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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.

    Legend Class 418 foot National Security Cutter
    Keel Laid 11 September 2006 - Launched 12 July 2008
    Christened 26 July 2008

    Commissioned 7 May 2010

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. USCGC Waesche WMSL-751 Covers Page 1    (2006-10)



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

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USPS Pictorial


Alameda CA


Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Admiral Russell Randolph Waesche, USCG (January 6 1886 - October 17 1946).
Waesche served as the eighth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1936 to 1946, overseeing the service during World War II. He also holds the distinction of being the longest serving Commandant, serving ten years in command of the United States Coast Guard.
    Waesche was born and raised in Thurmont, Maryland. Following graduation from high school, he attended Purdue University for a year before transferring to the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction and accepting an appointment as a Revenue Cutter Service cadet in 1904.
    From 1935 until his appointment as Commandant, Waesche served as an Aide to Commandant Harry G. Hamlet. Waesche died nine months after retiring as Commandant at his home in Leawood, Kansas due to complications of leukemia. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Sponsored by Marilla Waesche Pivonka



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