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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.

    Clemson Class Destroyer
    Keel Laid February 20 1919 - Launched May 28 1919

  1. USS ZEILIN DD-313
    Commissioned December 10 1920 - Decommissioned January 22 1930

    Struck from Naval Register July 8 1930
    Sold 1930 and broken up 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).

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  1. Covers Page 1     (1924-28)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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

Post office established May 9 1922 - Disestablished January 22 1930


Locy Type
3rs (AC)



JonBurdett zeilin dd313 19241201 pm.jpg
JonBurdett zeilin dd313 19241201.jpg



Locy Type
9r (C)


JonBurdett zeilin dd313 19280605 pm.jpg
JonBurdett zeilin dd313 19280605.jpg



Locy Type
LDC 9r (C)


GregCiesielski Zeilin DD313 19300122 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Zeilin DD313 19300122 1 Front.jpg

Last Day in Commission
Rubber stamp cachet


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin, USMC (July 16 1806 - November 18 1880)
Zeilin entered the Marine Corps as a 2d Lieutenant on October 1 1831 after several years of study at the Military Academy at West Point. By 1836, he reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Between 1845 and 1848, Lt. Zeilin cruised in USS COLUMBUS and USS CONGRESS. During the Mexican War, he commanded the Marine detachment embarked in USS CONGRESS, which ship was attached to Commodore Robert F. Stockton's force. He took part in the conquest of California and was brevetted to the rank of Major for gallantry during the action at the San Gabriel River crossing on January 9 1847. Later, he took part in the capture of Los Angeles and in the Battle of La Mesa. In 1847, Zeilin served as Military Commandant at San Diego and, in September, served with the forces that captured Guaymas and those that met the enemy at San Jose on the 30th. For the remainder of the war, Mazatlan was his center of activity, and he fought in several skirmishes with the Mexicans in that area.
After the Mexican War, Zeilin served with the Marine detachment on USS MISSISSIPPI in which ship he cruised to Japan with Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition. Following that duty, various assignments ashore occupied his time until the outbreak of the Civil War. On July 21 1861, Zeilin commanded a company of Marines during the First Battle of Manassas and received a slight wound. Later, he went to sea again, serving with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron under Rear Admiral Dahlgren. In 1864, Zeilin assumed command of the Marine Barracks at Portsmouth, N.H. That June, he was appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps in the rank of Colonel. In 1874, Zeilin became the Marine Corps' first general officer when he was prompted to Brigadier General. Brigadier General Zeilin retired from the Marine Corps on November 1 1876. After the Civil War, BGen Zeilin officially approved of the design of the "Eagle, Globe, and Anchor," as the emblem for the Marine Corps. He died November 18 1880 at Washington, D.C.

Two ships in the US Navy have been named ZEILIN - USS Zeilin DD-313 and USS Zeilin AP-9/APA-3.



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