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  • Rich Hoffner (23 May 2017 10:38am EDT) : DALLAS had some interesting possibilities for Inactivation. NLUS wanted her to come to Texas for the ceremony, but at last minute Navy cancelled the trip to TX. A pictorial was submitted then canceled by me. DALLAS set off "north" for Bremerton and reports say there was no Inactivation ceremony held in Groton. That is hard to understand as subs usually do that for dependents and crew members who may have departed before she left for Bremerton. Could be she will or has traversed the North Pole.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 May 2017 10:31am EDT) :
  • esink (22 May 2017 10:36pm EDT) : Thanks, Thad...probably won't re-send the covers.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 May 2017 8:54pm EDT) : Elgin - USS ASHLAND LSD 45 has been one of the ships that has been non-responsive to multiple mailings for me.
  • esink (22 May 2017 1:40pm EDT) : Covers sent on 4.24.17 to USS ASHLAND LSD 45 for 25th commissioning anniversary 5.9.17 were returned with red rubber stamp on outside envelope as "MISSENT TO USS AMERICA LHA-6 FPO AP 96660-1600"; (nice red type 9? cancel on reverse sent to museum);
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 May 2017 8:29pm EDT) : Covers received today (Friday) - USS Leyte Gulf CG 55 - March 27, 2017 - excellent cancel. This was one that took multiple times sending to the ship before I received this one.
  • Joshua McGee (19 May 2017 6:20pm EDT) : I've gotten back the four sets of covers I've submitted recently. I concur with Mr. Kaczkowski: they are coming back with excellent cancels:
  • esink (17 May 2017 9:20pm EDT) : Interesting info about USS Hopper (DDG 70) 20th Commissioning Anniversary:
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 May 2017 8:40am EDT) : Covers that arrived yesterday (Tuesday) - USS Carl Vinson CVN 70, USS Wasp LHD 1, USS Chung-Hoon DDG 93 and USS Wayne E. Meyer DDG 108 all with excellent cancels. It seems the few covers that are returned are coming back with very good cancels.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 May 2017 8:37am EDT) : Thanks Neal. Not sure how I missed NORFOLK so long ago but if you find any updated info on DALLAS or BUFFALO please share and if I find anything I will also. Thanks.
  • Neal Mills (15 May 2017 8:35pm EDT) : Thad – Found some additional info on USS NORFOLK. The NVR data base,, lists her inactivation date as December 15, 2014 and decommissioning date as November 13, 2015. I’ve seen inactivation covers dated December 11, 2014 but haven’t seen any covers with the decommissioning date. The ceremony is often held a day or two earlier than the official date so the difference in dates between the inactivation cover and the NVR data base doesn’t surprise or bother me at all. No new info yet on Dallas or Buffalo.
  • Tom Kean (15 May 2017 7:34pm EDT) : USS Hawaii 10th Anniversary covers with Groton pictorial cancels received back today with nice strikes.
  • Tom Kean (15 May 2017 4:47pm EDT) : John Young - spoke to soon. Subway actually came back with two offerings for the size sleeve I am looking for. Pricey, but they do have something. Thanks again for the suggestion. Always appreciated.
  • esink (15 May 2017 3:23pm EDT) : One of two covers sent for 5.2.17 USS ANZIO 25th Commissioning Anniversary returned today unprocessed with Richmond VA spray cancel dtd 13 MAY 17. Short note on stuffer card from LS2 Owens stated the ship is currently in maintenance for several years with post office shut down.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 May 2017 6:39pm EDT) : Neal - Thanks for the info. If you find any dates for the boats decom let us know. Thanks again.
  • Neal Mills (14 May 2017 3:47pm EDT) : Thad – USS Dallas left Groton late March headed to Bremerton for inactivation and decommissioning. You didn’t ask, but USS Buffalo left Pearl Harbor headed to Bremerton for inactivation and decommissioning. Don't think either boat has arrived at Bremerton. USS Norfolk is ‘probably’ decommissioned. Can’t find anything definite but did find the following on The site has a couple of pictures with the caption “The decommissioned NORFOLK at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on June 2, 2016. The submarine recently completed a year-long inactivation process at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. From there, she was towed by the USNS APACHE (T-ATF 172) via the Panama Canal to Point Loma, arriving there on May 18, 2016. From Point Loma, the NORFOLK will be towed to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., for scrapping.” Since she is under tow, vice her own power, I’m guessing she’s decommed.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 May 2017 11:41am EDT) : Info help please: - Checked Google on USS Dallas SSN 700 and USS Norfolk SSN 714 and got mixed info. When and where will USS DALLAS SSN 700 be decommissioned and USS NORFOLK SSN 714 - has it already been decommissioned? Info appreciated. Thanks.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 May 2017 2:10pm EDT) : Just happened to notice only "Kansas", "South Carolina" and "Wisconsin" are the only states that don't have current ships or future construction named after them. Even "DC" has a future SSN and of course "Arizona" will always be the memorialized name.
  • Tom Kean (12 May 2017 11:20am EDT) : Thanks John. They have everything except this size sleeves apparently - LOL. Appreciate the suggestion.
  • John Young (12 May 2017 7:19am EDT) : Well attended Jersey Chapter meeting
    with the return of Stew Milstein from the desert, our "Quarker" friends with
    cheese & crackers from the Keystone state

    Host Phil Schreiber provided coffee while Georg Eyerman brought usual sodas & goodies. They're good but not weightwatchers!

    Even Howard Tiffner made roll call after being AWOL after some years.

    Lots of Coast Guard & naval covers at 50 cents each or three for a dollar and one sales circuit where I found two covers- a STANLOS F.D.C for USS CUSHING & holiday cover posted
    aboard USS CHICAGO 22 FEB 1937

    Can anyone provide information on
    R.M. Sprague
  • John Young (12 May 2017 12:12am EDT) : Tom Kean: Try Subway Stamp Shop, Altoona PA as they have everything
  • Tom Kean (11 May 2017 9:50am EDT) : HELP! - good morning all. I have been looking for a supplier of cover sleeves measuring 4-3/4 X 10". These are slightly larger than the readily available 4-1/4 X 9-5/8" which serve for modern, regular business size covers. My supplier of the larger ones no longer carries them, and several sources they suggested also no longer carry them. These are good for 1st half 20th century larger, business envelopes used by foreign countries. Anyone have a suggestion for possible sources I can try? Thanks.
  • Tom Kean (11 May 2017 9:45am EDT) : Rich - Thanks for the LCS info and getting the USPS and Navy together in San Diego.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 May 2017 1:33am EDT) : Had two more messages from PCU Rafael Peralta with respect to USPS attending commissioning event in San Diego. A LTjg and a LCDR both responded and felt it was a great idea. Hopefully I have the PCU and the USPS on the right track. USPS San Diego were the ones who requested this. Both have been given each others contact info.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 May 2017 1:30am EDT) : For those who sent for LCS covers. It appears that they do not get mail by ship name, but by crews aboard. Check out this site and it will give you an idea of what I was talking about earlier. So, if you do not know the unit number and specific FPO zip, no covers will return.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 May 2017 1:25am EDT) : Messaging to PERALTA via Facebook...

    USPS San Diego post office would like to take part in the Commissioning Ceremony. Can you have the PAO contact me at and I can give the PAO the contact person in San Diego post office. Thanks, Rich Hoffner, Universal Ship Cancellation Society


    We will relay this information to our Commissioning Coordinator, who will be able to assist with this request. Not all decisions regarding the ceremony are actually up to the ship. Thank you for your interest!
  • esink (10 May 2017 1:55pm EDT) : Ships announced for NY Fleet Week:
  • Neal Mills (09 May 2017 10:44am EDT) : Thad, Elgin - Thank you for the responses. I've also sent cancellation requests to the LCS ships but never received a response, or the covers returned. Figured I'd see if anyone else had success. Guess I'll wait until someone cracks the code before trying again.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 May 2017 9:51am EDT) : Neal, I don't believe you will get covers from any LCS's. I have sent many, many, many times to ALL of them with NO returns. The LCS's have multiple crews and mail does not go directly to the ship if not sent to a specific person. The mail stays portside and dies. Even when deployed the mail does not get serviced unless sent to a specific crew member. I believe Rich Hoffner also mentioned this in an earlier post. Good luck in trying and let us know what you get.
  • Neal Mills (08 May 2017 8:04pm EDT) : esink - Thank you.
  • esink (08 May 2017 7:34pm EDT) : Neal: I have never seen a cancel from an LCS ship and believe they do not have postal facilities. They seem to be cancelled from the closest city where they are located.
  • Neal Mills (08 May 2017 6:21pm EDT) : Has anyone received covers back from an LCS-class ship?  Do they have their own post office?
  • Lbbrennsn (07 May 2017 10:04pm EDT) : checking in
  • esink (05 May 2017 2:10pm EDT) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS TRUXTON DDG-103 with corner card, no ship cachet and clear type ? cancel dtd APR 10, 2017. Ship cachet with previous cancels types were inserted inside the cover.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 May 2017 2:36pm EDT) : USCS member Leonhard Venne went to the Newport News VA post office last week for the Christening pictorial for the USS INDIANA. He was told they did not have a pictorial for the event. I sent queries to Newport News and Richmond VA asking what went wrong. Got this reply this afternoon from Eunice Payne:
    My apologies. Yes you submitted the request in a timely fashion and I admit I didn’t submit to the makers of the stamp until Friday the 28th. I should have it in Newport News on Tuesday, May 9.
    Mr. Hoffner -- if you need an extension after 30 days, I will have it here in Richmond and Bessie (Maupin) will send to me any request after the 30 days in Newport News, and I will postmark them here in Richmond for another 30 days. I hope this will provide a solution for any missing cancellations that were turned away during this delay.
  • esink (04 May 2017 2:08pm EDT) : Nicely processed FREE franks received today from USS HUE CITY CG-66 with corner card, ship cachet and clear type F? cancel dtd APR 22, 2017.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 May 2017 11:49am EDT) : guest_9639

    Sorry, that was me.
  • guest_9639 (02 May 2017 11:49am EDT) : We are all upset when our requests for cancels to the mail clerks are not handled properly. Poorly applied, covers not returning, covers that come back six months to several years later. Well, perhaps the Navy is about to make this work better, or perhaps worse?

    From an article in Navy Times about various Class A schools being revamped, and mention of Mail Clerks. Could be good or could be bad. We shall see.

    From NT: Currently in A school, all sailors training to be logistics specialists get postal clerk training before entering the fleet. But, “it turns out that most apprentice LS’s will not be a postal clerk for at least a couple of years in the fleet,” White said.

    “They spend their first couple years mastering their other duties in the rating before they’re assigned to this kind of work,” White said.

    That’s why the postal clerk training has been pushed out out into a block that sailors will receive after they’ve served in the fleet for a while. “We believe it is best if you defer that postal clerk training; and then deliver it after a couple years when they are ready to take on that responsibility,” White said.

    Deferring that block of training, which in this specific case lasts up to eight days, until later in a sailor’s first sea tour saves time and also ensures that knowledge is fresh and up to date when the sailors take on that duty, White said.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 May 2017 10:17pm EDT) : Sustaining fee Log arrived today's mail. Periodical rate Log came last Friday. This has been going on for years. How can Periodical class Log be delivered days before First Class mail?
  • Tom Kean (01 May 2017 7:44pm EDT) : Thanks Thad. At least my grandkids have a different collectible with premature-cancellation. Will hang on to them to keep with the 'real' thing when that happens. Appreciate the reply.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 May 2017 7:28pm EDT) : Tom - The pictorial from Olympia was to commemorate the commissioning since Olympia is the capital of Washington state but that was the old date. Washington will be commissioned on the east coast. The commissioning has been delayed because of builder issues and has yet to be rescheduled. Washington just had sea trials a few weeks back and all appears good but no new date for commission. Looks like they just cancelled your covers - nothing to do with the new commissioning though.
  • Tom Kean (01 May 2017 7:15pm EDT) : I just opened my LOG and saw that the USS Washington SSN-787 commissioning in the May EVENTS section says delayed. I probably missed an earlier exchange, but am now wondering if anyone can enlighten me as to why I got the commissioning day pictorial with a Jan 2 date? Sorry if I am asking something that may have already been batted around.
  • Tom Kean (01 May 2017 6:46pm EDT) : Received today: 1) the wandering two covers missing from the SASE I mentioned a couple days back from USNS 1st Lt Jack Lummus A-TAK-3011 cancelled in Guam but with an undated ship cancel also on the face); Jan 2 USS Washington commissioning day pictorial from Olympia, WA (4 months....); and the paper LOG for May.
  • John Young (01 May 2017 9:17am EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    Back from Norfolk & the Int'l Tattoo (bagpipe & band music) where we observed the NATO parade with floats, marching bands & boy scouts.
    Sorry, no covers. It was worth the trip for a bunch of seniors from the lower Hudson Valley that stayed on the beach in Virginia Beach. Even got
    to visit old Coast Guard Lifeboat Station that was used until 1970's

    Trip included a visit to Norfolk Navy
    Yard that is celebrating its 100th year in 2017 and lunch on a river cruise on the Elizabeth River that upped my sea time by 2.5 hours.

    Happy DEWEY DAY
  • esink (29 Apr 2017 6:04pm EDT) : Just returned from the Lancaster PA(LANCOPEX) show which had a nice variety of dealers including one with three huge tubs of covers which would have taken a couple of months to just scrape the surface. Found in the melee were some of Rich's ("H#") sponsored covers from the 70s and early 80s...
  • Tom Kean (29 Apr 2017 1:41pm EDT) : I received yesterday my SASE back from USNS 1st Lt Jack Lummus T-AK-3011 with an undated, ship cancel on the face and the stamp tied with a Guam cancel dated 24 Apr. The SASE was unsealed. I am hoping the two covers I sent for servicing wander in over the next couple days. Had about 4" of snow overnight. Thought we were through shoveling - but now I have an excuse to work on my collection.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Apr 2017 4:45pm EDT) : As an old fashioned collector, Sea Trials covers come in two flavors, usually at the whim of the cachet maker. Initial Sea Trial dates can be on the departure date or on the return date. Both fine with me. In "the good old days" sea trials came in bunches. Sometimes "A" trials, "B" trials etc. In the past few years, the builders and Navy do "super" trials and do everything during one sea trial. Of course there could be more if there was too big a "too do" list or major problems discovered during the initial sea trials. Then there are "Acceptance Trials" which include sea trials and dock trials, these take place over a day or two. The LCS ships call theirs Acceptance Trails.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Apr 2017 4:38pm EDT) : Oh, the HORST WESSEL (now CGC EAGLE) anniversary cover was relisted in eBay, without overseas shipping.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Apr 2017 4:35pm EDT) : Thad, I did not do chapter covers with the cancels from Dayton and Elgin AFB.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Apr 2017 4:33pm EDT) : Just a last minute reminder as I send my covers. Broward Navy Days - Fleet Week takes part starting May 2 in Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33310. I did not do a pictorial this year, as info was sketchy on what ships were attending. At the last minute, the Navy committed five ships. But shortly after, took four off the visit due to world conditions. So, there will be one Navy ship, USS New York, and two Coast Guard cutters. The Margaret Norvell and the Forward. I'll do a cachet on my covers when they return. Too late to get covers to the ships, even if you live there. One of our members does and has attended for years. He has hand carried covers and none ever return!
  • esink (28 Apr 2017 3:35pm EDT) : Hard copy PERIODICAL rate May LOG received in central PA...superb issue and great reading for the weekend.
  • Tom Kean (28 Apr 2017 12:22pm EDT) : Thanks Thad! I appreciate the help.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (28 Apr 2017 12:33am EDT) : Over 300 USCS eLOGs have been sent to members requesting the service.

