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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.

    Asheville Class Motor Gunboat
    Keel Laid 8 May 1967 - Launched 25 July 1968

  1. USS WELCH PG-93
    Commissioned 8 September 1969 - Decommissioned 20 September 1981

    Struck from the Naval Register 12 April 1995

    Transferred to the Columbian Coast Guard and renamed
    Fate unknown.

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Welch PG-93 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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 2#

Br. 17080

Cam Ranh Bay



Ships seal as cachet. From the collection of Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type 2-1(n+) (USS)

USS Mississippi



Greetings from Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. From the collection of Thad W. Kaczkowski


Locy Type

USS Portland
LSD 37



Cachet by George H. Wilson. The ship had no postal facilities, so the cover was posted either on another ship or ashore.


Machine Cancel

Norfolk VA



Add-on cachet. From the collection of Thad W. Kaczkowski


Other Information

USS WELCH earned the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ two battle stars and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon for service in the Vietnam War.

NAMESAKE - A city in southern West Virginia. It is the seat of government for McDowell County.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name WELCH - USS Welch PC-817 and USS Welch PG-93.



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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