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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.

    Sims Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 31 May 1938 - Launched 20 October 1939

  1. USS WALKE DD-416
    Commissioned 27 April 1940
    SUNK by Japanese Warships 15 November 1942 off Guadalcanal
    75 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty

    Struck from Naval Register 13 January 1943


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. USS Walke DD-416 Covers Page 1    (1939-1940)



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


Locy Type



First Day in Commission. Cachet by Al Cohen and Meyer Tuchinsky.


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



Shakedown Cruise, cachet by George Neumann


Other Information

USS WALKE earned 3 Battle Stars (WWII)

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Henry A. Walke, USN (December 24 1809 – March 8 1896)

Three ships of the US Navy have been named in his honor- USS Walke DD-34, USS Walke DD-416 and USS Walke DD-723.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Clarence Dillon, grandniece of the late Rear Admiral Walke.



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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