    October is or 75th anniversary. I am accepting articles for the October issue of the LOG that focus on the early years of the USCS and/or the early leadership or founding members. What stories do you have?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Apr 2017 8:35pm EDT) : Tom - You may find that some of the USNS cargo type ships are not always active. They may move from "active" to "inactive". I have seen this with mostly T-AK and T-AG types.
  • Tom Kean (27 Apr 2017 7:18pm EDT) : Has anyone recently tried for covers from USNS 1st Lt Baldomero Lopez T-AK-3010? I got an April 5 request returned to me today with a "not deliverable" notice. Thanks.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Apr 2017 5:02pm EDT) : Covers received today, Wednesday - USS Mahan DDG 72 - April 19, 2017 - excellent strike. this was a resend to the ship, the first covers were over inked.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Apr 2017 9:57pm EDT) : Thanks Rich - Brenda Bodney CR from Dayton sent me that cacheted envelope also - very nice. Save me (2) two of the chapter covers if they are for sale. If you want to send them to me I will pay whatever they cost plus all postage. 290 Broadlawn Drive Elizabeth, PA. 15037. Thanks..
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Apr 2017 12:24am EDT) : Sent five covers for each Doolittle Raid cancels. Both back with terrific cancels applied. Clerk at Dayton OH post office apologized that several strikes were not perfect and sent me a cover with a cachet on it, done by a cachet maker by the name of DOCAERONUT. I'll scan the cover on our Facebook page.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Apr 2017 12:18am EDT) : Thad. I did get chapter covers done on ship for LDC of CVN65, cancels like those on the German blog. It was not an easy task. I checked with every source I could think of and finally asked a retired PCC to walk them through for me. They took awhile to return and until I had them in my hands, I thought it was a lost cause. Just finished printing them. On the German blog, and I think I mentioned this before, they also show a cover marked "Last Day Postal Service". Not sure how that date could be correct, as she officially had her LDPS some time ago.
  • Tom Kean (22 Apr 2017 5:06pm EDT) : Received Doolittle covers from Eglin AFB and Dayton this morning. Three of the four cancels were perfect and one from Eglin was slightly off, but certainly keepable. Great cancel designs!
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Apr 2017 2:03pm EDT) : We have removed your item as it was made available with shipping to Germany/Austria/Switzerland. Some WWII items cannot be shipped to this region, additionally those items may not be listed if found in breach of our Offensive Materials policy.
    We encourage you to list items that follow our policies, so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this information. Be sure that your current and future listings, including any items that are relisted automatically, follow these guidelines. If they don’t, they'll be removed and your fees may not be refunded. It could also result in additional actions, including loss of buying and selling privileges on eBay.
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    371924343578 - Horst Wessel 75th Original Commissioning Anniversary 2011 Cachet by Edwards

    We appreciate your understanding.

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Apr 2017 7:25pm EDT) : Covers received today (Friday) - USS GERALD R. FORD CVN 78 - Sea Trials - April 8, 2017 - nicely done. 70th Anniversary Doolittle Raid on Tokyo - Dayton - received. Brenda Bodey, Customer Relations - Dayton sent me a note saying she wasn't satisfied with the way she struck one of my covers and sent me a superb post office prepared multi-colored cachet and perfect cancel. These are surprises that make the other frustrations acceptable.
  • Neal Mills (20 Apr 2017 10:04pm EDT) : Great!
  • esink (20 Apr 2017 8:53pm EDT) : Neal: I was off one day...the sight said "returned from Builder's Sea Trials to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia on April 14 after seven days at sea". I guess I have a "first day" of sea trials cover...
  • Neal Mills (20 Apr 2017 6:09pm EDT) : Elgin, where did you see that Builder's Sea Trials for Ford began on April 7? Everything I've seen said trials were 8-14 April.
  • esink (20 Apr 2017 3:42pm EDT) : USS FORD covers cancelled APR 8, 2017 were received today originally sent to be processed during builder's sea trials. The trials were conducted APR 7 through extra markings denoting the trials were applied to the covers on the carrier, but ship cachet was included.
  • esink (20 Apr 2017 2:19pm EDT) : One of two PALMER ANTARCTIC STATION covers were received and cancelled APR 17, 2017 from Denver, Colorado; originally sent to Palmer in June 2016 with International Reply Coupons via Punta Arenas Chile address. Cover was affixed with American stamp and displays Palmer Station “tourist” cachet dtd FEB 22, 2017 and sticker on reverse side reads that mail is always sent to Denver from Palmer and postmarked there.
  • esink (20 Apr 2017 1:41pm EDT) : Thad and Rich: I too tried to get FPO covers from the ENTERPRISE for LDC but still no results...did get spray-overs from VA though; will try for replacements.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Apr 2017 10:20am EDT) : Rich - Thanks for the info - I too sent directly to ENTERPRISE for LDC several weeks before LDC but nothing happened. Sent covers to the PAO, Postal Officer and the COPE trying to cover all bases. Almost $6.00 tied up trying to get them but to no avail. I wonder how did those on the German blog get theirs posted on board ENTERPRISE for LDC.. I wonder.
    Thanks for the info on MORGENTHAU - covers going out today. Sharon Gregory in Norfolk said "no" to servicing covers after date of events and the same for Pascagoula, no back dating per PO rules even if only days after. I read about the events happening and send immediately and try for covers but no luck lately. Oh well.
    Groton has serviced excellent pictorial cancellations... thanks for the name Rich, I am going to send a thank you to him for doing such a good job.
  • esink (20 Apr 2017 6:48am EDT) : So not understood why the FORD has had an "operational" post office so long before it is even commissioned and the ZUMWALT was commissioned six months ago and the whole postal process is still not there.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Apr 2017 11:26pm EDT) : ANNAPOLIS cancels back. All good strikes by the clerk at Groton, Keith Winter.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Apr 2017 11:23pm EDT) : I am sure I mentioned this before. I sent to ENTERPRISE directly, two covers, perhaps two or three weeks before LDC. I wanted to see how such a request would be handled since I suspected the FPO address would not work. My two covers did come back, but they had the pictorial cancel from Newport News VA, not the ships cancel. Someone redirected my request. Did anyone else receive the same treatment? If you covers have not returned by now, as Thad suggested, you may never see them.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Apr 2017 11:18pm EDT) : Most recent scuttlebutt on USS ZUMWALT is that she will not get a post office aboard until she is operational. That will be at least a year and possibly longer. Also hear any covers aboard will or have been forwarded to the Postal Advisory in San Diego. That is a civilian position and could mean that the covers will be returned to the sender. We shall see.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Apr 2017 11:15pm EDT) : Thad. If you are referring to the MORGENTHAU in Honolulu, the contact I listed will do your covers within a reasonable time frame. I have not had that happen with Pascagoula or Norfolk, but I usually have the covers there close to the date by a few days.
  • Tom Kean (19 Apr 2017 7:06pm EDT) : Received 11 Apr 2017 25th anniversary Groton pictorial cancels for USS Annapolis on 18 Apr 2017. Cancels in super condition.
  • Don Tjossem (19 Apr 2017 12:38pm EDT) : April 19
    ? 1917—The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6.
    ? 1920—The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York. During World War I, U 111 sank three Allied merchant vessels that included the British steamer Boscastle on April 7, 1918. The submarine surrendered later that year.
    ? 1945—USS Buckley (DE 51) and USS Reuben James (DE 153) sink the German submarine U-879 southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    ? 1955—USS Albany (CA 123) and USS William Wood (DD 715) begin providing disaster relief to citizens of Volos, Greece, following a catastrophic earthquake.
    ? 1960—The Grumman A2F-1 “Intruder” makes its first flight. The Intruder receives the designation of A-6A in 1962, and upon entering service in 1963, becomes the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps principle all weather/night attack aircraft.
    ? 1997—USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is commissioned at Staten Island, New York. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is the second Navy ship named after the five Sullivan brothers who died when USS Juneau (CL 52) was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal Nov. 13, 1942.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Apr 2017 5:50pm EDT) : Rich - will they back date the covers if they are sent now and the LDC was today? I know when I asked for covers to be posted after an event at Norfolk and Pascagoula the answer was no and envelopes returned.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Apr 2017 5:43pm EDT) : Pictorial covers received today from Norfolk for the 35th Anniversary of USS Carl Vinson CVN 70 but unfortunately they are light, incomplete and non-collectible. It will cost another 49 cents to send them back and then who knows what will happen.
    Still waiting for USS Enterprise CVN 65 from the ship and Newport News for LDC as well as those for the commissioning of USS Zumwalt DDG 2000. I don't think I will ever see these covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Apr 2017 2:01pm EDT) : LDC of USCGC MORGANTHAU reported as today at Honolulu. No pictorial was requested but if you want to service your own covers, send to:

    Customer Services
    Attn: Cindy A. Nakagawa
    Retail Manager
    3600 Aolele St.,
    Honolulu HI 96820-9661
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (18 Apr 2017 11:00am EDT) : Postal Clerk training for LS

    MERIDIAN, Miss. (NNS) -- Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) Meridian's Logistics Specialist (LS) Course convened the first delivery under the new block learning construct, April 17, marking a major milestone in the transformation to Ready Relevant Learning (RRL).

    The first group of Sailors to participate in the new block learning construct are new accession logistics specialists who just completed recruit training. The new course, referred to as Block 0, focuses on the basics of afloat and aviation logistics, to include procurement and inventory management, as well as the documents and directives required to perform these tasks.

    The new curriculum removed the postal clerk portion of the training and shortened LS "A" school by seven training days, which ultimately gets Sailors to the fleet faster. LS Sailors on first operational tours who actually perform postal clerk duties will receive the postal clerk training, referred to as Block 1, no later than 24 months (in most cases) after arrival at their operational unit to align this specific training to the point of need - one of the major goals of RRL.

    Block learning is the first step in the RRL transformation to a lifelong learning continuum for these Sailors. Training will only be delivered to students who require it for the billet that they are going to fill, thereby minimizing the amount of time required to train to only that which is mission relevant and enhances fleet readiness.
  • Mel #11911 (18 Apr 2017 5:23am EDT) : Looking for a USS Lexington CV2 May 1942 cover to purchase ASAP. Can be Sailor mail. Or, Doolittle signed military oriented cover, or Gen. George Marshall cover. Contact at
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Apr 2017 6:12pm EDT) : Covers received today - all with excellent cancellations - USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 - April 6, 2017 new cancel, same as earlier cancel but now with smaller type; USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN 69 - April 11, 2017 new cancel but now with full name, Unit number, and FPO number, No hull number in cancel; USS Truxtun DDG 103 - March 27, 2017 new cancel but now without DDG 103 in cancel; USS Bataan LHD 5 - March 24, 2017. All cancels were excellent
  • Neal Mills (17 Apr 2017 4:37pm EDT) : They must be cleaning out the drawers. Saturday I received New Years Day covers from USS RONALD REAGAN and today received Christmas and New Years Day covers from USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER.
  • esink (17 Apr 2017 2:18pm EDT) : Superb JAPANESE ANTARCTIC covers sent out almost a year ago, and received today from the SYOWA STATION, the 58th JARE, and (assuming, based on hull number in cancel) the icebreaker SHIRASE (AGB-5003).
  • guest_5517 (17 Apr 2017 1:10pm EDT) : Great Cover of the Month.

    Rich Hoffner, thanks for the reminder. Need to find out about the covers the chapter does for donated cachets. See you at the May NJ Chapter meeting. Thanks for the consistent work you and Decatur Chapter do.

    Will check 1992 NY Fleet week. Think Larry Briend did covers. I remember 1991 fleet week since Georg Eyerman and I had a memorable reunion on the pier. Just after the First Gulf War.

    Good work on NY Fleet week covers and postmarks.

    Happy Easter. We have an entire Octave to celebrate.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Apr 2017 4:47pm EDT) : Decatur Chapter Automatic Cover Service: The chapter maintains a deposit service for those who want to receive our chapter covers on a regular basis against your deposit. If you are interested, you may send a deposit to start an account. Send the chapter a deposit of $30.00 and ten #10 self-addressed and stamped envelopes (S.A.S.E.). This will get you started. Just let us know what covers to send to you. The covers will be mailed three or four at a time, as available. Some collect all covers we do. Others just USCG, some just USN, others just submarines and still others have varied wants. You let us know what to send, and that’s what we will do. As covers are mailed, you will be kept informed of your balance and when to renew your deposit. You will also get a copy of the most recent chapter “Newseyletter”, with naval tidbits of news, personal notes, scuttlebutt and opinions, not necessarily in that order. Send to and make checks payable to: Rich Hoffner, 415 Moyer Rd., Souderton, PA 18964.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Apr 2017 4:47pm EDT) : Happy Easter to all. Elgin, thanks.
  • esink (16 Apr 2017 10:19am EDT) : Rich: Found on the web as starters, USS L. Y. SPEAR and USS JFK...will keep checking.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2017 9:34pm EDT) : Anyone have any naval covers from Fleet Week NYC 1992? I'm looking for list of ships in attendance.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2017 9:33pm EDT) : Navy attendance at Fleet Week NYC is uncertain, with some Navy types worrying about sequestration and where the next dollar is coming from. A pictorial is in the works, a generic design without ships name in the postmark. A DDG will be featured in the cancel for Staten Island NY. Probably should have just left the ship out altogether. Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler with his help on the cancel design.
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Apr 2017 2:23pm EDT) : Broward Navy Days, Inc. was informed on April 12 that the U.S. Navy has been forced to reassign four ships originally planned to visit Port Everglades during Fleet Week 2017. The destroyer, two cruisers and submarine have been cancelled due to the global security situation and fiscal constraints. Broward Navy Days, Inc. supports this decision because our military's foremost mission is to keep our nation safe and secure. All tours aboard those ships were forced to be cancelled and, unfortunately, the remaining ships cannot increase capacity. We regret the situation and offer our apologies for any inconvenience.

    USCS member Alan Fisher believes that only the USS New York LPD 21 will be at Port Everglades this year in addition to the announced Coast Guard and Marine Corps assets.
  • Tom Steiner (12 Apr 2017 10:13pm EDT) : esink - here is my e-mail
  • Tom Kean (12 Apr 2017 5:45pm EDT) : John Young - thanks for looking John! Glad to know there were some out there! I'll contact you by email for more info. Appreciate the info, as always.
  • esink (12 Apr 2017 5:14pm EDT) : Tom Steiner: I have an additional Apollo 13 item which might be of interest if you can provide your email address...
  • Tom Steiner (12 Apr 2017 2:05pm EDT) : esink. Thank you for finding the books and checking them for me. The reference to Peter Wilhelm - yes, Peter's catalog mentions the foreign ships and actually shows a portion of a cover for the RFA Tartatness for the recovery. They are also mentioned on a recovery ship website by Ross Smith which includes a link to Peter Wilhelm's Tartatness image ( and the ships mentioned on this webpage ( They were added to the recovery fleet during the mission after the explosion in space and uncertainty about where/how the Earth re-entry would take place.
  • esink (11 Apr 2017 7:55pm EDT) : Tom Steiner: I DID locate my copies of Schultz's (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo) books and could find no mention in any of them about foreign ships of any kind including British and German ships. Try David S. Ball, author of "American Astrophilately: The First 50 Years" (ISBN 978-0-615-34201-6) written in very fine book about all the space events. BTW, a quick review of my copy of that book found nothing about foreign ships either, except Philatelic Resources in the back list German books written by Peter Wilhelm. Good Luck on your research!
  • John Young (11 Apr 2017 4:51pm EDT) : #2 printed & tinted MASSACHUSETTS
    with 3LK/ 175th ANNv USCG

    #3 printed CG emblem & SL/ 175th ANNV
  • John Young (11 Apr 2017 4:48pm EDT) : Tom Kean: When I into old Coast Guard exhibit- found 3 cacheted post cards (UX 52) canceled 4 AUG 1965
    #1 printed Artcraft depicts Cutter MASSACHUSETTS (1791) & CG 95304
  • Tom Steiner (10 Apr 2017 10:13pm EDT) : Rich Hoffner. Thanks for your reply ..... interestingly ..... the ATA's Space Unit members suggested contacting members of the USCS!!!!!!!
  • RIch Hoffner (10 Apr 2017 8:13pm EDT) : Tom Steiner. Dan Lewendowski and Don Schultz printed books with data for all missions (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo). One was for Apollo. I have no idea where mine are, but I suspect they are among items I packed when moving ten years ago. But, I do not recall if they listed ships of other nations. Perhaps someone else has these publications and could check for you. As for covers, perhaps member and cover dealer Sean Marsar could answer that question. Or try members who also belong to ATA's Space Study Unit.
  • Tom Kean (10 Apr 2017 8:12pm EDT) : Does anyone have any Coast Guard or Navy covers made with the 175th Coast Guard Anniversary postcard? It was issued 4 Aug 1965 and is Scott UX52. I posted an FDC of this postcard on FB/USCS to see if anyone had one, but haven't had a nibble yet. Thanks.
  • RIch Hoffner (10 Apr 2017 8:08pm EDT) : Broward Navy Days, Ft. Lauderdale FL begins May 2. No pictorial was submitted.

    Amphibious Transport Dock - USS New York
    Destroyer - USS Nitze
    Cruisers - USS San Jacinto and USS Monterey
    Nuclear Submarine - To Be Announced
    Cutters - USCGC Forward and USCGC Margaret Norvell
  • esink (10 Apr 2017 6:46am EDT) : Thad: My covers have been out to the FORD since late February because I thought the trials were going off in March...
  • Tom Steiner (09 Apr 2017 11:50pm EDT) : During the Apollo 13 mission abort there were a number of British ships that joined the recovery mission .... does anyone have any idea on who to contact about looking for April 1970 covers from the following ships:

    HMS Nubian F-131
    HMS Phoebe F-42
    HMS Vidal A-200
    HMS Hermione F-58
    HMS Rothesay F-107
    RFA Tarbatness A-345
    RFA TideFlow A-97

    MS Cap Blanco German Freighter
    MS Cap Vilano German Freighter
    Libanon German Freighter

    Thanks for your thoughts
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Apr 2017 11:56am EDT) : Just read that USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 had builders sea trials, Saturday, April 8, 2017. I had covers aboard and asked them to be cancelled on sea trials - hope they serviced them. Also, USS Paul Ignatius DDG 117 was christened at Pascaqoula, MS on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Had covers at Pascaqoula post office - hope they serviced them too. I know they both as PCU's but I still use USS. Let you know what happens.
    USS Carl Vinson CVN 70 cut short port visit to Australia and is heading to Korea - send covers to the battle group.
  • esink (07 Apr 2017 8:29pm EDT) : Here's a good summary seen for the first time about last night's attacks on Syria:
  • Tom Kean (07 Apr 2017 5:07pm EDT) : Got my Carl Vinson CVN-70 covers for the 35th anniversary back. They also had great strikes as reported earlier. Maybe they had a good size number of these covers to service as Mike Brock posted his on FB/USCS on the 20th (7 days post the anniversary) and the other have been trickling in since. Happy however it happened.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (07 Apr 2017 4:55pm EDT) : Save your money if thinking on sending covers to USS Porter DDG 78. I have been sending to the ship for the last 2 1/2 years on and off - to the COPE, PAO and Postal Officer no response ever. The USS Ross DDG 71 has been hot and cold on cover returns. Since Ross has been at Rota the response has been better though.

