STETHEM DDG 63

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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.

    Arleigh Burke Class (Flight I) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 10 May 1993 - Launched 17 June 1994
    Christened 16 July 1994

  1. USS STETHAM DDG-63
    Commissioned (Special) 31 July 1995 - Commissioned (Full) 21 October 1995
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19940716 1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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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 Stethem DDG-63 Covers Page 1    (1994-2011)

 

Postmarks

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
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-2tn+
(USS,FPO
AP 96678-1281)

1995-10-21

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19951021 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19951021 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning. Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type
FDC 9-2n+
(USS,FPO
AP 96678-1281)

1995-10-21

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19951021 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19951021 2 Front.jpg

Commissioning. Cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type 11-2
(USS,FPO
AP 96678-1281)

1999-08-24

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19990824 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19990824 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type 11-2
(USS,FPO
AP 96678-1281)

(Longer
Killer Bars)

2008-09-30

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20080930 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20080930 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type 12-2cn+
(USS,FPO
AP 96678-1281)

1999-08-24

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19990824 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 19990824 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type 12-2n
(USS,FPO
AP 96678-1281)

2011-09-14

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20110914 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20110914 2 Front.jpg

Courtesy of the USCS Postmark Survey 2011-12.


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2008-09-30

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20080930 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20080930 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Locy Type F

(UNIT 100174)

2016-01-11

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20160111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20160111 1 Front.jpg

Ship's cachet, serviced by Robert Jank. No ship's name in postmark.


 

Locy Type F

(UNIT 100174)

2020-05-07

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20200507 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20200507 1 Front.jpg

Similar to a Locy Type 12-2c. From the Foster E. Miller, III collection.


 

Locy Type Meter

(PB8702050)

2011-09-14

GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20110914 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Stethem DDG63 20110914 1 Front.jpg

Courtesy of the USCS Postmark Survey 2011-12.

 

Other Information

NAMESAKE - Steelworker Second Class Robert Dean Stethem (DV), USN (November 17 1961 – June 15 1985).
SW2 Stethem was a United States Navy Seabee diver who was murdered by terrorists during the hijacking of the commercial airliner he was aboard, TWA Flight 847.
SW2 Stethem was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Patricia L. Stethem, the mother of the ship's namesake, Steelworker Second Class (SW2) Robert Stethem.

 


 

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