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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 April 3 1919 - Launched August 12 1919
  1. USS TRACY Destroyer No. 214
    Commissioned March 9 1920

  2. USS TRACY DD-214
    Designated (DD) July 17 1920

  3. USS TRACY DM-19
    Reclassified Light Minelayer (DM) June 30 1937
    Decommissioned January 16 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 7 1946
    Sold May 16 1946 to Northern Metals Company of Philadelphia, Pa. for scrap


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. Tracy Covers Page 1    (1930-41)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post office established March 10 1920 - Disestablished August 7 1923


Locy Type
9 (C)


As DD-214
Postmark on a San Miguel beer ad in a copy of the "TYPHOON" newspaper published by the American Destroyers Operating in the Far East.

Post office reestablished June 13 1925 - Disestablished January 12 1946


Locy Type
3 (BC-TBB)


As DD-214
30th Anniversary of WWI, cachet by Homer D. Hubbard


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



As DM-19
Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)


As DM-19


Locy Type
3s (A)

P I"


As DD-214
Official Business


Locy Type


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3


FAKE Postmark and cachet created by the Hobby Shop


Locy Type
SLKbs (38x4)




Other Information

TRACY earned seven battle stars for her World War II service

TRACY DM-19 was at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941 at The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard

NAMESAKE - Benjamin Franklin Tracy (April 26 1830 – August 6 1915)
Tracy was a United States political figure who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1889 through 1893, during the administration of President Benjamin Harrison.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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