    Trump didn't need approval from Congress to strike Syria
    Alex Lockie

    US President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airfield, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. REUTERS
    Lawmakers slammed President Donald Trump for not seeking congressional approval before his strike on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military infrastructure on Thursday night, and while he could use their support — he didn't need it.
    Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called the move an "ill-thought out military action" that "exposes the immoral hypocrisy of this administration's policy in the Middle East," in a statement.
    In 2011 former President Barack Obama did not seek Congress' approval to carry out a strike on Libya's Mummar Qaddafi.
    Later, in 2016, Obama did not seek Congress' approval to strike Houthi-controlled radar sites in Yemen after the Houthis had targeted US Navy ships with anti-ship guided missiles.
    "The law as to declaration of war is very clear in the constitution," Lawrence Brennan, a former US Navy captain and expert on maritime law, told Business Insider. "Having said that," he added, the constitutional law on declaring war "has not been followed since World War II."
    The War Powers Resolution, passed in 1973 over then-President Richard Nixon's veto, enshrined Congress' right to approve or reject military action that lasts longer than 60 days. For now, the Trump administration has given every indication that the strike was limited, and a one-off.
    Speaking about the cruise missile strike at a briefing late on Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "I would not in any way attempt to extrapolate that [the strike] to a change in our policy or posture relative to our military activities in Syria today. There has been no change in that status.”

    U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea which U.S. Defense Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. Ford Williams/Courtesy U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS
    However, "at the end of the game, Congress controls the budget. They can do what Congress did with Ford at the end of the Vietnam war — cut off the funding," said Brennan.
    So while Trump acted within the legal and practical norms of the presidency with his unilateral strike on Syria, congressional authorization for limited strikes is " lawfully not required, but practically, often a good thing," according to Brennan.
  • esink (07 Apr 2017 3:18pm EDT) : Also received my 35th Anniversary covers postmarked on USS CARL VINSON today with nice strikes.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Apr 2017 11:21pm EDT) : Great cover and short story as Cover of the Month by Steve Shay about USS Henderson. Nice marking from PanAm.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Apr 2017 11:19pm EDT) : I am still waiting for my CVN65 covers from the Newport News post office. Two covers that I sent to ENTERPRISE at her FPO address, came back but with the Newport News post office pictorial, not the ships cancels. I sent them late, as a test to see what would happen. I have heard that some had received their covers back, returned by the USS Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln apparently served as Directory Service for the crew of 65 after decommissioning.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Apr 2017 11:12pm EDT) : On the USCG luncheon, the talk was about the Coasties in WW I. While there was a jumper and "flat hat" the differences were drastic from later Coast Guard uniforms. Ratings, patches, etc. nothing like the uniform of WW II or later years.
  • Neal Mills (06 Apr 2017 7:24pm EDT) : Thad - my Enterprise covers from Norfolk came back about 10 days ago but nothing from the ship.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Apr 2017 6:34pm EDT) : Ditto on the covers back from USS Carl Vinson for the 35th Anniversary - Excellent strikes - March 13, 2017. No covers from Norfolk on CV 35th yet.
    Still no covers for CVN 65 decommission from ship or Newport News either.
  • Neal Mills (06 Apr 2017 4:30pm EDT) : My 35th anniversary cover postmarked onboard USS CARL VINSON came back today. Still waiting on the Norfolk pictorial cancellations.
  • Tom Kean (05 Apr 2017 9:29pm EDT) : Thanks Rich. I am sure the 'other' clerk did the same. Thanks for the laugh. Didn't know you were a part-time PM. No wonder you understand their systems so well.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Apr 2017 2:15pm EDT) : Had lunch today with an unorganized Coast Guard Veterans Group that meets twice a year here in Franconia for lunch. First time I attended. What a great crew. Mostly 60's to 90's age. All had sea stories to share. Next time they meet I promised to bring a USCG cover for each attendee. Who knows, I might find a collector among the group? One attendee gave a history of USCG in WW II mentioning the cutters who served in the Squadron in the Med. He was dressed in a WW I USCG enlisted uniform. No shield on his sleeve as that did not appear until 1922.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Apr 2017 2:08pm EDT) : Thad. Interesting that I was able to track down the chapter covers for the T-F and four bar cancels from CVN 65, but the pictorial from Newport News post office is still MIA.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Apr 2017 2:07pm EDT) : Tom K: When I worked as a part time postmaster, I would tell customers who handed back mail that was not theirs, that the other clerk must have put that in your box!

    This new notice of mail via email is erratic. Usually shows pics of mail delivered many hours before my mail arrives. Most days only shows four or five pieces and I find much more. Some days no notice comes but I do have mail.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Apr 2017 2:02pm EDT) : Broward Navy Days is coming up. No pictorial this year as I didn't see the date until it was too late to do a pictorial. You could either write the Navy ships involved or send to PM of Ft. Lauderdale FL post office for hand cancels. Navy: USS New York, USS Nitze, USS San Jacinto and a nuke sub which remains unnamed at this time. Coast Guard: USCGC Forward and USCGC Margaret Norvell. Ships open for registered visitors on May 2.
  • Tom Kean (04 Apr 2017 6:09pm EDT) : Rich - I haven't used the Informed Delivery system with pics, but have been getting daily email notices when new mail is in my PO box. Is that part of the same system? It's usually is pretty accurate and saves me a run to the post office. Once in awhile though I get a notice and there is nothing there. Not sure how good the connection between the automated system and the person stuffing the boxes - I have visions of my mail being in a box adjacent to mine.
  • Tom Kean (04 Apr 2017 6:02pm EDT) : Paper version of the April LOG arrived yesterday and already enjoying it! Thanks.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Apr 2017 8:34pm EDT) : Rich - I mentioned that the JPJ cancel would probably clog up quickly with ink because of the extremely small lettering in the cancel. I was luckily enough to get mine back okay. I did not notice the AP error in the cancel. I will pull it back out and check it. I hope my CVN 65 FPO's come back too.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Apr 2017 6:27pm EDT) : Anyone take part in USPS Informed Delivery (Informed Delivery Daily Digest)? Not sure how I signed up, but it delivers pics of you mail that will arrive that day. It is sporadic and not all pieces show each day. I knew the USPS was taking pictures of packages for several years, but didn't know it extended to letter mail. Big Brother is watching! Question is why? Will they sell this information? Have they done so already?
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Apr 2017 4:06pm EDT) : Thad, I got a strike of the JPJ four bar. It was so over-inked (very wet pad) that it is uncollectable so I will resend. Did you notice the error in the cancel? AP appears twice in the dial.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Apr 2017 4:01pm EDT) : My Jefferson City also came in, but cancels were lightly struck. Anyone want to donate a stamp pad to them? It appears that their pad needs to be re-inked.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Apr 2017 3:59pm EDT) : Our chapter covers for CVN 65 with ships 2 and 9 cancels came in (old school catalog buff). I had figured they made it into someone's circular file. Thank you Davy Jones for your intervention.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Apr 2017 3:53pm EDT) : Periodical rate Log arrived Saturday (Peggy's copy). First Class in envelope arrived in today's mail (my copy). Something is going wrong with the method of dispatching these two different classes of mail at the Toledo OH entry point. Sustaining fee should give members a perk of getting the Log in a timely manner. This is not the first time this has happened where the periodical class mail gets here before the First Class Log. It has been going on since we started mailing the Log in Toledo. Perhaps the envelope or the label needs to specify FIRST CLASS? The postage meter from does say First Class, but that does not seem to help.
  • guest_8721 (03 Apr 2017 3:44pm EDT) : Norman Y, there is no clear cut way to determine the value of naval covers with cachets. Many covers are pretty common from the 1930's. Cachets that are hand drawn and hand painted may command a premium. Others might only bring a buck apiece. Some may be valued higher, if submarines, aircraft carriers and battleships. Those prices could range from 2.50 to 8.00. Actually the best way to see what sellers get for these items would be to surf through eBay for naval covers and see what some have sold for. Ship cancels dated 1908 could bring 50.00 to 100.00 or more, depending on the ship and scarcity. Hope this helps.
  • John Young (03 Apr 2017 2:05pm EDT) : Thad W>K>
    Thanks for your duplicate POLAR STAR DF 2017, as it arrived in today's mail. IOU one!
  • guest_458 (03 Apr 2017 10:41am EDT) : Lbbrennan I have about 100 to 150 envelopes with different caches how do I determine for her if there is any value. Norman
  • Lbbrennan (03 Apr 2017 5:24am EDT) : Norman. Sorry. I misread the names in your posting. Larry
  • Lbbrennan (03 Apr 2017 5:23am EDT) : Richard the covers from HMS DRAGON are fairly common. USCS estate and heirs director Stewart Milstein may be able to assist
  • guest_5791 (02 Apr 2017 11:59pm EDT) : I have many naval envelopes with caches on them. I am trying to find out if they have value for a friend of mind. I have envelope in front of me, that Has a cache on the left side of the envelope. It is in one color red. I believe it to stands for a ship's bell or the liberty bell. the top says Welcome the center of the bell has I believe a outline of a Dragon. Below the bell is H.M.S. Dragon. left of the bell is Phila. and to the right is Penna. The postmark is Philadelphia Oct.13 1934. on the back of the envelope has your emblem. above the stamp is Member no.27, and below is Richard H. Green. I can be reached by e-mail at My full name is Norman yermish and I live in Delray beach, fl 33446. Thanks for any and all assistance.
  • John Young (02 Apr 2017 11:26am EDT) : Ahoy Mr. President
    Hard copy of April Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley in yesterday's mail & we
    are looking forward to Tuesday's New
    Jersey Chapter meeting.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (01 Apr 2017 4:02pm EDT) : Received back today pictorial cancels from Norfolk for USS Jefferson City 25th Anniversary. Cancels were pretty good, but inking on the portion with the ship name was very light. Need a magnifying glass to read it (if you didn't already know from hull number).
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Mar 2017 3:13pm EDT) : I separated out all the aol addresses and resent the eLOG.

    So far, I can't see any kickbacks yet.

    Any .AOL members no get an eLOG?
  • Mike Meister (30 Mar 2017 2:00pm EDT) : Paper Log arrived in Columbus today.
  • esink (30 Mar 2017 1:43pm EDT) : USS ARIZONA (100th Anniversary-Brooklyn) Replacement covers received today in great shape from USPS Fulfillment Services in Kansas City.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Mar 2017 8:58pm EDT) : April eLOGs have been sent to members.

    However, I have a large number of rejects from members who have .aol

    Trying to figure why .aol is blocking the eLOG
  • John Germann (29 Mar 2017 4:02pm EDT) : Steve: Thanks so much. I'll pursue it. Best......John G.
  • Steve Shay (29 Mar 2017 12:23am EDT) : John, you need the Censor Marking book by Randy Kimes.
  • Neal Mills (28 Mar 2017 12:52pm EDT) : Elgin - Haven't yet received anniversary covers from Vinson or Norfolk.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Mar 2017 10:07am EDT) : Elgin - Did not receive the anniversary covers from the USS Carl Vinson (FPO) or Norfolk as of yet.
  • John Germann (28 Mar 2017 9:58am EDT) : Am hoping that someone "out there" can help me. I recently have gotten interested in WWI naval covers. Occasionally I see an otherwise unidentified ship pinpointed by the censor marking. Apparently there's a source which matches censor marking/numbers to certain ships during the war. Does anyone know what that source is? Appreciate any help here.
  • esink (27 Mar 2017 10:50pm EDT) : Has anybody received 35th Anniversary (3.13.17) FPO covers from the USS CARL VINSON yet?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Mar 2017 5:29pm EDT) : I received a "Return to Sender" today processed through the Navy Regional Mail Center, San Diego for the USS Cowpens CG 63. I sent it July 13, 2016. Cowpens may be in the Yard and not accepting mail.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Mar 2017 11:13am EDT) : Any word on the new commissioning date for Washington SSN 787?
  • esink (23 Mar 2017 9:15pm EDT) : I am guest_6478...
  • guest_6478 (23 Mar 2017 9:13pm EDT) : Thanks for the USS ARIZONA info, two covers are going back tomorrow.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Mar 2017 10:30am EDT) : Rich - as usual thanks for all the update. Now I wish I didn't throw away the poorly struck covers from USS Arizona - Brooklyn. I just thought it was a lost cause. Thanks again.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Mar 2017 9:29pm EDT) : Geed news from "The Caves". Contacted them about the bad cancels that I returned to Brooklyn NY for the 100th Anniversary of USS ARIZONA. The retail specialist there went off the air after promising to replace the 50 terrible strikes they originally sent me. I have been sending emails to her with no return messages. Last week I sent her an email suggesting she contact "The Caves" and ask them to do the cancels for her. No response from that message either. So, I contacted Kansas City myself and they called her and made arrangements to have my covers express mailed to K.C. where they will take care of the replacement covers. If you have bad cancels for ARIZONA, this is your chance to get them replaced. Send your bad cancels to them for replacement. Send your envelopes without stamps and your bad cancels.

    Send covers to:

    Stamp Fulfillment Services, USPS
    Manager, Cancellation Services
    Attn: Cynthia Weigel
    8300 Underground Dr., Pillar 210
    Kansas City, MO 64144-0001

    Be sure to spell out that you need replacement covers for the USS ARIZONA pictorial from Brooklyn NY dated 10-16-16.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Mar 2017 9:17pm EDT) : Also I did see the CVN 65 four bar cancel for LDC on the German U S Navy ships blog.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Mar 2017 9:15pm EDT) : Thad. My error. Strike Norfolk, it was Newport News, not Norfolk. I was promised covers with ships regular cancel and they are still not back from the LSC. I sent fifty for the chapter months ago so I will keep my fingers crossed.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Mar 2017 9:12pm EDT) : Thad. Covers were sent back to collectors from 65 with a T-F about 2 weeks ago. I posted one on the USCS Facebook page. I sent them to a legacy PCC now LSC and he serviced them. I think most covers sent to ship via FPO address may have been sent to Norfolk post office, as two I sent to FPO address came back from Norfolk not the ship.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Mar 2017 4:19pm EDT) : Covers received today (Tuesday( - USS Harry S. Truman CVN 75 - Excellent cancel as always. The USS John Paul Jones DDG 53 must have a new COPE because covers from past mailings arrived with mixed results. Covers were posted Feb 3, 2017 with some very clear and others non-collectible. The cancel has tiny wording with ships name, zip code and Unit number all in the cancel. The cancel fills up with ink easily.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Mar 2017 10:09pm EDT) : Thanks for the reply Elgin and Neal.
  • Neal Mills (20 Mar 2017 2:13pm EDT) : Thad - Haven't received mine either.
  • esink (20 Mar 2017 2:07pm EDT) : not me, Thad...neither received, not even the one from Norfolk.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Mar 2017 10:37am EDT) : Has anyone received LDC covers from USS Enterprise CVN 65? I do know covers were posted aboard for LDC using the ships cancel and there was to be a special pictorial aboard ship (not the Norfolk pictorial). Has anyone receive either of the cancels actually aboard Enterprise?
  • lbbrennan (17 Mar 2017 4:20pm EDT) : BMCM, President elect. Let me see what I can get you for this summer. Best, Larry
  • lbbrennan (17 Mar 2017 4:19pm EDT) : Carney Begins Third Rotational Patrol in U.S. 6th Fleet
    03/17/2017 08:40 AM CET

    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, March 15, to begin the ship’s third forward deployed patrol in support of U.S. commitments to our allies and partners in the region.

    Happy St. Patrick's day Inspector Young and all.
  • John Young (17 Mar 2017 4:46am EDT) : A Top of the Morning to you all, on this cold frigid St. Patrick's Day in the lower Hudson Valley!

    Worked too many St. Patrick's Day parades on Fifth Avenue, especially if the wind is coming from the west.

    An early morning doctor's appointment, then the parade on T.V.
    after a Irish breakfast (bunch) at the Muddy Creek.

