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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.

    Arleigh Burke Class (Flight IIa) Guided Missile Destroyer
    Keel Laid 16 September 2008 - Launched 15 December 2009
    Christened 17 April 2010 - Accepted by the US Navy 23 February 2011

    Commissioned 4 June 2011

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 William P. Lawrence DDG-110 Covers Page 1     (2008-2022)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
2-2n (USS, FPO
AP 96671-1205)


Official ships cachet, serviced by Wolfgang Hechler


Locy Type
11-2an (USS, FPO
AP 96671-2500)


Collectors request by Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type
11-2(n) (USS, FPO
AP 96671)


Collectors request by Foster E. Miller, III.


Locy Type
12-2n (USS, FPO
AP 96671-1205)



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


USPS Pictorial

"Commissioning /

Mobile AL


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


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Vice Admiral William Porter Lawrence, USN (January 13 1930 – December 2 2005)
    Lawrence received his "wings of gold" as a Naval Aviator in 1952. He worked as a test pilot at the Naval Air Test Center, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. When NASA established the manned-spaceflight program, Lawrence became part of Project Mercury and made it to the final round of candidates. He was released from the program only because of a small heart murmur discovered during flight training.
    Lawrence was the first naval aviator to fly at twice the speed of sound. He also served almost 6 years as a POW in North Vietnam and was later the Superintendent of the Naval Academy (August 1978 to August 1981), Commander of 3rd Fleet and Chief NAVPERS.
    VADM Lawrence’s military decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal (4 awards), Silver Star (3 awards), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat V, Purple Heart (2 awards), Air Medal (3 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V (2 awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation (with silver star), POW Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star), Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (three bronze stars), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
    Lawrence's daughter, Wendy Lawrence, attended the Naval Academy during that period as part of the Class of 1981, the second USNA class to include female graduates. Like her father, she became a Naval Aviator and later applied to become a NASA Astronaut. Unlike her father, she was selected as an astronaut and subsequently flew multiple Space Shuttle missions. She retired from the Navy as a Captain.

The ship sponsors are Diane Lawrence, VAdm Lawrence's widow, and his daughters, Dr. Laurie Lawrence (Vanderbilt University) and Capt. Wendy Lawrence (USN Ret, and former shuttle astronaut).



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