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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.

    Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid October 4 1944 as DE-719
    Converted to Crosley Class High-speed Transport (APD) while under construction
    Launched February 15 1945

  1. USS WEISS APD-135
    Commissioned July 7 1945 - Decommissioned May 2 1949
    Recommissioned October 14 1950 - Decommissioned March 2 1958
    Recommissioned November 20 1961

  2. USS WEISS LPR-135
    Redesignated Amphibious Transport (Small) (LPR) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned January 1970

    Struck from Naval Register September 15 1974
    Sold June 24 1976 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. Weiss Covers Page 1    (1945-46)



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

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


USPO Machine

Bay City MI


No Image

Launching, cachet by Ralph P. Werve

1st Commissioning July 7 1945 to May 2 1949


Locy Type


As APD-135


Locy Type


The cancel was applied to the reverse of the cover.


Locy Type 7z

Unknown Shore Station




Other Information

WEISS earned the following awards during her Naval career: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (3) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - Sergeant Carl Walter Weiss, USMC (March 27 1915 - November 2 1942)
Navy Cross Citation
"The Navy Cross is presented to Carl Walter Weiss, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces west of the Matanikau River in the Solomon Islands Area on November 1 and 2, 1942. Advancing in the face of persistent enemy machine gun and rifle fire, Sergeant Weiss, with grim determination and dauntless courage, neutralized an enemy machine gun nest with a grenade and returned to set up his own machine gun. As the infuriated Japanese charged up the hill with bayonets, Sergeant Weiss, directing the fire of his gunners, repulsed them three times, but during the last assault, one of his men was wounded and rolled forward of the gun. Under the punishing fire of the enemy, Sergeant Weiss crawled forward and dragged his comrade to safety. On the following day as Sergeant Weiss again inched his way over the nose of the hill to set up his gun, a hostile automatic weapon fired upon him, but he continued on and threw a hand grenade into the enemy position. As he attempted to throw a second grenade, he was hit and killed. His great personal valor, aggressiveness and fine spirit of self-sacrifice were an inspiration to his comrades and contributed in a large measure to the success of this operation. He gallantly gave up his life in the defense of his country."



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