    A New England Boiled Dinner- Corned Beef, cabbage, carrots, red potatoes & one small onion

    Town busy clearing Central Avenue & Middletown Road for Sunday's parade in Pearl River (second largest in the state)
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Mar 2017 10:32pm EDT) : Should have said Navy cancelled trip to Galveston....
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Mar 2017 10:31pm EDT) : Nay cancelled trip to Galveston as too expensive. No date released yet for Inactivation but most likely will be in Groton. Galveston was pushed by politicians and NLUS but the idea did not catch on very well with Navy. A postmark was submitted, but I sent a letter withdrawing the pictorial to the Galveston Postmaster.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Mar 2017 10:28pm EDT) : Correction to news about DOOLITTLE RAID postmarks:

    My error. Cancels were designed by Philip S. Dockter of Glendale, CA not Stephen Stein. Sorry!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Mar 2017 8:44pm EDT) : Can anyone confirm inactivation of USS Dallas SSN 700 - April 9, 207 at Galveston, TX?
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Mar 2017 4:12pm EDT) : WOW, looks like I just missed a last minute pictorial for the Doolittle Raid for the April Log. May Log will have to do as there is always a 30 day extension. Final designs were just approved and submitted to the PB. Designer is a non-member, Stephen Stein. Cancels showing B-25. Cachets showing USS Hornet CV-8 seems appropriate.

    Date of the two pictorials is: 18 Apr 2017.

    Postmaster: Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 75th Anniversary Station, Postmaster, 1111 East 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45401-9998;

    Postmaster: Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 75th Anniversary Station, Postmaster, 307 Van Matre Avenue, Eglin AFB, FL 32542-9998.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (16 Mar 2017 3:42pm EDT) : April LOG proof has been approved-printing now.

    I need more articles for May and June
  • Tom Kean (Member) (16 Mar 2017 11:56am EDT) : Does anyone have a mailing address for the commissioning of USCGC Munro WMSL-755? The LOG showed a Smith Cove Terminal in Seattle, but I can't connect that to an PO for cover cancels. Thanks. Happy St. Patrick's day tomorrow.
  • esink (15 Mar 2017 4:20pm EDT) : ...Also, Rich, 35th Anniversary of VINSON commissioning was March 13 so maybe many of us had covers on board already.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Mar 2017 3:42pm EDT) : Interesting news from USNI. USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is transiting the East China Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Murasame-class destroyer JS Samidare (DD-106) on March 9, 2017. The American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is set to arrive in South Korea today to join in joint exercises with the Republic of Korea armed forces, U.S. officials told USNI News on Tuesday. The carrier and its strike group will be part of the bilateral Operation Foal Eagle and Key Resolve 2017 exercise series that train for potential conflict with North Korea? Perhaps covers will come back during her transit of the South China Sea?
  • esink (13 Mar 2017 9:26pm EDT) : When the USS KITTY HAWK arrived at the Philadelphia Naval Base in the late 80s for a 3-year SLEP, the postal clerk ended up in an office in Building 6 (COMNAVBASE) where I was working. I struck up a conversation with him and he did some nice covers for me from the carrier.
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Mar 2017 4:57pm EDT) : On Jagyi's name on the reverse of covers that are not his cachets, I will be listing an example of one for the USCS as patchesnaval on eBay this afternoon. Cachet was printed by Zoobay for NCS, partial design by M Fay Muridge. Reverse with rs of Jagyi. Cover is Launch of BOSTON CA-69 at Boston in 1942.
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Mar 2017 4:52pm EDT) : Neal, I think Thad hit the nail on the head. I have been in the Norfolk Naval Yard (not NPN yard) but it is interesting to see carriers with nearly no crew. Crews are on a "barge", well not really, but they say that. Offices for various departments move to various offices around the base. I suspect the Supply Department has a lot of work to do during these yard periods, and like Thad said, covers are not a priority at all.
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Mar 2017 4:46pm EDT) : Hummmmmm...... Watching Weather Channel Local Now on my new set-up with Direct TV Now and my Amazon Firestick. It is proof you can teach an old dog new tricks.

    If I got it right, it will snow tomorrow! So I brought the snow blower from the barn to the porch, along with 50 lbs of some type of "friendly" salt type melter. Am I ready? Not till it is all down which will take nearly a day and a half. In the middle of the snowfall, locally we are told to expect 1 1/2" of sleet, then returning to heavy snow. Accumulation, could be 14" to 18". I am not complaining since we have possibly been short changed here. Maine may get 18" to 24". To add to the misery, 30 to 50 MPH winds are expected. I get winds like that without a storm, as the winds through my property come across a corn field any time the winds pick up a little. The sleet will also bring an unwanted side issue. Trees and wires will come down. Not looking forward to a power outage but it is possible. Another down side is the possibility of no mail for two days or more. Drat!
  • David Lorms #12402 (12 Mar 2017 5:28pm EDT) : I am putting together a gift for a fellow sub sailor in honor of his induction to the Holland Club. Looking for a cover...keel laying, launch or commissioning of the USS Baya (AGSS 314)
    Pls contact me at subvet0046@ if you can help. Thanks
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Mar 2017 10:47am EDT) : Neal - I haven't received anything either but she is undergoing work. I remember recently when USS TR was undergoing yard work I didn't receive covers back for 6-8 months or more and then they all arrived. Maybe this will be the case with USS GW. Covers might not be a priority. Let us know when they do arrive.
  • Neal Mills (11 Mar 2017 9:59pm EST) : Has anyone received covers back from USS GEORGE WASHINGTON in the past 3-4 months? I haven't received anything back since the crew swap.
  • esink (11 Mar 2017 8:22pm EST) : Thanks for the membership info, Rich; 'have always appreciated your chapter covers received at Decatur Meetings and the periodic one sent with the "Newseyletter" when announcing upcoming chapter meetings.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (11 Mar 2017 6:18pm EST) : Received my Enterprise decommissioning pictorial covers from Newport News back today. One cover is somewhat lightly cancelled and when the cancel meets the stamp the ink blurs completely. The cancel is inked pretty well and doesn't have the blurring problem. But my beef with it is that both cancels set the device to cancel 80% of the way across the stamp. Would be nice if we could get cancels that went 20% into the stamp - but I guess that's asking a lot. Grateful to have them anyway.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (11 Mar 2017 6:14pm EST) : Not sure why I am guest_2948 all of sudden........ Maybe my old hull has been redesignated.......
  • guest_2948 (11 Mar 2017 6:13pm EST) : Great idea to send covers Rich - as a way of welcoming new folks. Back in the mid-70s, I joined the Pacific Islands Study Circle of Great Britain and within a couple weeks, I received a single cover each from several members. It got my attention and opened up some immediate connections for me. Well done!
  • guest_2948 (11 Mar 2017 6:11pm EST) : Rich - thanks for your 1:27 pm EST of 3/11. I was about to send Greg an inquiry about a cachet I too saw in the Museum that Jagyi had signed on the reverse. The cachet itself is unsigned, so I have been trying to figure out who did it. Anyway, this is helpful and timely. Thanks.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Mar 2017 4:21pm EST) : Retention in something we need to work on. My first step along this route is to welcome aboard each new member. I send a couple of chapter covers with a welcoming letter to each new member. Lately I have also included a Welcome Aboard from DDG-31 until they run out. I believe that this step in welcoming a new member instills good thoughts about us. I could be wrong, but back in the 60's Ray St. John sent me a couple of covers welcoming me aboard. I have been aboard over 50 years, so it must work! Check each issue of your log and welcome someone (or all) aboard and offer to assist with whatever questions they my have.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Mar 2017 4:13pm EST) : Several have responded to the Decatur Chapter checking account problems. One suggestion is to file for an IRS EIN. Then check with banks and CU's to see where I can get the most frugal business checking account. Thank you for the suggestions. Will be working on this next week.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Mar 2017 1:27pm EST) : My nexus of finding the USCS was through Our Navy Magazine and the column by Des Jagyi. I also sent him some covers to service. Visiting his page in the naval Cover Museum, I would suggest that most of the covers attributed to him, were not his cachets. Many are simply annotated on the reverse of covers as his way of documenting that he serviced the cover, not the cachet. Many are easily identifiable as a different cachet maker.

    Much work on this issue is necessary in the NCM as many covers with markings on the reverse are erroneously attributed to the wrong person.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Mar 2017 1:16pm EST) : Not sure why 000 appears after initials FLK
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Mar 2017 1:15pm EST) : Elgin. Found your hard copy membership file card. Indeed Desmond Jagyi was your recruiter as was mine. You joined in June 1966 and lived in Wellsboro PA. Address change to Mt. Joy PA put you in the neighborhood of one FLK000 at the time?
  • lbbrennan (10 Mar 2017 1:56pm EST) : quiet time. Checking in. Need to do a few more articles. Next MOM should be Admiral Kemp Tolly, a USCS member
  • esink (06 Mar 2017 2:06pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS COLE DDG-67 with unique corner card showing UNIT, CLERK NAME, DATE RECD 20 FEB 17 and DATE FWD 27 FEB 17, nice ship cachet and clear type ? cancel (without unit) dtd FEB 27, 2017.
  • esink (03 Mar 2017 8:32pm EST) : Did anybody happen to have covers on board the carrier FORD yesterday for President Trump's visit?
  • guest_4680 (01 Mar 2017 9:00am EST) : GETLEMEN, I have aout. 3,000 naval/space covers . I would like to sell them . How to do it is the prolem . What do you sugest?

    I possile contact me by phone or any other meathod you sugest . My phone # 787-722-8742 or 787-507-6012

    Thank you Arthur Medina
  • esink (28 Feb 2017 8:46pm EST) : Super articles in March eLog, Richard...
  • Neal Mills (28 Feb 2017 1:49pm EST) : Master Chief -- The March eLog has arrived. Another great issue! Thank you for everything you do for USCS.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (28 Feb 2017 12:33pm EST) : 300+ March eLOGS have been sent. Paper copies are in the mail.

    Also sending file for the 2016 Log Index.

    Please use it to see if there are areas of our hobby that need additional stories/coverage. If you find a topic, please develop a story. Always need new research and topic coverage.

    Index will also be posted on the web site with the other resources.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Feb 2017 10:29am EST) : Just read on the German blog that the USS Albuquerque SSN 706 was decommissioned 2-27-2017 at Keyport, WA.
  • esink (25 Feb 2017 11:53pm EST) : Tom/Thanks for that link...Now I remember that letter but had forgotten about scanning it to the museum...
  • Tom Kean (Member) (25 Feb 2017 10:50pm EST) : Just sent the link it to your Facebook account via Messenger. If you don't get it that way, send me an email and I will email it to you. Thanks.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (25 Feb 2017 10:38pm EST) : Thanks Elgin. I will send you the link in FB Messenger
  • esink (25 Feb 2017 9:40pm EST) : Tom/I have several of Jagyi's covers but nothing like what you describe. When I started collecting navals in the mid-sixties, I would send occasional covers to his "Old Skipper" column in "Covers" magazine and he would acknowledge with a nice handwritten letter and include one's name in his "Thanks for the covers" section. I am unable to locate that note in the museum so maybe you can send me the link. I believe Des sponsored me into the USCS when I decided to join. I'll keep checking and see what I can find.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (25 Feb 2017 4:49pm EST) : esink - Elgin (or anyone else who sees this) - I was looking through the Desmond D. Jagyi section in the Naval Cover Museum's Cachet Makers area and happened to see a scan of a 1966 letter from him (as Editor of COVERS) to you. Since I know of no other direct, past link to him, I wanted to pose a question to you in hopes you might know the answer. I have a cover from USS Tarawa CV-40 dated 15 Mar 1951 and with his D. D. Jagyi handstamp on the reverse. It has no cachet but in very nice cursive it has a notation of FIRST DAY OF POSTAL SERVICE AFTER RECOMMISSIONING MAR 15, 1951. Do you know if he 'serviced' covers using hand annotations like this? Thanks for any help or direction you can give me on this. Tom
  • esink (24 Feb 2017 9:17pm EST) : Finally received one of two (maybe three-can't remember how many sent) covers from USS TR CVN 71 for the Commissioning Anniversary...nicely applied cancel, but cachet was not clear...better late than never!
  • Tom Kean (Member) (24 Feb 2017 7:14pm EST) : I received back a SUB cover today! (My reward for having to shovel snow I am sure.) The 2 covers were sent for the 25th anniversary of the USS Jefferson City SSN-759 which was 2/21. The covers were returned in a SASE with a red JBPHH (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam) cancel dated that day. The enclosed covers have no cancel (not surprising - it's a sub) but there is a nicely struck embossed seal on each and just below that are two single-line handstamps that read RECEIVED FEB 21 2017 and CANCELLED FEB 21 2017. This is awesome turn around as I mailed the cover request 2/8, received and cancelled 2/21 and in my hands 2/24! Will post SASE and sample cover on FB/USCS later today. PS - came with 6 small ship stickers also.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Feb 2017 5:42pm EST) : Covers received today (Friday). USS Winston S. Churchill DDG 81 - February 14, 2017 and USS George H.W. Bush CVN 77 - February 10, 2017 .. both excellent cancels. CVN 77 is new, not that large cancel they used previously.
  • lbbrennan (24 Feb 2017 1:44pm EST) : Good afternoon.

    Just submitted a new member of the month, VADM Dyer. He was a three war veteran and USNA Class of 1919 but was graduated in 1918.

    Glad that BMCM admits to being a pack rat, that is a common habit in this hobby Agree with the need to invigorate the USCS Let's work for the second century and make ourselves visible to all sorts of naval enthusiast. People collect a lot more than cancels, cachets, and postmarks.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Feb 2017 10:51am EST) : Elgin - Nothing from either Zumwalt or Enterprise FPO - ship pictorial or the ships cancel just the Norfolk pictorial.
  • esink (22 Feb 2017 7:56pm EST) : meaning ZUMWALT...
  • esink (22 Feb 2017 7:20pm EST) : Thad and others concerned: Still have not received any covers directly from the ship for the Oct 15, 2016 about anybody else?
  • Neal Mills (22 Feb 2017 10:59am EST) : Thad - Haven't received my covers back for USS Enterprise LDPS and decommissioning either.
  • John Young (22 Feb 2017 10:14am EST) : BMCM Jones: Boats, saw your email concern'g the N.S.C. #61 newsletters "Nukes" from Sept 1968 thru Aug 1971 & April 1974 thru Nov 1977 and will sent them to Art Cole for scanning
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Feb 2017 9:47am EST) : Elgin - Thanks for the info on Anzio, very interesting. This is the first time a COPE has told me he did not have a postal cancel for the ship. His letter was very nice and polite about not having it. He took the time to use the cachet as a cancel. I wonder if it was just misplaced.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Feb 2017 10:10pm EST) : FARRAGUT arrived here today, dated 2-12-17. Type 9 on reverse. Filler cards repossessed by mail clerk.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Feb 2017 10:07pm EST) : Believe I saw that FRANK CABLE will be heading to Vigor Shipyard in Portland for four month multi-million dollar overhaul. Vigor tried and failed in their attempt to build the next class of USCG cutters. Used to be Todd Shipyards.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Feb 2017 10:01pm EST) : Question to chapters who maintain checking accounts. I have kept a chapter checking account, in my name for many years. It has gone through several mergers and currently Santandar is my banker. When originally opened, it was known as a "garden club account" by what was then a local bank around Philly. In the years following the original account, the banks who survived gave me free checking and now senior free checking. I have continued to deposit checks in the name of the chapter in that account but several months ago the bank questioned the checks and said they could not take "third party checks" and I would have to open a business account for the chapter. Last week they let me deposit several checks made to the chapter, but said they could no longer accept them due to bank policy. Has any other chapters had this problem? To open a business account has several negative problems, one could be tax liabilities, secondly it could bring about business privilege license issues, local sales tax issues and the big one, fees on the account. At this point I have had to return several checks and ask for replacement checks made to me. Would like to hear from other chapters.
  • esink (21 Feb 2017 8:40pm EST) : Thad/I have received USS ANZIO FREE franks cancelled as recently as APR 12 2016 with UNIT cancel, corner card, and cachet. They may have been shown in a LOG shortly thereafter. Hopefully the ship post offices are still going to exist or their decline would greatly impact our hobby and society.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Feb 2017 8:24pm EST) : Anyone get covers back from USS Enterprise CVN 65 decom (ships FPO)? I do know covers were cancelled using CVN 65's ship FPO cancel on February 2, 2016. How about the fancy cancel issued for the ship? The Norfolk pictorial cancels came through just fine.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Feb 2017 7:43pm EST) : Covers received today from USS Anzio CG 68 - The COPE sent me a polite note saying that the Anzio does not have a postal cancel but used the ships cachet as a cancel. With email and cell phones I guess snail mail is dying out and no need for a regular postal cancel for letters.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (20 Feb 2017 9:16pm EST) : I sent my files of the Nuclear Ships Chapter newsletters to be scanned to pdf format to Art Cole. He quickly scanned the 1962-1968 monthly newsletters and returned them and a cd with all the files in pdf.

