during the early part of the Quasi-War with France. On 20 October 1799, he was given command of the schooner USS Enterprise in which, during the next year, he captured seven armed French vessels and recaptured several American merchantmen. By the time he was relieved of command due to ill health in October 1800, he had made USS Enterprise one of the most famous vessels of the Navy.
         During the First Barbary War, Shaw commanded frigate USS Adams in the Mediterranean under Commodore John Rodgers from May to November 1804. He was promoted to Captain in August 1807.
         Shaw helped suppress the 1811 German Coast Uprising.
         During the War of 1812, Shaw commanded the New Orleans naval post as well as the frigate USS United States.
         Captain Shaw died at Philadelphia, where he is interred in the Christ Church Burial Ground.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Dorothy Van Tuyl Linch Tinker, great-great-granddaughter of Captain John Shaw.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor - USS Shaw DD-68 and USS Shaw DD-373.



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