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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.

    Gearing Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid May 31 1945 - Launched March 8 1946

    Commissioned June 21 1946 - Decommissioned March 31 1973

    Stricken March 31 1973

  2. LAO YANG DD-20 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Sold to Taiwan April 18 1973 and renamed
    Decommissioned by Taiwan March 16 1999

    Slated to become an artificial reef

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. Covers Page 1    (1946-54)



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

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


Locy Type


A First Day of Postal Service cancellation date, although the cachet identifies it as a First Day of Commission cover. Cachet by Morris W. Beck, sponsored by the Registered Cachet Directors


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type P

[2(n), spelling
error corrected]


Washington's Birthday


Other Information

SHELTON received eight battle stars for her service in the Korean War and eight battle stars for her service in Vietnam.

NAMESAKE - Ensign James A. Shelton, USN (1916 – June 4 1942).
Ensign Shelton was assigned to Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) on April 17 1942 and was reported missing on June 4 1942 during the Battle of Midway. For his heroism and devotion to duty, Ensign Shelton was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Two US Navy ships have been named in his honor; USS Shelton DE-407 and USS Shelton DD-790.



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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