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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 20 January 1943 - Launched 7 April 1943

  1. USS TWIGGS DD-591
    Commissioned 4 November 1943
    SUNK by Japanese kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa 16 June 1945
    193 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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).

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  1. USS Twiggs DD-591 Covers Page 1     (1944-45)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Machine cancel

"Navy Yard Station"

Charleston SC





Locy Type 2z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type 2z



Censored, WWII use. Posted nine days before she was sunk. From the Christian Kasper collection.


Other Information

USS TWIGGS earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 battle stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Major Levi Twiggs, USMC (May 23 1793 - September 13 1847).
Major Twiggs was an veteran of the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars (1836-37) and the Mexican-American War. He was killed by enemy gunfire as he led a storming party in the assault on Chapultepec before Mexico City on September 13 1847.

There have been two US Navy ships named in his honor; USS Twiggs DD-127 and USS Twiggs DD-591.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Roland S. Morris.



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