WARD APD 16

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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.

    Wickes Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid May 15 1918 as COWELL
    Name changed May 20 1918
    Launched June 1 1918

  1. USS WARD Destroyer No. 139
    Commissioned July 24 1918

  2. USS WARD DD-139
    Designated (DD) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned July 21 1921
    Recommissioned January 15 1941

  3. USS WARD APD-16
    Reclassified High-Speed Transport (APD) February 6 1943
    Irreparably damaged (Kamikaze) December 7 1944 off Leyte
    Scuttled (Gunfire) from USS O'BRIEN DD-725

    Struck from Naval Register January 20 1945

 

Naval Covers

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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. DD-139 Covers Page 1    (1941-43)
  2. APD-16 Covers Page 1    (1943-44)

 

Postmarks

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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.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

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



2nd Commissioning January 15 1941 to December 7 1944


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3r

1941-03-31

As DD-139
First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3r

1941-03-31

AS DD-139
First Day Postal Service
Cachet by George Neumann, cachet sponsor - Frederick Horton


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3r

1941-03-31

As DD-139
First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9x

1941-03-31

As DD-139
First Day postal Service


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-07-23

As APD-16


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BTB)

1941-05-19

As DD-139


 

Locy Type
3z

1943-01-10

As DD-139
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9v

1943-10-10
to
1943-10-18

As APD-16
Mark from back of cover



Commemorative Covers


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"50th Anniv. Station"

Trenton NJ

1991-12-07

N/A

Commemorative cover for the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack and the USS Ward's "First Shot".


 

USPS
Type 9 Cancel

Naval Sta
MOU No 1

Pearl Harbor HI

2018-12-07

N/A

Commemorative cover commemorating the Pearl Harbor Attack and the USS Ward's "First Shot". Cachet by Michael Brock

 

Other Information

USS WARD earned 9 Battle Stars for WWII service

USS WARD was the On Duty Destroyer at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941, and sank a Japanese mini-sub an hour before the attack began just outside the harbor entrance

In a twist of fate, USS WARD was heavily damaged (Kamikaze) at Leyte December 7 1944 exactly three years after Pearl Harbor, and was sunk by gunfire from USS O'BRIEN DD-725 under Command of William Outerbridge...The USS WARD's Skipper on December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - Commander James Harmon Ward, USN (September 25 1806 – June 27 1861)
Ward was the first Officer of the United States Navy killed during the American Civil War

 


 

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