    Great fun reading them again. Art still needs issue number 1 and copies of the newsletter when the chapter was transferred to Chicago area. Contact Art Cole if you can help fill in the missing newsletters.

    Once completed, the total disk will benefit nuke cover collectors and those interested in deep submergence vehicles.

    I am proud to be a pack rat and had saved those newsletters for 50+ years.
  • esink (19 Feb 2017 4:00pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS MAHAN DDG-72 with hand-written corner card, no ship cachet and clear type ? cancel dtd JAN 24, 2017 and first one received in 2017...(this ship in Iranian standoff earlier in January). Noted that many of these cancels received recently do not have unit included.
  • John Young (18 Feb 2017 3:13pm EST) : Left out..... after Hall & Bartley

    Then came World War II and many collectors went overseas.......

    leaving their collections at home.
  • John Young (18 Feb 2017 3:10pm EST) : Boats,
    I didn't take offense at your remark, as any organization with as many different personalities that has lasted
    over 80 years is great.

    We had over 1000 members by 1935,
    then the ANCS came on the scene after a bitter election between Hall &

    The came and many went overseas, leaving their collections at home. The only exception was Nalibow, who's collection went down with "Lady Lex"
    in 1942.

    By war's end- the USCS had less than 300 members, with many of the ships
    going into mothballs.

    The !950's saw the building of the DEWLINE and the introduction of the
    nuclear submarines. The 1960's saw
    collectors sending for space covers,
    while the '70s they were looking for
    covers from the North Pole

    As one of our ASPP members from
    New Zealand said once "... there is a very fine line between a collecting type hobby and mental illness, but
    philately (naval covers or polar material) keeps us sane..."

    Our Jersey Chapter psycho-therapist
    "Doc" Rollins wrote recently that the naval collecting disease is incurable!
    So let's suffer together.

    Its my belief, membership will level out but we will have to work together
    to try and get people interested in the

  • BMCM JONES 3933 (16 Feb 2017 8:04pm EST) : Re: my message 15 FEB.

    I did not intend to imply that USCS was not great.
    Poor attempt at humor!

    Richard Jones
  • esink (15 Feb 2017 2:07pm EST) : ancient history...still waiting for fpo anniversary cancels for uss tr cvn71, uss stennis (pearl harbor anniv and oct commissioning for uss zumwalt...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (15 Feb 2017 10:43am EST) : Rich - Thanks for the great info.
    Tom - Thanks for the reply.
  • John Young (15 Feb 2017 9:16am EST) : Hey, Boats
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (15 Feb 2017 1:29am EST) : Just go home from 80 miles north of Toronto. Great winter weather and a Snow Moon with icy rain and foot of snow on the ground. Wife and daughter got to walk on lake ice out to the fish houses--great fun for Florida crackers.

    March Log is finished and off to the printer.

    Time for April columns and a change over to the new administration.

    Still looking for volunteers for committees-- Have time? Special talents?

    Let's make USCS Great Again!
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:48pm EST) : USS Albuquerque SSN-706 date of 3-2-17 may be too early. Who has contacts at Bremerton?
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:46pm EST) : USS Albuquerque SSN-706 Decommissioning 3-2-17 ??? Bremerton WA – good date? Not confirmed officially yet. She had deact in San Diego on 10-16-15.
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:40pm EST) : On Brooklyn NY cancel for 100th Anniversary of USS ARIZONA. I returned the chapters 50 cancels in November after getting 50 crappy strikes. The customer Services person at Brooklyn promised to replace mine and the stamps that were ruined. Sent back, and included 50 of my envelopes. Nothing back yet. Returned in November. Sent a reminder yesterday, sort of hay, did you remember me? The person to contact if you want to ask about sloppy cancels contact is is Vadessa Hernandez.
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:33pm EST) : There are indications (unconfirmed) that the Deactivation of the USS DALLAS SSN 700 will take place on Apr 9, 2017 in Galveston TX. Anyone else able to confirm this? We have a pictorial ready to deploy, but I can find nothing on the Internet to confirm the date. Perhaps a local NLUS Council is involved? Which one?
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Feb 2017 11:32pm EST) : BLUE RIDGE unit cancel here today. No ships name.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (14 Feb 2017 10:30pm EST) : Thad - I mailed it January 21 for the Feb 5 date requested. I typically mail 21 days in advance but am thinking about shortening that to see if I can up my return rate which fell off big time after the new address system went into place. Any thoughts about that? Or anyone else?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Feb 2017 5:29pm EST) : Thanks Neal - may be hope for mine too.
  • Neal Mills (14 Feb 2017 4:51pm EST) : Thad - I'm guessing there is a new COPE on USS FRANK CABLE. My requests for Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's were all serviced and returned with nice cancels.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Feb 2017 4:02pm EST) : Tom - Good news on the USS Frank Cable Unit Number cancel. Several other members and I have been trying to get covers from the Frank Cable for some time now. Hope our covers are found and serviced. How long ago did you send to the Frank Cable?
  • Tom Kean (Member) (14 Feb 2017 3:38pm EST) : I received covers back yesterday from USS Gridley (very nice cancels) and USS Frank Cable - two excellent cancels, one is the first cancel I've seen yet with only a Unit Number in the dial to identify the ship; and the other was a 100th Anniversary Great While Fleet T-F cancel with a 2/5/2017 cancel. I posted scans of the Frank Cable cover on the Facebook/USCS page.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Feb 2017 7:13pm EST) : Covers received today (Monday) 100th Anniversary - USS Arizona - Brooklyn - Horrible cancels, went into the trash. I will no longer send for pictorials from the off beat post offices servicing pictorials, not worth the frustration and cost. I'll stick to the Norfolk and Groton post offices and save my money.
  • guest_7584 (13 Feb 2017 2:23pm EST) : Since the NJ Chapter meeting last week week we've had some snowy days and gray weather but not as bad as Maine and New England.

    A surprising good turnout considering the winter weather. Thanks John for the show and tell. Great photo cards.

    When Stewart gets back for the summer we can have a board meeting at Chapter meetings. It will be interesting to see what we do the next two years for the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75 th anniversary of WW II.

    I am doing an article about the NJ built ships that fought in the pivotal naval battles of Guadalcanal 12-14 November 1942. To appear in the NJ Postal History Quarterly.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Feb 2017 4:26pm EST) : 75th Anniversary PH "Dorie Miller" pictorials arrived today - excellent cancels.
  • Dennis W. Gill (10 Feb 2017 3:25pm EST) : John Young: many thanks!
  • John Young (10 Feb 2017 2:16pm EST) : Dennis Gill: When my "Picketing Antarctica" exhibit is finished I'll scan the pages concerning CALCATERRA & send them to you.

    According to my records- your DER made five patrols to Lat 60 South & were deployed from 24 SEP 1967-25 FEB 1968.

    USS MILLS (DER 383) was the other radar picket ship during D.F. '68
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Feb 2017 7:49pm EST) : Pictorial covers arrived today (Thursday) from Newport News, Va for the decommissioning of the USS Enterprise CVN 65 - very nicely done.
  • Dennis W. Gill (09 Feb 2017 4:46pm EST) : John Young: I served on the USS Calcaterra (DER-390) on the Deep Freeze cruise of 1967-68, as an STG2. We made several voyages to "the ice" at the time, swapping out picket station duties with the USS Mills (DER-383). Alas, my philatelic interests as an 18-year-old at the time were non-existent, so I have no covers from my time on-board; I remember being much more interested then in chasing and falling in love with various Kiwi girls during our home port periods in Dunedin, NZ. Would like to see your DER exhibit, but I'm unable to attend RMSS.
  • John Young (09 Feb 2017 9:41am EST) : Looks like first big snowfall of 2017 is hitting lower Hudson Valley. Good time to work on my exhibit for RMSS in May. Still have to remount two frames of DER covers that picketed the frozen continent until Deep Freeze '68
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (08 Feb 2017 2:58pm EST) : Covers received today (Wednesday) - USS Mason DDG 87 - very nicely cancelled cover with type 9 - February 6, 2017
  • Steve Shay (08 Feb 2017 8:31am EST) : Thank you for the artist name John.
  • John Young (08 Feb 2017 6:40am EST) : Steve Shay: Neat St. Valentine's Day cover, posted aboard USS RELIEF. The artist made be Relief sailor J.W. Uhl, who drew many of the mimeo-cachets for the 1934 east coast trip.
  • John Young (08 Feb 2017 6:30am EST) : Another New Jersey Chapter meeting went into the record books, with good friends, snacks & covers and a phone in from our Brooklyn "snow-bird" spending the winter in Arizona.

    Our three "Quakers" from Pennsylvania brought more Decatur Chapter covers and cheese & crackers
    while Bruno's wife sent nut-less brownies for Georg

    Show & tell by yours truly of U.S. Revenue Cutter BEAR photo cards taken by the cutter's Master-at-Arms (1912-14) recently obtained from the late Dave Larson collection

    THANKS DAVE for putting together a
    great collection of BEAR material.

    One post card will be featured in next "Goat Locker" column in March issue of USCS Log.

    A special thanks to Phil Schreiber for hosting another great Jersey Chapter meeting.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Feb 2017 7:15pm EST) : Covers received today (Monday) - USS Comstock LSD 45 - very good cancels. LSD 45 must have a new COPE because I received covers from mailings I made to the ship up to a year ago - four covers received. There is always hope for those long lost covers.
  • esink (05 Feb 2017 3:55pm EST) : btw...was this the popular or electoral college vote? (-;
  • esink (05 Feb 2017 11:24am EST) : Great choices and results!
  • Don Tjossem (04 Feb 2017 8:04pm EST) : 2017 - 2019 Election Results:

    President: Richard Jones
    Vice President: Richard Morain
    Treasurer: Lloyd Ferrell
    Secretary: Steve Shay


    Stewart Milstein
    Gregory Cieielski
    John P. Young
    Steve Henderson
    Larry Brennan
    Richard Hoffner
    John Germann
    George Marcincin
  • lbbrennan (04 Feb 2017 3:36pm EST) : BMCM the start of a major increase in operations. I was cited in three articles about Iran, US and ROEs in Business Insider and they got nearly 100,000 hits in just over a day. Pete Leenhouts' proposal on the web needs to be implemented to help the chances of survival and growth for the USCS.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (04 Feb 2017 12:20pm EST) : Elgin - I always provide a SASE for both pictorial and ship covers. About one out of 10 times, the SASE and covers are returned separately through the mail. Hate it when that happens, although sometimes they come out OK. Spray cancels are a curse not matter what - witness this last SEASON'S GREETINGS cancels which effectively usually obliterated the stamp.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Feb 2017 10:49am EST) : Anyone have any info on the decommissioning of the USS Albuquerque SSN 706 in Bremerton, WA.?
  • esink (03 Feb 2017 5:59pm EST) : Here's some interesting info on today's decommissioning of the "Big E":
  • esink (03 Feb 2017 1:51pm EST) : Brooklyn's cancel for USS ARIZONA BB-39 100th Anniversary finally received today with NYC sprayover dtd 1 FEB which is 4 months after the anniversary date of 16 least they were received but will have to think about using a SASE from now on...
  • Don Tjossem (03 Feb 2017 12:32pm EST) : Art Cole has agreed to take over the responsibilities of Publications Distribution for the USCS, a position Ray Younkins recently resigned from. Thank-you Art for volunteering to serve in this capacity. Everyone should look for the "Fire Sale" in the March LOG!
  • Joshua McGee (03 Feb 2017 12:11pm EST) : This is Joshua McGee from the postmark site. The Stephen Decatur chapter recently sponsored a postmark for the USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), and his widow posted on my site to say that funeral services for her husband Dick Erb, who served on the vessel, will be held tomorrow (Saturday, February 4). I don't know if anyone can use this information, but her comment is here:
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (03 Feb 2017 11:54am EST) : USS COLE patrolling off Yemen-- covers out?
  • Lbbrennan (02 Feb 2017 6:24pm EST) : Checking in.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (02 Feb 2017 11:19am EST) : Thad - several times I have received covers from the caves in my SASE that were not mine; and never saw got my covers. I assume someone got SASE's mixed up. In two cases I got my covers back in my SASE along with covers that belonged to someone else. Maybe something liked that happened to you?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Feb 2017 6:08pm EST) : Elgin - I did not receive my USS Arizona - 100th Anniversary covers from Brooklyn.

    I haven't received my 75th Anniversary Pearl Harbor pictorials but something really weird came though today. I received USS TR 30th Anniversary unaddressed serviced covers under separate cover from the mines in Kansas City. I already received my serviced covers from USS TR 30th anniversary from Norfolk. They cannot be for my PH cancels either since they are unaddressed and have different stamps than I use. No complaints since they are perfect.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (01 Feb 2017 4:39pm EST) : Received both my Polar Star covers yesterday with large cachet and pretty good USAF McMurdo cancels. Also got my Honolulu 75th Ann. PH pictorial cancel covers and both were nice - good to get them after all the early confusion. Also got my Norfolk pictorials for the 5th anniversary of California SSN 781 - cancels were pretty good, just a tad underinked.
  • esink (01 Feb 2017 3:39pm EST) : Did anybody ever get Brooklyn's cancel for USS ARIZONA BB-39 100th Anniversary?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Feb 2017 10:00am EST) : Covers received yesterday (Tuesday) - USS Cole DDG 67 - Excellent cancel and type 9 but date in ships cancel of December 27, 2016 a little light.
  • esink (01 Feb 2017 7:03am EST) : More current info on Deepfreeze in McMurdo:
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Jan 2017 11:51pm EST) : USS Washington commissioning is delayed again--NOT as listed in February LOG
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Jan 2017 11:49pm EST) : DDG 1003 keel laying was held at Bath Iron Works 30 January
  • esink (31 Jan 2017 5:20pm EST) : Nothing received yet (nor expected)from USS STENNIS for Pearl Harbor Day...and have yet to receive the USS Roosevelt CVN 71 covers for 30th Anniversary of October 25, 2016 which I have heard are starting to trickle in. Mine must have been on the bottom of the pile.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Jan 2017 10:05am EST) : John Y. - I sent one set to the PAO aboard Polar Star and one set to Chris Jasnoch because he said he would get covers aboard. I'm not sure how there were different sizes of the same cachet.
  • John Young (30 Jan 2017 6:55pm EST) : Thad, still waiting for the sister cover,
    as I sent two SASE
  • esink (30 Jan 2017 5:53pm EST) : My Pearl Harbor 75th covers were nicely processed and received today from Honolulu via Kansas City protected in cellophane and cardboard...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Jan 2017 5:09pm EST) : John Y. -- Polar Star used two different cachets on two separate set of covers returned to me. One is the large cachet used in the past and the other set of covers had a small version of the same cachet.. two sets of covers...two different cachets.

    Covers received today - a second set of covers arrived today from USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 - this set had the October 25, 2016 cancel requested for the 30tth Anniversary... so guys looks like they are coming back... first Norfolk and now the ship for the 30th anniversary.
  • John Young (30 Jan 2017 5:01pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus as USCGC POLAR STAR cover for Deep
    Freeze came back today, posted at
    USAF McMurdo, Antarctica APO AP 96599 on 17 JAN 2017

    Cover has large circular OSC of polar bear on ice floe, same as last year

    Looks like a new cancel being used at
    McMurdo Station
  • guest_1260 (29 Jan 2017 10:19am EST) : I am looking for any ship cancellations that used Sc # 703 or
    Sc # 1937-8 (Battle of Yorktown stamps issued 10/19/31 and 10/16/81 respectively. I have the Comte de Grasse (dd-974) already. Thanks, Carl Flaum
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Jan 2017 10:17am EST) : Rich H. - I was just looking at the German blog - US Navy schiffspost der blog for Sunday and it shows covers posted on USS Enterprise CVN 65 using ships FPO cancel (Jan 27, 2017), corner card and cachet along with a cover posted using Enterprise's own FPO cancel and cachet posted already for February 3, 2017. It looks like Enterprise does in fact still have a cancel device aboard. The cancel is different from what I have seen in the past from Enterprise but is in fact a cancel a issued cancel, also shows the large type 9. Hope my covers get the cancel that I sent for.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jan 2017 2:54pm EST) : Covers received today (Saturday) - Deep Freeze covers from USCGC Polar Star WAGB 10 received today with APO McMurdo, Antarctica cancels January 17, 2017. Two different cachets from Polar Star both the same of Polar Bear from years past but one is the large cachet and the other is the same but much smaller. Covers were returned from USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 - January 19, 2017 - Excellent cancel- Cancel is small wording of ships name and FPO. These were originally sent for the ships 30th Anniversary back in October but just serviced now.
  • esink (28 Jan 2017 8:22am EST) : Just noted that those USS TEMPEST covers used JAN 2016 year in the cancel...NAVSUP BAHRAIN clerk forgot to change the device to 2017.
  • esink (27 Jan 2017 9:14pm EST) : eLOG received and quickly read...another superb issue! Hope to receive hardcopy tomorrow for in-depth weekend reading (especially liked the POW-MIA cancel article which can be used for future reference).
  • John Young (27 Jan 2017 4:51pm EST) : As New Jersey Rec'd FEB eLOG & hard copy, so did this navo-philatelist living in lower Hudson Valley.

