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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 9 October 1919 - Launched 28 April 1920

    Commissioned 3 November 1920
    Planned conversion to High-speed Transport APD-27 1 December 1943
    Conversion cancelled January 1944

    Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) 25 May 1945
    Decommissioned 29 March 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 19 June 1946
    Sold 21 November 1946 for scrap.

Rear Admiral Edward Simpson, USN

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 Simpson DD-221 / AG-97 Covers Page 1    (1930-1945)



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


Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)



As DD-221


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)


As DD-221. Fleet Week - Seattle, cachet by Marshall R. Hall


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

"IN /


As DD-221. Memorial Day and Fleet Maneuvers, cachet by Douglas C. & Harry F. Wentz


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)


As DD-221. Signed on back by Desmond D. Jagyi


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)


As DD-221


Locy Type
3s (B)



As DD-221. Official Business


Locy Type
3s (A)



As DD-221


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


As DD-221. Manuscript ship's name on back


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


As DD-221. Back side of the Oct 4 1941 cover


Locy Type
9 (C)


As DD-221


Locy Type
9v (C)


As DD-221


Other Information

USS SIMPSON earned the Yangtze Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Edward Simpson, USN (3 March 1824 – 1 December 1888)
        Edward Simpson was born in New York City on 3 March 1824. Appointed midshipman in the United States Navy in February 1840, he served afloat until late 1845, when he became a member of the first class of midshipmen to be trained at the new Naval Academy at Annapolis. After graduation on 9 July 1846, Simpson reported to USS Vixen and participated in numerous bombardments during the Mexican-American War. During the next 15 years, he served afloat in the Brazil and China squadrons and with the Coast Survey, and ashore in two tours at the Naval Academy: first as gunnery instructor, then in 1860 as head of the department of ordnance and gunnery. Finally, he became Commandant of Midshipmen in 1862. Simpson took command of the monitor, USS Passaic, in June 1863 and participated in bombardments at Charleston from July to November 1863. From July to December 1864, he commanded USS Isonomia in the East Gulf Squadron; and, then served from February to April 1865 as Fleet Captain of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and of the forces attacking Mobile. After the war, he alternated tours of command ashore and afloat with tours of ordnance duty, including a mission to Europe in 1870-72, and command of the torpedo station in 1873 and again in 1874-75. In 1883, he was appointed president of a board to select a site for a government gun factory and made another study trip to Europe. Promoted to Rear Admiral on 9 February 1884, he served as President of the Naval Advisory Board and President of the Board of Inspection and Survey until his retirement on 3 March 1886. Rear Admiral Simpson died in Washington, D.C., on 1 December 1888.

The ships sponsor was Miss Caroline Sterett Simpson, daughter of Rear Admiral Simpson.



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