SMITH DD 378

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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 October 27 1934 - Launched February 20 1936

  1. USS SMITH DD 378
    Commissioned September 19 1936 - Decommissioned June 28 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 25 1947
    Sold August 20 1947 and broken up for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1936-46)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

"Mare Island Station"

Vallejo, CA

1934-10-27

GregCiesielski Smith DD378 19341027 1 Front.jpg

N/A

Keel Laid, joint keel laying with USS Preston DD 379. Navy Day.


 

Locy Type
3s

USS McCORMICK
DD 223

1936-02-20

JonBurdett mccormick dd223 19360220.jpg
JonBurdett mccormick dd223 19360220 cach.jpg

Launching


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)

"TASTES FIRST /
SALT WATER"

USS ARCTIC
AF 7

1936-02-20

GregCiesielski Arctic AF7 19360220 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Arctic AF7 19360220 1 Postmark.jpg

Launching, cachet by the Golden Bear Crew No. 14, ANCS



 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (AC-TBT)

"FIRST DAY /
COMMISSION"

1936-09-19

GregCiesielski Smith DD378 19360919 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Smith DD378 19360919 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Commission


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-10-17

JohnGermann Smith DD378 19441017 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Smith DD378 19441017 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"MARE ISLAND /
CALIF"

1936-10-12

GregCiesielski Smith DD 378 19361012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arctic AF 7 19361012 2 Front.jpg

Postmarks also for: USS Arctic AF-7 - USS San Francisco CA-38 - USS Tuscaloosa CA-37 and backstamped from "Mare Island Station" Vallejo, CA - Cachet Category Columbus Day


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"MARE ISLAND /
CALIF"

1936-10-12

GregCiesielski Arctic AF7 19361012 2 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Arctic AF 7 19361012 2 Front.jpg

Back side of the Oct 12 1936 cover showing the "Mare Island Station" Vallejo, CA postmark.


 

Locy Type
9v

1939-06-27

GregCiesielski Smith DD378 19390627 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Smith DD378 19390627 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x

1939-07-07

GregCiesielski Smith DD378 19390707 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Smith DD378 19390707 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type Pz

"PEARL /
HARBOR"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-50

1946-03-02

JonBurdett smith dd378 19460302 pm.jpg
JonBurdett smith dd378 19460302.JPG

USCS Catalog shows the S-50 mark as CD-Z2 with upper killer missing...this appears to have all missing

 

Other Information

USS SMITH earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 6 Battle Stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for her WWII service.

NAMESAKE - Joseph B. Smith (1826 - March 8 1862)
Smith was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841. After graduating with the Class of 1847, he served at the Washington Navy Yard, in USS MISSISSIPPI and with the U.S. Coast Survey. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1855, and soon afterwards was assigned to the Steam Frigate MERRIMACK, his station until 1857. Smith next had ordnance duty at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. Lieutenant Smith joined USS CONGRESS in about 1859. As her Executive Officer, he was in charge of the ship during the Commanding Officer's absence when she was attacked and destroyed by CSS VIRGINIA on March 8 1862. Joseph B. Smith was killed in action during this battle

 


 

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