    Remember USCS ballots have to be in by FEB 1st, so remember to vote often & early
  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (27 Jan 2017 4:05pm EST) : eLOG and hard copy both received this afternoon in north New Jersey! My only regret is that the Pulitzer Prize people probably do not see it. It deserves a prize.
  • esink (27 Jan 2017 2:15pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE franks received today from USS TEMPEST PC-2 with handwritten corner card (UNIT 100281 included); clear but light cancels dtd 16 JAN 2017 from NAVSUP FLC BAHRAIN (FPO AE 09834). These covers sent on August 27, 2016 represent the first patrol craft response ever.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (27 Jan 2017 2:09pm EST) : 300+ eLOGS for February have been sent.

    My paper copy arrived today in the mail.
  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (27 Jan 2017 7:40am EST) : esink: I used Neal's address. I got it from their website and then phoned them to verify it.
  • esink (26 Jan 2017 6:24pm EST) : Neal: Thanks for the info...will try that one and whatever Phil gives me if different; thought there would be FPO address if serving in Deepfreeze Antarctic.
  • Neal Mills (26 Jan 2017 6:12pm EST) : esink - I have the following address for Battalion One:

    290 4TH ST
    WILLIAMSBURG VA 23185-5832

    Hopefully Phil will confirm.
  • esink (26 Jan 2017 2:29pm EST) : Phil: What mailing address did you use for Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One?
  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (26 Jan 2017 9:38am EST) : esink; re op deep freeze and your link. I sent for covers from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion One. I'll let you know what happens. thanks for the info.
  • esink (25 Jan 2017 9:56pm EST) : Just saw the March 2017 "Sea Classics" magazine including interesting article on USS DRAYTON DD 366 history with two illustrated naval covers.
  • esink (25 Jan 2017 3:21pm EST) : More stimulating info and possible cover opportunities with current Operation Deep Freeze 2017:
  • Dennis W. Gill (24 Jan 2017 9:40pm EST) : Dan Goodwin: thank you for your reply. No, the USS Frank Cable anniversary date did not cause me any problems. As a new USCS member--and being new to preparing cover cachets for submission to ships--I was double-checking the anniversary date and wondering if I was misunderstanding something. Thank you for preparing the anniversary list; I find it quite useful when preparing covers.
  • Dan Goodwin (24 Jan 2017 8:08am EST) : Dennis Gill: The wrong date for Frank Cable is my error. When I put the list together I obviously read the wrong line. I am getting old and it may be a good time for another member to consider providing this information to the Log editor. Until that time I will try my best to submit error free information. My apology if this wrong info has caused problems for you or any other USCS member. - Dan Goodwin
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jan 2017 7:30pm EST) : Covers received today (Monday) - USS Philippine Sea CG 58 - December 28, 2016 - Excellent cancel - Ship name in upper part of cancel and U.S. Navy in the lower part of the cancel.
  • esink (23 Jan 2017 6:20pm EST) : Interesting info for polar collectors about current Operation Deepfreeze operations:
  • Dennis W. Gill (23 Jan 2017 2:55pm EST) : The last several issues of the "Log" have listed, under "Ship Anniversaries" on page 2, "35 Years - Frank Cable AS-40, 2/5." Every source I've checked has shown USS Frank Cable being commissioned on 29 Oct. '79. Am I missing something? Thanks!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jan 2017 11:24am EST) : Rich H. - Thank you very much for all the great information !!!
  • S.B.Milstein (22 Jan 2017 10:41pm EST) : I am selling covers on that did not sell via the Sales Circuit. I sell as SBM Ship covers. USCS bebefits from the sale of the covers.
  • esink (22 Jan 2017 9:45pm EST) : Rich: Thanks for keeping us updated with all that useful info.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:41pm EST) : Following have been submitted for Norfolk:

    CARL VINSON CVN 70 Mar 13
    WASHINGTON SSN 787 Mar 25

    Also submitted, to Groton:

    ANNAPOLIS SSN 760 Apr 11
    HAWAII SSN 776 May 5
    MISSISSIPPI SSN 782 June 2

    Submitted to Newport News:

    INDIANA SSN 789 Chris Apr 29

    The following do not have dates confirmed yet or are questionable:

    ALBUQUERQUE SSN 706 (held a deact ceremony in Hawaii so date for "real" deact is questionable)
    DALLAS SSN 700 Deact
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:26pm EST) : As for PH covers from caves, we will just have to relax. Besides filling orders for every post office across the nation, they also fill philatelic orders and also our pictorials. I am sure that there are many cover collectors and dealers sending for the Inaugural postmark and that may delay all other cancels.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:23pm EST) : See notes of non-receipt of ARIZONA 100th Anniv. of Commissioning. Mine did come in, and I immediately contacted the contact at Brooklyn PO. The covers were all badly done. She gave me approval to return them for replacements. I did so. About two weeks ago I contacted her again and reminded her that I was still waiting. She replied that she had been busy and would get to them. Still waiting. Perhaps tomorrow will bring a surprise to my rural mail box.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:20pm EST) : BMCM Jones. Congrats on being at the helm for the Log as it reaches issue 1000. Thank you! "BZ".
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:19pm EST) : Neal, you are our "on the spot cub reporter"! You might call the ship and ask the SUPPO. By now her civilian land line phone to the quarter deck is probably operational. Perhaps they will have an update on the Post Office.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:14pm EST) : A translation with the T-F FPO CVN65 cancel that is in the 22 Jan 2017 Schiffspost blog:

    Since the extra-service is already taking place in two weeks, documents should be sent to the carrier without delay (if not already done) (see address list). For a success I can not guarantee!

    I really doubt collectors from Germany will get the covers to the ship on time or with a proper address.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:07pm EST) : I did notice that covers returned from Norfolk were (my Priority Mail package) hand cancelled at a different station then previous covers. Perhaps there has been a change there? No tracking was applied so I could not check further. These were the TR and CA covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 8:03pm EST) : The Spanish message translates to: GOOD AFTERNOON HELPS ME TO TRY THE COMMITMENT, THE TRACKING NUMBER IS ... CC008602695ES

    It appears to be a tracking number for the USPS, perhaps a customs label or Express Mail but it does not track in their system.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 7:57pm EST) : No ZUMWALT ship FDC covers here either. I'm thinking the ship has so many problems that the ships Supply Dept is not worrying about supplies or postal effects at this point. Last word I had was that no one ordered postal effects for the ship. I can't find out why, but I have an idea. Initially, during studies and costs to build the ship, it was to be built with a vary small crew, thus possibly too few to warrant a post office. As the project went along and costs rose, so did the crew needed to run the ship. The current crew size does rate a post office, and I was told that the postal effects were ordered and the ship would catch up with them when they arrived in San Diego. I was also advised that covers on hand would be done with the commissioning day date. Some would call this "gun-decking". Me, I'll call it a commissioning cover and file it away, IF IT COMES THROUGH!
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 7:48pm EST) : My covers for the last two events just came through from Norfolk VA post office. Somewhat late but all cancels perfectly applied.

    Our contact at Newport News post office has advised that it is not her job to any longer submit pictorials for approval. I know the regs and it is the job of the Postmaster (local post office) to get the requests and forward them to the district for approval. I'm not going to quote regs to her, but the one she had on her desk and the next pictorial from Newport News have been submitted by me directly to the District in Richmond for approval.
  • RIch Hoffner (22 Jan 2017 7:44pm EST) : Thad. According to officials on the ship, they do not have postmarks any longer. I am hopeful that what you saw on Schiffspost blog works out. I only got approval last week, and device is not yet done. When it is it will be sent to a Chief's home address in Norfolk (he is a "Legacy" PC) to avoid delays in U S Customs inspections for FPO addresses for packages. Hopefully he will do whatever covers are already on hand. I am not sure the FPO address is valid any longer. I will include members covers that have covers with me for the USCS Cover Service.
  • Keith MacKay #12477 (22 Jan 2017 5:58am EST) : Thanks, Don. That's what I found on the USPS website for first class domestic letters. I've been led to understand that the 1 1/2 cent and 2 cent stamps represent the rates for unsealed envelopes and/or printed matter, but I haven't yet found a quotable reference source for that. And I have no guidance at all concerning the 4-cent rate, although I assume it applied to the foreign (i.e. Canadian) delivery destination. I think I need to join APS!
  • Don Tjossem (22 Jan 2017 3:19am EST) : Keith, This link may help answer you questions:
  • Keith MacKay #12477 (21 Jan 2017 10:11pm EST) : I'm new to naval cover collecting and US material in general and I don't fully understand what I'm looking at in the few covers that I've acquired so far. They're all cancelled in Canadian ports in the period 1932-1940; and most of them are addressed to US destinations and franked with 1 1/2, 2 and 3 cent stamps. The USPS website shows me that 3 cents was 1/2 ounce domestic letter rate from July 6, 1932 to December 31, 1951, but I haven't found anything on line that explains the 1 1/2 and 2 cent rates. I have a couple franked with 6 cents which I assume must have paid an airmail rate; and one addressed to a Canadian destination franked with a 4 cent stamp.
    I'd appreciate guidance to a comprehensive source of US rate info for the 1930's.
  • esink (21 Jan 2017 12:43pm EST) : Just returned from the York PA stamp show...some nice 50 cent naval covers bought from Baltimore-based "Geezer's Tweezers".
  • esink (21 Jan 2017 12:39pm EST) : Here is interesting info about NAVSUP GLS mail delivery to Antarctica and other places:
  • Neal Mills (21 Jan 2017 11:42am EST) : Great news Thad.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Jan 2017 7:57pm EST) : Covers arrived today (Friday) for the pictorial from Norfolk - USS California SSN 781 - 5th Anniversary. Both covers had excellent cancels.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Jan 2017 12:55pm EST) : I was just looking at the Feb 3, 2017 Decommissioning pictorial from Newport News for the USS Enterprise on - US Navy Schiffspost der blog - and it really is detailed. I hope it turns out to be a clear cancel, the detailed pictorials tend to fill with ink.... will wait and see. Hope the cancels (FPO) from the ship are okay also.
  • esink (18 Jan 2017 8:53pm EST) : ...nor have I seen ZUMWALT (FPO) commissioning covers yet.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (18 Jan 2017 8:44pm EST) : Neal - I haven't seen Zumwalt covers.
  • Neal Mills (17 Jan 2017 10:23pm EST) : Thad - Thank you for the response. I'm missing the same covers plus some Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's covers from some of the CVNs.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jan 2017 7:48pm EST) : Covers received from Norfolk for the USS TR 30th Anniversary today (Tuesday) but one was great and one was poorly struck. These go back to October 25, 2016. The USS California 5th Anniversary from October are still out for Norfolk. Sharon Gregory usually services covers perfectly ... wonder if someone else did these.
    Neal -- nothing back from USS Zumwalt on this end.
  • Neal Mills (17 Jan 2017 7:31pm EST) : Has anyone received commissioning covers from USS ZUMWALT? Supposedly, she was going to receive her cancellation device when she got to San Diego. ZUMWALT has been here about a month.
  • Tom Kean (Member) (17 Jan 2017 6:03pm EST) : My TR 30th pictorial covers arrived today. Very, slightly underinked (better than over), but very nice looking anyway.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (16 Jan 2017 1:18pm EST) : February Log is at the printers--short month for turn around.

    Will need March's columns next week and any articles you all have been working on.

    March issue is #1000 !!
  • Tom Kean (Member) (13 Jan 2017 10:00pm EST) : Not sure why I suddenly became Guest_7502. Downloaded a Windows update - maybe that wiped out my name.
  • guest_7502 (13 Jan 2017 9:58pm EST) : No 75th yet Elgin or 100th. Hope to see them soon....
  • esink (12 Jan 2017 11:26pm EST) : Thanks Thad for the info...will not hold my breath awaiting these returns.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jan 2017 9:49pm EST) : Elgin - I have Not received the 100th Anniversary - USS Arizona - Brooklyn and No to having received covers from USS TR (FPO) for the 30th Anniversary. The Pearl Harbor pictorials per Rich Hoffner will be applied at the "Caves" in Kansas City. Honolulu forwarded those that weren't cancelled at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base.
  • esink (12 Jan 2017 5:40pm EST) : A repeat posting from (27 Dec 2016 5:09pm EST): Has anybody received the following: USS ARIZONA 100th from Brooklyn, PEARL HARBOR 75th (pictorial) and the FPO (USS TR 30th)? (I know some of you have received the FPO from USS STENNIS dtd on PEARL HARBOR 75th.)
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jan 2017 2:26pm EST) : Received a letter today (1/12/17) from Norfolk Post Office in regards to not receiving pictorials as far back as October. Sharon Gregory, Customer Service Coordinator wrote - This is in response to your letter of December 28, 2016. Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately, the stamps were ordered late. However, I am working on the Theodore Roosevelt cancellations. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for your patience" signed Sharon Gregory.
    Looks like they are still in process... USS California anniversary and TR anniversary from October.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Jan 2017 10:54pm EST) : Tom...Ditto on the SSBN 658 from Vallejo, CA today. My two cancels were both perfect.
    I have tried calling Norfolk PO and even sent a letter to Customer Relations, Sharon Gregory to see what is going on with the pictorials not being returned as far back as October. But no answer on the phone (left messages) or answer to my letter Hope it gets cleared up soon since there are three scheduled pictorials for February and March for Norfolk.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (10 Jan 2017 6:22pm EST) : Received 50th anniversary covers back today with pictorials for USS Mariano G. Vallejo SSBN-558. The cancels are dated 16 Dec 2016 at Vallejo, CA. One of the covers has a perfect cancel, this other one is slightly underinked (or under pressed?), but legible and keepable.
  • Lbbrennan (10 Jan 2017 9:18am EST) : Checking in
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Jan 2017 7:08pm EST) : Covers received today from USS Mustin DDG 89 - Excellent cancels - December 9, 2016 - Unit cancel 100198, FPO AP 96672 - no ships name in cancel.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (09 Jan 2017 6:14pm EST) : Got my hard copy of the LOG on Friday. Haven't looked through it yet, but look forward to it.
  • esink (08 Jan 2017 3:56pm EST) : Hard copy Jan Log received in central PA yesterday...great issue, especially the Alvin article!
  • esink (07 Jan 2017 3:19pm EST) : Nice covers with ship cachets received from (not yet commissioned) carrier GERALD FORD CVN 78 clearly cancelled DEC 26, 2016 on tenth anniversary of the president’s passing.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (05 Jan 2017 11:31am EST) : Great information Rich. Thanks!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Jan 2017 8:34pm EST) : Thanks Rich for all the info.
  • esink (04 Jan 2017 5:35pm EST) : Thanks, Rich, for that concise explanation...answers my questions well for those three situations.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 5:08pm EST) : I posted my most recent TR cancels on our Facebook page. Nov 2015 was my latest.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:39pm EST) : I know someone will ask, what ship will have Directory Service for ENTERPRISE. That is above my pay-grade 🙂
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:37pm EST) : Elgin, Deacts, LDPS, LDC and last use of cancels aboard large ships is very fluid. Depends on amount of crew still left behind. After Deact. Ceremony, a large amount of the crew are reassigned and depart for new ships or units. Smaller ships are predictable and Deact and LDPS usually are same date, but sometimes not so. Official documentation is spotty and sometimes can be determined in person at a shipyard or by phone. Some crews (what's left after Deact Ceremony) move into a building (some say "barge") and continue ships business and partial postal operations until last day when flag comes down and last entry is made into ships log. There is no norm with this process. I mention "partial" postal operations as usually such services as registry, money orders, certified mail are no longer available. A ship as large as ENTERPRISE will have their forwarding transferred to another ship which will preform "Directory Service". Sometimes this results in a unique postal cancel with wording Directory Service in the cancel, but usually it is just a boxed rubber stamp with lines to place dates of service in.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:21pm EST) : A tip: When sending for pictorials, I find that including the following sentence with your polite request....

    Cancellations should be applied in a clean clear manner with evenly applied pressure in black ink.

    I found the sentence either in the DMM or possibly in USPS Publication 230. Can't hurt when sending covers to USPS post offices that are not familiar with philatelic postmarks.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:17pm EST) : Cancels on that site are submitted by Wolfgang Hechler as he designs them for me. US Navy Schiffspost der blog, is more timely then our Log at times. But beware, sometimes revisions are made to the pictorials at my request after being uploaded to that site. I am still pursuing a t-f for CVN65, but no permission yet. A design is ready if I get a go. I believe that the ships FPO address will be deleted from USPS computers after LDPS, so if you are sending, address your covers to Postal Officer at FPO address ASAP. Late sendings may be returned to you.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:10pm EST) : Replacement covers from Brooklyn NY for 100th Anniv. of commissioning of ARIZONA still not back, but retail person says she will take care of them, said she had a busy Christmas season as reason for delay.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:08pm EST) : Covers in yesterday from Camden NJ for GUARDFISH. All 50 covers had perfect postmarks. I had my fingers crossed and early reports were not good.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jan 2017 4:07pm EST) : "The Quakers" did indeed enjoy the NJ Chapter meeting and the 1,000 covers from a USCS circuit that awaited members. Brought some nice covers home, priced at, are you sitting down.... 3 for a dollar!

