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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.

    Fletcher Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid March 10 1943 - Launched November 19 1943

    Commissioned April 15 1944 - Decommissioned July 8 1946
    Recommissioned March 9 1951 - Decommissioned September 26 1969

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1975
    Sunk as target July 22 1997 off Hawaii

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    (1945-51)



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

1st Commissioning April 15 1944 to July 8 1946


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type

(Br. #15850)



2nd Commissioning March 9 1951 to September 26 1969


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type




Locy Type


The cancel was applied to the reverse of the cover.


Other Information

STODDARD received the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ three bronze stars - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia and Europe Clasps - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 bronze star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 bronze star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 bronze stars - Philippine Liberation Ribbon and Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal

STODDARD has the distinction of being the the last Fletcher Class destroyer to be stricken from the U.S. Navy, in 1975.

For more information about the ship and her crew, visit their website by clicking here -> [1]

NAMESAKE - Master's Mate James Stoddard, USN
    Stoddard was born at Port Robinson, C.W. (Canada West), around 1838. On September 21 1863, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Detroit, Michigan. While serving in USS Marmora near Yazoo City, Miss., he was sent ashore, in the crew of a rifled howitzer mounted on a field carriage, to help repulse a Confederate attack on the town. He and his comrades defended their gun against superior forces, often engaging in hand-to-hand combat. Stoddard was wounded in the neck during the action, but recovered to receive the award of a medal and a promotion to Acting Master's Mate, on April 14 1864, for his courageous stand.



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