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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.

    Porter Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid 18 December 1933 - Launched 21 September 1936

    Commissioned 17 February 1937

    Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) 17 September 1945
    Decommissioned 28 June 1950

    Struck from Naval Register 5 December 1957
    Sold 23 February 1959 and broken up for scrap


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Winslow DD-359 / AG-127 Covers Page 1    (1937-1945)



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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type



DD-359. First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type



DD-359. First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Walter Czubay.


Locy Type


AG-127. Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets).


Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)



DD-359. Port Visit to Cristobal, CZ. Cachet by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)



DD-359. Port Visit to Port Au Prince Haiti. Add-on cachet by Stewart Milstein


Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)


As AG-127


Locy Type


As DD-359


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral John A. Winslow, USN (1811- 29 September 1873)
Winslow was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1811. He entered the Navy as a Midshipman in 1827, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1839 and to Commander in 1855. During the Mexican War, he was commended to gallantry for his activities at Tobasco. Soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, Commander Winslow was assigned as Executive Officer of the Western Gunboat Flotilla. He was injured while commanding the incomplete ironclad river gunboat Benton in the Fall of 1861 and spent several months recovering. Promoted to Captain in July 1862, Winslow returned to the Mississippi area for further service, but was detached late in the year. He took command of USS Kearsarge in April 1863. Over the next year and a half, Captain Winslow patrolled European waters in search of Confederate raiders, keeping his ship and crew well-prepared for combat. On 19 June 1864, he led them to victory in one of the Civil War's most notable naval actions, the battle between USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama. Winslow was promoted to the rank of Commodore as a result of this action. He became a Rear Admiral in 1870 and commanded the Pacific Squadron from then until 1872. Rear Admiral John A. Winslow died on 29 September 1873, soon after retiring from active naval service.

NAMESAKE - Admiral Cameron McRae Winslow (29 July 1854 – 2 January 1932)
Winslow served in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War and World War I. During the 1898 war with Spain, then-Lieutenant Winslow served on board USS NASHVILLE PG-7. He was commended for extraordinary heroism when, on May 11 1898, he commanded a boat expedition from NASHVILLE and USS MARBLEHEAD C-11 which succeeded in cutting two submarine cables off Cienfuegos, Cuba, which linked Cuba with Europe. Despite withering enemy fire from point-blank range, which resulted in a bullet wound to his hand, Winslow retained command throughout the engagement. Winslow commanded USS CHARLESTON C-22 from 1905 to 1907 and Battleship USS NEW HAMPSHIRE BB-25 from 1908 to 1909. When the fleet returned to the U.S. in 1909, Winslow and the NEW HAMPSHIRE joined the fleet for its formal military review before President Roosevelt. Promoted to Rear Admiral on 14 September 1911, Winslow was Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, from 13 September 1915 until 29 July 1916 when he was retired due to the statutory age limit. Recalled to active duty in World War I, he served as Inspector of Naval Districts on the Atlantic coast until again retiring on 11 November 1919. Rear Admiral Winslow died in Boston, Massachusetts.

The ships sponsor was Miss Mary Blythe Winslow.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name WINSLOW - USS Winslow Torpedo Boat No.5, USS Winslow DD-53 and USS Winslow DD-359. The first two ships were named solely for Rear Admiral John A. Winslow and the third was named for both Admirals.



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