    I think the new site that Stew is selling covers on for the USCS is called Hip Stamps.

    On the rain, better then the white stuff.
  • guest_9870 (04 Jan 2017 12:39am EST) : Another great Jersey Chapter meeting, as the Quakers came bearing boxes of covers

    Stewart Milstein called from sunny Arizona, as he was BBQ'ing hamburgers
    and we were going through the circuits
    that came via pony express.

    He reports that he selling covers we've already seen on

    First meeting of the new year- had 11
    not bad for a rainy evening
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Jan 2017 4:39pm EST) : Today I received my replacement covers from Camden, NJ. (USS Guardfish SSN 612) There were four replacements and they were returned with perfect cancels and they did replace the stamps. Excellent.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2017 4:52pm EST) : "Gain more weight" well said by a "cook". Remember aboard most cutters mid-rats are "open galley" so enjoy and keep in mind that if the cutters budget is affected, the kitchen will be locked down until it balances. The mid-rats galley aboard ARBUTUS is where I learned to make fried banana sandwiches. Calories? Carbohydrates? Never thought of them in those years.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2017 4:47pm EST) : I return ALL badly applied postmarks. Many times it involves 50 covers that I had submitted for the chapter. I also send my own un-serviced envelopes (laser envelopes from Karl Zurn) as I don't want them done on what I call 5&10 store envelopes. I also enclose USPS Form 3533, signed. You can not download the most recent version (2003 and 2006 are on-line) but it is available at your local post office. It is bar-coded now.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2017 4:39pm EST) : Called Camden NJ and Bellmawr NJ (District Customer Services) to see who is cancelling covers and to ask that they do so in a manner that collectors can enjoy them. Left messages both places, hopefully someone is listening.
  • John Young (02 Jan 2017 11:30am EST) : My New Year's Resolution: Gain more weight or Buy more covers

    Hope to keep one of them!
  • John Young (01 Jan 2017 4:37am EST) : A Happy New Year with good health to all my friends in the coming year

    May you all find that missing cover during the year, whether Coast Guard,
    polar or naval.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (31 Dec 2016 10:32pm EST) : To the folks who occupy this chat area, a Happy New Year and great collecting in 2017. May there be many ship returns with clear cancels! And thanks to all of you who have responded to me pleas for help on this chat.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (31 Dec 2016 10:30pm EST) : Elgin (and others) - someday it might be interesting/useful to share our respective processes for getting covers and timing, including how we word our requests. For example, I used to send for ship covers well in advance of the date requested and got great returns. Then as returns started dwindling over the last two years, I started sending them 21 days out which has helped my returns a bit in the last 6 months (or something has). And so on...
  • Mike Meister (31 Dec 2016 8:04pm EST) : I hope everyone has a very happy, healthy and safe 2017!
  • esink (31 Dec 2016 2:43pm EST) : Thad/Nice cancels on Schiffspost blog, but I haven't tried to read German since I took college German 50 years ago...wondering about an English version of the blog.
  • esink (31 Dec 2016 2:35pm EST) : Tom Kean: My STENNIS covers must have been the first ones into the ship post office because I sent quite early; that means they are on the bottom of the know, first in and last out (-:
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Dec 2016 11:48am EST) : Correction - USS Washington SSN 787 pictorial is Ma5 25, 2017 at Norfolk, VA and NOT Groton.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Dec 2016 11:23am EST) : Take a look - Google this blog.... US Navy Schiffspost der blog. It has the Decommission pictorial for USS Enterprise CVN 65 - Newport News, VA Feb. 3, 2017; USS Carl Vinson CVN 35th Anniversary pictorial Norfolk, VA Mar 13, 2017; USS Washington SSN 787 Commission pictorial - Groton, CT - Mar 25, 2017 plus others. I look at this blog every day.
  • esink (30 Dec 2016 8:38pm EST) : Thad/I send out every five years to the TR for anniversary postmarks and always have gotten a good return...but not this year, yet.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Dec 2016 3:45pm EST) : Neal, no never did get the USS TR 30th anniversary from the ship. I haven't gotten any covers from TR even from my earlier mass mailing to the fleet over the summer. They went into shutdown... probably because of the work that was being done in the yard. they are just now getting it together. Haven't gotten anything from Nimitz or IKE from my mailing either. Usually carriers are pretty good.
    Still waiting for the pictorial for 30th for TR from Norfolk.
  • esink (30 Dec 2016 3:38pm EST) : Interesting summary for 2016 Navy events on this website:
  • Neal Mills (30 Dec 2016 12:58pm EST) : Thad, did you get your covers back from USS TR or are those still in the wind also?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Dec 2016 10:15am EST) : Tried calling Norfolk PO multiple times about USS TR & California pictorials from October but no answer or voice mail that no one returns. Wrote a letter to Sharon Gregory, Customer Relations at Norfolk so lets see what happens.
  • Rich Hoffner (29 Dec 2016 2:40pm EST) : I had a date of 17 Jan 2017 for LDC of ALBUQUERQUE. I am told it had slipped to at least 2 Mar 2017 (in Bremerton WA). No pictorial has been considered since the date is fluid and can't be confirmed yet. DALLAS hinted to be deactivated in March 2017 at Groton.
  • esink (29 Dec 2016 2:14pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS WASP LHD-1 with rubber-stamped (unit included) corner card, ship cachet and clear type ? (no unit included) cancel dtd NOV 15, 2016. (Never expected to get any returns from this ARG and especially this carrier now returned stateside).
  • Don Tjossem (29 Dec 2016 12:17pm EST) : Richard,

    Thank-you again for producing a wonder LOG for our enjoyment. Fairwinds on your year-end cruise.

  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (29 Dec 2016 11:59am EST) : ???
  • Tom Kean [Member] (29 Dec 2016 8:56am EST) : Richard Jones - Happy New Year and have a great time on your cruise! Thanks for all your hard work as Editor!
  • Tom Kean [Member] (29 Dec 2016 8:51am EST) : I am with you Rich. I am so busy since I retired, I wonder how I ever had time to work!
  • Tom Kean [Member] (29 Dec 2016 8:50am EST) : Elgin - I got my Stennis covers back, but not anything from TR.
  • esink (29 Dec 2016 6:55am EST) : Quickly scanned current JAN eLOG...much interesting history within; great issue, Richard.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Dec 2016 12:45am EST) : 380 copies of the first 2017 USCS eLOG have been sent tonight,

    Heading for New Year's Cruise to Eastern Caribbean on Friday.

    Still need articles for February (short) and for March and April to keep files full.

    Happy New Year!
  • esink (28 Dec 2016 11:56pm EST) : Rich, So which one happens first? (I thought the post office had quit with the DEACT.)
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Dec 2016 11:12pm EST) : LDC and LDPS are not the same for CVN-65.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Dec 2016 11:11pm EST) : Interesting note on USS Charles F Adams DDG-2 website. Notice mention of 12 OHP Class FFG's to Poland. News to me.

    "SAVE THE ADAMS" project update - December 21, 2016

    We now have a project update from the JHNSA. Following are excerpts from a message sent from JHNSA President Dan Bean to ACVA directors.

    The ship repair facility has 12 Perry Class Frigates they are preparing for Poland, hence we were moved to the back of the line. If there are delays with the Perry Class project, we will be delayed too. "We are letting the public know that March 7, 2017 is our dry dock date.

    You can also share that we are moving forward on the pier preparations

    More funds will be needed after her arrival for us to build her out the way we hope, so please keep asking. For now, we believe we can establish top-side tours within six weeks of her arrival. Then we focus on the berthing compartment and go from there.
  • esink (28 Dec 2016 9:48pm EST) : More info on the IKE's return and the impact on the middle east:
  • esink (28 Dec 2016 3:25pm EST) : Is the Last Day Postal Service for the USS ENTERPRISE the same as the decommissioning date?
  • esink (28 Dec 2016 2:20pm EST) : MORE Interesting info on the IKE CSG returning home:
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 8:54pm EST) : Got it Rich - USS Enterprise CVN 65, Unit 100350 Box 1, FPO AE 09543.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 8:38pm EST) : Rich or anyone... what is Unit # and zip for Enterprise???? Jan 17 is right around the corner.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 8:33pm EST) : Wow Rich H..... good info and thank you. Appreciate the sharing. I resent covers to Honolulu for the Dec 7 cancels hope they forwarded them to the "caves". I still never gotten the Brooklyn cancel for Arizona. Sharon Gregory has been pretty good in Norfolk but never took this long to prepare pictorials. The USS TR 30th and USS California 5th from October are still out. I hope she is still there. That was part of my phone call to Norfolk today. I might try again tomorrow.
    Having spent 40 hectic years in IT has made retirement over the past four years a dream. Except the part of recovering from a broken back. It has helped slow me down over the past 18 months.
    Keep us posted please Rich....
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:37pm EST) : Two new forms have been sent to me by "the caves" to be filled out and submitted with pictorial cancels in the future. These are legal documents that pass any liability about intellectual property rights issues to the artist and submitter of the postmarks. I have used the new forms for the first three naval pictorials I have submitted for 2017, but I have signed as a member of the USCS. These should be reviewed by a lawyer on behalf of the Society, but at this point we no longer have a legal liaison. Any thoughts? I do have written permission from the Navy to use the ships crests in cancels now (that took nearly a year to get permission), but these forms go as far as demanding that the font used in the postmarks is not someone's intellectual property. It also states that the release is governed by US federal law and the laws of the State of New York. I sent a message about the fonts and the issue of following the laws of New York. I did not expect a speedy reply, and none has come yet.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:26pm EST) : For those asking about the pictorial for Dec 7 at Honolulu HI, I am told by the editor of a philatelic blog that that due to the Customer Services person at Honolulu expecting a deluge of collectors sending for the cancel, the postmark we presented them will be transferred to "the caves" with all covers received for cancelling in Kansas City.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:22pm EST) : Ever since Hervey Trimyer retired, my contact at Norfolk post office has been Mrs. Sharon Gregory. That has been a few years, so I am hopeful that she is still there.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:20pm EST) : I think you all know that I got 50 bad cancels from Brooklyn NY and returned them all for replacements. Nothing back and it has been several weeks since I sent them back.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:18pm EST) : A pictorial has been submitted to Newport News post office for Decommissioning date for CVN-65. The carrier has not responded about a T-F for Decommissioning.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:16pm EST) : Last Day Postal Service aboard CVN65 is reported as 1/17/17. Use the normal FPO address for her. This came from one of my sources, not the carrier.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:12pm EST) : Bad cancels from Camden NJ? Mine are not back yet. This has been a problem with Camden NJ for many years and each time we make contact with the customer services person asking them to have someone cancel them who knows what a pictorial cancel is.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Dec 2016 5:11pm EST) : Thad, I don't know where you get all this free time. I can't get everything done I want to each day.
  • esink (27 Dec 2016 5:09pm EST) : 'Have yet to receive USS ARIZONA 100th from Brooklyn, PEARL HARBOR 75th (pictorial) and FPO from USS STENNIS; also the FPO (USS TR 30th)...anybody get any of these yet?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Dec 2016 4:28pm EST) : Tom -That's great. I packaged up all my bad cancels and sent new covers (minus stamps) back to Camden, NJ today for a replacement. Let's see what happens.
    I also tried calling the post office at Norfolk, VA about not getting pictorials back from October (USS TR 30th and California 5th) wanted to speak to someone but just had to leave a message to have someone call..... no one has. Man after retiring I didn't realize how much time I have on my hands.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (27 Dec 2016 3:58pm EST) : Thad - My Guardfish pictorials arrived today. Both have excellent cancels. Sorry yours were not, and hope you get a return with good ones. Tom
  • esink (27 Dec 2016 1:46pm EST) : Interesting info and history on the IKE CSG leaving the Med and the 6th fleet:
  • Tom Kean [Member] (26 Dec 2016 12:46am EST) : Thanks Steve. I give that a try. Hope your holiday was a great one. Tom
  • Steve Shay (25 Dec 2016 4:52pm EST) : Tom, put all the Log files into one single folder then do a search on the folder, not a search on a single issue. I do it all the times and get hits in multiple issues. Or put all the Logs onto one flash drive if you don't store them on your hard drive and do the same, search on the flash drive
  • Neal Mills (25 Dec 2016 3:16pm EST) : Hope Santa was good to all of you. I'm spending a few days with my not quite 2 yr old grandson. Life couldn't be better.
  • esink (24 Dec 2016 1:21pm EST) : Best wishes for Happy Holidays to all USCS members and your families!!
  • Neal Mills (24 Dec 2016 12:49pm EST) : Thad, Tom, All -- Merry Christmas!
  • Tom Kean [Member] (24 Dec 2016 11:59am EST) : Question - I have been using the CD version of the LOG archives. I have not been able to get a single hit on a search of all LOG issues on a single volume as a group of LOGS. The search function works well one LOG issue at a time. Is that they way this is supposed to work? Thanks to anyone who might know! Merry Christmas.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (24 Dec 2016 11:57am EST) : Merry Christmas to also Thad - and to anyone else who see this!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Dec 2016 11:48am EST) : Tom... I'm going to send them back to Camden, NJ and see what happens...I'll let you guys know.
    Where's Neal??? He's the only one that hasn't checked in on our chat page.
    Merry Christmas everyone..
  • Tom Kean [Member] (24 Dec 2016 11:18am EST) : I have had some success with returning them - c/o of the postmaster at that zip. In a number of cases, I have actually gotten new covers along with the bad ones with apology notes. Still haven't seen my 75th PH covers yet.
  • esink (24 Dec 2016 9:27am EST) : Thad, It's probably worth the effort even though extra postage expense may be incurred...never know until attempted. Some of ill-trained clerks anywhere will most likely never get it right.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Dec 2016 8:58am EST) : Can pictorials that are serviced poorly be returned for a free replacement at the post office were they applied or is that just wishful thinking. Results at the usual places, Norfolk and Groton are for the most part perfect, it's the odd ball places that seem to service them poorly.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (23 Dec 2016 10:04pm EST) : Thad - sorry to hear about your Guardfish cancels - hope mine are better. It is interesting to me that we are getting so many poor cancels for ship events. I also get pictorial cancels for lots of other non-naval events for my grandkids - and the vast majority of the (say 95%) come back very nicely done or at least acceptable. Don't know what that tells me, but it is odd.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Dec 2016 7:16pm EST) : Thanks Neal. I saw that too but was also looking at the pictorial in the November Log from Olympia, WA as January 7, 2017.
    Covers received today for the USS Guardfish SSN 612 - 50th Anniversary from Camden, NJ. Two separate mailings of four covers (two each) and all junk. If these places have a pictorial cancellation why not have someone apply it that does it right or not at all... another waste of time and money.
  • Neal Mills (23 Dec 2016 12:39pm EST) : Thad - the latest info I've seen is "The commissioning will be late March 2017 in Norfolk." This is from the commissioning committee's web page.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Dec 2016 11:02am EST) : Is the commissioning of the USS Washington SSN 787 at Norfolk still scheduled for January 7, 2017 ??? Someone pleas confirm please. Thanks.
  • esink (20 Dec 2016 1:24pm EST) : yup you got that right!
  • Neal Mills (19 Dec 2016 10:11pm EST) : Someone has to keep chat alive 🙂
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Dec 2016 6:34pm EST) : Thanks Neal, Tom and Elgin. It seems we always have our own chat going on here.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (19 Dec 2016 4:59pm EST) : Thanks Elgin. Interesting and informative.
  • esink (19 Dec 2016 2:31pm EST) : Interesting historical info and planned upgrades for the USS GW:
  • esink (19 Dec 2016 2:02pm EST) : Thad/Answer is "NO" to all, except the USS CA and the USS TR (Norfolk)for which no covers were sent...
  • Tom Kean [Member] (19 Dec 2016 12:44pm EST) : Haven't seen any of those Thad. I don't hold much hope out for sub covers, but every once in awhile I get a nice surprise. I keep trying though. Good luck!
  • Neal Mills (19 Dec 2016 12:44pm EST) : Thad - Still waiting on all of them.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Dec 2016 11:21am EST) : Has anyone received the following pictorials from Norfolk....USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 - 30th anniversary, USS California SSN 781 - 5th anniversary.
    From Brooklyn - 100th anniversary USS Arizona or the 30th anniversary from the ship - USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71???

