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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 30 April 1941 - Launched 17 May 1942

  1. USS STRONG DD-467
    Commissioned 7 August 1942
    SUNK by Japanese Destroyers 5 July 1943 off Baioko Harbor, New Georgia

    46 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.
    On 6 February 2019, the research vessel Petrel located the wreck.

Rear Admiral James H. Strong, 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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Strong DD-467 Covers Page 1     (1942-1943)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

Post Office Established 12 August 1942 - Post Office Closed 5 July 1943


Locy Type 3z


Censored WWII use.


Other Information

USS STRONG earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal w/ three battle stars during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral James H. Strong, USN (26 April 1814 - 28 November 1882)
Strong, born in Canandaigua, N.Y., was appointed a Midshipman in the United States Navy on 2 February 1829, while a student in the Polytechnic College at Chittenango, NY. He made his first cruise on the Brazil station in LEXINGTON from 1833 to 1835. After various cruises, he commanded the Store Ship RELIEF in 1859. Strong was promoted to Commander in April 1861 and commanded MOHAWK and FLAG in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1861 and 1862, and MONONGAHELA in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron from 1863 to 1865. At the Battle of Mobile Bay, he was the first to ram the Confederate Ironclad TENNESSEE and received high commendation for his initiative and valor. Strong served at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1866 and 1867 and later commanded CANANDAIGUA in the Mediterranean Squadron in 1869 and 1870. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in Sept. 1873 and served as Commander-in-Chief of the South Atlantic Squadron from 1873 to 1875. Strong retired from the U.S. Navy on 25 April 1876, at which time he had completed more than 48 years of service. He died in Columbia, S.C.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Susan H. Olsen, the great-grandniece of Rear Adm. James H. Strong, USN.

Two ships of the US Navy have honored RADM Strong - USS Strong DD-467 and USS Strong DD-758.



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