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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 18 August 1918 - Launched 31 March 1919

  1. USS SOUTHARD Destroyer No. 207
  2. Commissioned 24 September 1919

  4. Designated (DD) 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned 7 February 1922
    Recommissioned 6 January 1930

  6. Reclassified High-speed Minesweeper (DMS) 19 November 1940
    Grounded in a typhoon 17 September 1945 and again on 9 October 1945 at Tsuken Shima, Okinawa
    Decommissioned 15 December 1945

    Stricken 8 January 1946
    Wreck destroyed 14 January 1946

Samuel Lewis Southard

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 Southard DMS-10 Covers Page 1    (1931-1941)



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 8 December 1919 - Post Office Disestablished 14 March 1921


Locy Type
3 (AC)




Post Office Established 8 January 1930 - Post Office Disestablished 2 February 1935


Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)



Keel Laying of USS Dunlap DD-384, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick. Postmark used after PO Disestablished.


Locy Type
3s (A)



Post Office Established 15 August 1935 - Post Office Disestablished 4 November 1945


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)


(Hull Number
In Dial)


New Year's Day, cachet by Byrd L. Powell.


Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)



Fleet Week, cachet by William Linto. Cover also bears postmarks from USS Relief AH-1, USS Goff DD-247, USS Reuben James DD-245 and USS Hovey DD-208 on the front and back.


Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)



Launching of USS Clark DD-361, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick.


Locy Type 9

"COM /

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-55


Keel Laying of USS Fanning DD-385, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick. "S-55 appears with various wording within circle instead of date." USCS Postmark Catalog, 5th Edition.


Locy Type P (C)


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-55c


New Year's Day, cachet by Byrd L. Powell.


Other Information

USS SOUTHARD earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 10 battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Samuel Lewis Southard (9 June 1787 – 26 June 1842)
Samuel Lewis Southard was born in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and graduated from Princeton in 1804. After teaching school in New Jersey, he worked as a tutor in Virginia and studied at law there. Upon being admitted to the bar, he returned to New Jersey, where he was appointed law reporter by the legislature in 1814. Southard became an associate justice of the state supreme court in 1815 and, in 1820, served as a presidential elector. In 1821, he was chosen to fill the seat in the United States Senate, vacated by the resignation of James J. Wilson, and served until March of 1823. In September of that year, he was appointed Secretary of the Navy, a post he held until 1829. During these years, he also served briefly as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War. In 1829, Southard became attorney-general of New Jersey and, in 1832, was elected governor. He returned to the Senate in 1833 and, on 4 March 1841, became President pro tempore of the Senate. Southard died in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The ships sponsor was Miss Francesca Lewis Steward.



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