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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 October 22 1942 - Launched May 28 1943

  1. USS TINGEY DD 539
    Commissioned November 25 1943 - Decommissioned March 1946
    Recommissioned January 27 1951 - Decommissioned November 30 1963

    Struck from Naval Register November 1 1965
    Sunk as target May 1966 off San Francisco

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. Covers Page 1     (1944-51)



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

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

1st Commissioning November 25 1943 to March 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-18




Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-18a



2nd Commissioning January 27 1951 to November 30 1963


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


Photo cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


Locy Type


Photo cachet by William T. (Duke) Gmahle


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Other Information

TINGEY received eight battle stars for her World War II service and five battle stars for her Korean War service.

NAMESAKE - Thomas Tingey was born in London on 11 September 1750. As a youth, he served in the British Navy commanding a blockhouse at Chateaux Bay on the Labrador coast. He later commanded merchant vessels in the West Indies before coming to the colonies and investing in the East India trade. According to unverified tradition, Tingey served in the Continental Navy during the War for Independence.
     In September 1798, Tingey was commissioned a captain in the United States Navy and distinguished himself in the undeclared war with France as commander of the man-of-war Ganges. During that time, Tingey commanded a squadron which cruised the waters of the Windward Passage between Hispaniola and Cuba to protect American shipping from French privateers. Tingey commanded Ganges as she took four prizes and is known for his bloodless encounter with the British frigate HMS Surprise.
     In January 1800, Tingey was appointed to supervise construction of the new navy yard at Washington, D.C., and became its first commandant on 23 November 1804. In the summer of 1814, as the British advanced on Washington, the Secretary of the Navy ordered Tingey to set fire to the yard. Tingey returned after the withdrawal of the British forces and commanded the yard until his death on 23 February 1829. Commodore Tingey was buried with military honors in what is now known as Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

There has been three ships of the US Navy named TINGEY - USS Tingey Torpedo Boat No. 34, USS Tingey DD-272 and USS Tingey DD-539.



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