    Has anyone received the correct 75th anniversary pictorial from Honolulu? All cancels I know of have been forwarded to the Pearl Harbor Naval Station and cancelled there instead of the pictorial at Honolulu.
  • Lbbrennan (18 Dec 2016 8:22am EST) : Good morning. Need to visit here's more often.
  • Neal Mills (17 Dec 2016 7:15pm EST) : Tom - Glad you got a good cancel back from JCS. Gives me hope for my Christmas & New Years covers.
  • esink (17 Dec 2016 7:11pm EST) : I wonder if the clerks could do better with some kind of quick-drying ink pad...
  • Tom Kean [Member] (17 Dec 2016 6:00pm EST) : Neal - I got my 2 covers back from USS John C. Stennis this afternoon. The cancel on the SASE was good but overprinted with a San Diego spray cancel. One of the two covers in the SASE was a partial blob, the other was quite good. Both covers were signed by the Postal Clerk.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (17 Dec 2016 3:52pm EST) : Yikes Neal. Haven't seen my covers from JCS for Dec 7 yet. I wonder what's with all the over-inking lately?
  • Neal Mills (17 Dec 2016 12:35pm EST) : Covers received yesterday from USS John C. Stennis for Thanksgiving, Navy Day, and Dec 7th. All over-inked. A couple may be salvageable, the rest go into the trash.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Dec 2016 10:18am EST) : Covers that arrived yesterday - USS Milius DDG 69 - just a big ink blob as a cancel, only knew where it was from by the return address and USS New York LPD 21 - Very good cancel December 12, 2016. The cancel has ships name, FPO AA 34092 and Unit 100333 all in the circular cancel. Ice storm going on in western PA and with a driveway of over 550 feet, not sure if I'll even get to the mail box... mailman probably won't come anyway.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (16 Dec 2016 7:07pm EST) : Received today two covers from USS Bulkeley cancelled on 12/8/16 - the 15th anniversary of the ship. Cancels are good except there is an over-inking issue just with the year part of the date plug - however it is legible.
  • esink (15 Dec 2016 3:12pm EST) : Phil: That is why I like to collect and restrict my navals from actual floating moving vessels (FPO type cancels) instead of from some USPS building near where the ship may be docked. Perhaps, more recently than the MO situation, the FPO pictorial also requires USPS approval.
  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (15 Dec 2016 10:51am EST) : Elgin: The questioners claimed that postal regulations require authorization by the USPS AND approval by USPS officials for pictorial postmarks. The Navy claims that the skipper of a navy ship has the authority to do what he sees fit to do on his ship. In philately there are questions as to what it is "legitimate" and otherwise. There are true believers on all subjects.
  • esink (14 Dec 2016 4:15pm EST) : guest_1327: I have one of those covers with a terse handwritten statement about the cover's validity. If the pictorial cancel was actually authorized by the MO's skipper and the ship was still in commission at that time, how could the "legitimacy" be questioned?

  • Neal Mills (13 Dec 2016 10:30am EST) : Same issue with the Dec 7 pictorial. Sent covers to the Naval Station MOU and covers to Aolele St. Wanted both postmarks. Everything came back with the Naval Station postmark. Resent covers to Aolele St and will see what I get back this time.
  • esink (12 Dec 2016 10:07pm EST) : Well, Thad, somewhere there is a communication problem; let's see what I get back...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Dec 2016 9:51pm EST) : Elgin, I did send my covers to the address in the Postal Bulletin at 3600 Aolele Street, Honolulu, HI 96820-9998 and all my covers were forwarded from there to Pearl Harbor Naval Base... Honolulu did not apply the pictorial as in the bulletin.
  • esink (12 Dec 2016 9:47pm EST) : Thad/I had sent to the NPS at WWII VALOR IN THE PACIFIC NATIONAL MONUMENT asking them to direct covers to the correct USPS address if they could not provide a special cancel. I just received the covers back with a nice letter that they had no knowledge of any special pictorial cancels for the event so I have re-sent them to the 3600 Aolele Street publicized in the USPS Bulletin.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Dec 2016 7:10pm EST) : The return address that sent the Pearl Harbor covers was Naval Station MOU No 1, US Postal Service. Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-6000, so someone had to forward my covers from 3600 Aolele Street, Honolulu, HI 96820-9998 to them.`
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Dec 2016 7:05pm EST) : Sent two separate mailings to 75th Anniversary Station - 3600 Aolele Street, Honolulu, HI for the special pictorial for Pearl Harbor and received today−-−- Covers (6) with a circular postmark from Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 2016 WITHOUT THE PICTORIAL. Why even bother to send to the correct address for a pictorial when it goes somewhere else and you don't even get what you asked for. They even enclosed my original letter of request for the pictorial that included the correct address in the letter header. This gets so frustrating.... now to try and get the 75th Anniversary pictorial I wanted in the first place.. Anyone else experience this?
  • Lbbrennan (11 Dec 2016 10:14am EST) : Checking in
  • esink (09 Dec 2016 8:51pm EST) : Nicely done historic LOG for Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary, Richard...received my hard copy on Tuesday.
  • john macco (09 Dec 2016 5:57pm EST) : I wanted to let all who had a part in the December Log that I read all articles and learned something about the events around Pearl Harbor that I did not know. Great job to all who contributed and had to do with the publication. Great job by all.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Dec 2016 11:22am EST) : Was anyone able to get "Ballot" verification postmarks from ships not normally assigned a postmark? In years past I obtained numerous postmarks from the submarines and minesweeps but it proved to costly to do it this year.
  • Neal Mills (08 Dec 2016 6:42pm EST) : Thad - Thank you for the heads up and I think you're correct. Have sent covers for the last 3 LCS commissioning and am 0 for 3 on returns. Guess its time to stop wasting money on them.
  • Thad W. Kaczowski (08 Dec 2016 10:33am EST) : Neal - I'll bet you don't get anything back from USS Detroit. The LCS's do not return mail. I have NEVER received mail from any of them. Rich Hoffner explained in the Chat some time ago that the mail does not go to the ship but a shore facility and with the two different crews never ends up with someone on the ship. Hope you do get something back and if you do make sure you report it here. LCS's are a dead end for mail.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (07 Dec 2016 9:07pm EST) : Thanks Elgin. Great Story. Gonna share it around.
  • esink (07 Dec 2016 8:29pm EST) : interesting info for this special day...
  • Neal Mills (07 Dec 2016 7:25pm EST) : Thad - Your response made me go look again.... I did get the Detroit pictorial back. Its the ship covers that are still in the wind. The Baltimore cancels for Zumwalt were over-inked but I got two that were okay.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Dec 2016 7:19pm EST) : Neal - Yes, my USS Detroit pictorials arrived a week or so after the event from Detroit and were very well done. I wish I could say the same about those done for the USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 from Baltimore, they were awful.
  • Neal Mills (06 Dec 2016 12:50pm EST) : My Murtha pictorials also arrived yesterday and are well done. Has anyone received pictorial cancels from Detroit, MI for USS Detroit?
  • Tom Kean [Member] (06 Dec 2016 12:01pm EST) : My USS John P. Murtha covers with pictorial cancels arrived yesterday also and were really well done.
  • esink (05 Dec 2016 9:39pm EST) : Superb FREE frank received today from VFA-32 on USS EISENHOWER with handwritten corner card and clear type (unknown?) cancel (no unit) dtd NOV 21, 2016.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (05 Dec 2016 8:34pm EST) : Paper LOG arrived in Colorado just in time for the storm that starts tomorrow. Great looking edition. Thanks for a great job Richard and all the PH article authors.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Dec 2016 7:53pm EST) : The pictorial from Philadelphia for the commissioning of the USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 came through and were excellent.
  • John Young (05 Dec 2016 3:24pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    Hard copy of December Log arrived in
    lower Hudson Valley today, with the list
    of candidates and ballot. Do forget to vote early before the Christmas card rush.

    New Jersey Chapter meets tomorrow
    evening at Phil Schreiber's apartment,
    Tuesday, December 6th, 7:30PM

    Wednesday in 12/7/16- Pearl Harbor Remembrace Day & fly the flag at half
  • Lbbrennan (04 Dec 2016 11:00am EST) : Great december log for special anniversary of PH Attack

    Rich. Sorry about the fish. Wonder if the emperor has similar problems.
  • Lbbrennan (04 Dec 2016 10:57am EST) : Nj postal history journal published my article about USS UTAH built in camden nj and sunk at pearl harbor.
  • esink (03 Dec 2016 8:45pm EST) : Mail finally arrived 5:40 PM, but no paper LOG; new USPS (New Cumberland) record for late mail delivery...Thad, have not received my USS ARIZONA (Brooklyn) covers either. I also thought I would have gotten my USS THEO ROOSEVELT covers from the ship by now, but not so.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Dec 2016 8:14pm EST) : Speaking of pictorials ... what's going on at Norfolk? Sharon Gregory in customer relations is usually pretty good about getting things out. Waiting for USS Theodore Roosevelt 30th Anniversary (both from Norfolk and ship) - 10/25/16, USS California SSN 781 - 5th Anniversary - 10/29/16. Never did get USS Arizona 100th Anniversary from Brooklyn - 10/16/16.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (03 Dec 2016 6:36pm EST) : No joy today Rich. Maybe Monday. Mine are usually timely, so I am fine with it.
  • esink (03 Dec 2016 4:45pm EST) : me too...waiting for today's delivery which is unusually late.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (03 Dec 2016 3:35pm EST) : Hi Rich - no LOG yet in my mailbox, but still waiting for today's delivery.
  • Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:49pm EST) : Did your covers for MURTHA cancel in Philly return?

    Contacted Philadelphia retail yesterday and they were silent on the pictorial cancel for MURTHA. I suspect they dropped the ball, but pointed questions seemed to awaken them. I have a feeling they are just waking up to the fact that they need to order the device. We shall see. This has happened to several pictorials over the past few eyars, and when they finally ordered the device, it was produced from a degraded faxed copy, and didn't look so good.
  • Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:38pm EST) : Pondering. Navy PEO folks faced with so many problems with LCS vessels, the Navy considering changing them to FF's. Much has been said about them being under-gunned and with little serf-protection. Aluminum hulls are soft. Will a change to FF make them be more survivable? Will larger guns help? If these major changes are developed (how many years will be needed) and will the size of the crews increase? Will post office be necessary aboard the new class of FF's? Perhaps they will not have three or four crews per ship as the current LCS program has.
  • Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:32pm EST) : With a "defroster" in the pond, we decided to let the Koi winter-over. Won't matter now as a heron visited and had a very large lunch. 11 Koi KIA. Are heron a protected species?
  • Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:27pm EST) : Word is that if Honolulu HI post office is swamped with 75th Anniversary requests, they will forward overload to "the caves" to be done.
  • Rich H (03 Dec 2016 2:23pm EST) : Any December Logs delivered yet? No periodical or First Class Log here yet in the Indian Valley of SE PA.
  • esink (02 Dec 2016 5:50pm EST) : Future cover possibilities for ORION MISSIONS?
  • esink (01 Dec 2016 2:50pm EST) : USS MURTHA COMMISSIONING covers (2) finally received today with nice cancel and ship cancel...cancel completely missed one stamp on one cover and other just barely “tied”. ‘Glad I got the covers back at all.
  • esink (01 Dec 2016 2:33pm EST) : Cover Possibilities: Navy Releases Official Logo for 75th Anniversary of WWII:
  • esink (30 Nov 2016 6:51am EST) : Looks like a great issue, Richard...much history and will be thoroughly enjoyed when more time to read.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Nov 2016 12:08am EST) : 300+ eLOGs for December have been sent to members requesting the service.

    For eLOG only members, Steve Shay has mailed your paper ballots for the election of officers.

    For those who receive a paper copy of the LOG, the ballot is part of the outer cover.

    Please vote and send your ballots to the Ballot Counting Committee.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Nov 2016 11:31am EST) : In the morning mail to you Richard.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Nov 2016 10:16pm EST) : Will do Richard... but cannot be a scan (problem) but will send a copy by snail mail.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (27 Nov 2016 1:44pm EST) : Thad
    Please send me a scan of the Bulkeley cover. I have an article for the January LOG that would be enhanced with this new cancel.

    Thank you.

    Richard Jones
    Log editor
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Nov 2016 4:07pm EST) : Covers received today - USS Blue Ridge LCC 19 - November 8, 2016 - Excellent Cancel - Unit type - 100102 and zip 96628 in cancel - no ships name.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Nov 2016 11:12am EST) : Covers that arrived yesterday - USS Sterett DDG 104 - November 1, 2016 - Excellent cancel - COPE must have cleaned out cabinet because I got covers I sent long ago also. USS Bulkeley DDG 84 - Excellent cancel but no year - November 14 - cancel has ships name but no designation (DDG 84) - This is the first cover received from this ship in over four years and I have sent to her many times.
  • Lbbrennan (25 Nov 2016 5:52pm EST) : Belatedly happy thanksgiving
  • esink (24 Nov 2016 11:41am EST) : Thanks, Tom...saw it already yesterday; will wait to see what I get back from other address and then take advantage of 30 day grace period for this address.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (24 Nov 2016 11:31am EST) : Elgin - today's 11/24) Postal Bulletin (#22455) lists this address for the 75th anniversary pictorial cancel as follows:

    75th Anniversary Station
    Marketing Office
    3600 Aolele Street - #106
    Honolulu, HI 96820-9998

    That's where I am sending mine.

    Happy Thanksgiving.
  • esink (24 Nov 2016 10:38am EST) : Have a GREAT Thanksgiving holiday to all USCS friends and families!
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (24 Nov 2016 10:07am EST) : Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy family and friends. Drive safely to your destinations--there are crazies on the road!
  • Tom Kean [Member] (22 Nov 2016 8:31pm EST) : Hi Dennis! For convenience, the USCS LOG also puts out a current list of ship addresses in its January edition. Periodic updates are also provided during the year. I used the website also, but with my cluttered desk, have found it easier to keep the January issue of the LOG handy (which I update when address changes come out). Welcome to the USCS! Great group of people and really helpful.
  • Dennis Gill (22 Nov 2016 2:04pm EST) : Neal Mills: thank you very much! Exactly what I was looking for.
  • Neal Mills (22 Nov 2016 10:42am EST) : Let me try that link again --
  • Neal Mills (22 Nov 2016 10:40am EST) : Dennis Gill - Addresses for Navy commands are in an instruction called the Standard Navy Distribution List (SNDL). A copy can be found at

    Enter the name of the ship and the address should pop up.
  • Dennis Gill (22 Nov 2016 1:40am EST) : Tom Kean, could you tell me the address where you mailed the USS Milius 20th anniversary covers? I'm a new USCS member and I'm still sorting things out, especially mailing addresses for covers to be cancelled. Is there a place that lists all addresses? Thanks very much.
  • esink (21 Nov 2016 10:21pm EST) : After some research, I am trying this address as a last attempt for Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary cancels (unless anybody knows of a better place):
    National Park Service
    WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
    1845 Wasp Blvd. Bldg. 176
    Honolulu, HI 96818
  • Tom Kean [Member] (21 Nov 2016 7:04pm EST) : Received today - USS Milius 20th anniversary covers. Over inked cancels, but the ship's name can at least be made out. Interesting the cancel is upright and the date plug is vertical. That's a new one for me. The handstamp of the ship's crest was inked perfectly. 11/20 was the anniversary date and is in the cancel - SASE was postmarked San Diego on the 16th.
  • esink (21 Nov 2016 5:52pm EST) : FYI.....If you haven’t sent to the PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL address reported (chat: 09 Nov 2016 7:18pm EST)yet, DON’T!...Just received my covers sent NOV 12 back yellow stickered as “not deliverable as addressed-unable to forward”...Let me know if you get a better address.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Nov 2016 2:20pm EST) : John Zaranek. Small world! Any chance you knew the late George Benz? An avid U S Coast Guard collector and a columnist in the USCS publication, the LOG.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Nov 2016 2:18pm EST) : Well, winter not expected here until mid December. But, mother nature gave us sleet and snow last night. No accumulation, but it did cover autos and sidewalks. Very cold today with high winds. Koi in the pond are puzzled. We had two warm days and now near freezing temps. They like cold water, but like it to come a little slower so they can adjust. Me, no, I am not adjusting well.
  • guest_7617 (19 Nov 2016 2:14pm EST) : Hello Rich Hoffner,
    Thank you about the information to contact John Lesak, I do know John, but I was not aware that he was a former member of the group.

    John C Zaranek
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2016 7:00pm EST) : From your Webmaster: Every once in a while I check and verify dealer listings on the USCS Website to see if there are any updates, corrections or additions needed. If you are a member/dealer and want to be listed, send me your information and I will have it added to the site. The site can be seen at
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2016 5:54pm EST) : Replacement, well actually original covers never returned, so these are not replacement covers, but Kansas City MO Cancellations Division has procured the Apr 1, 2016 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation for Corpus Christi TX. Some covers did return to some collectors, others never returned. The covers I sent to Kansas City returned, with superb cancels. Actually, is is not the original cancel used by Corpus Christi. It is a bit smaller then those that did return from Corpus Christi. I sent a nice thank you note to Kansas City and received a reply today that they will keep the cancel for another month for anyone who wants replacements or wants to send covers.

    Address to send is:

    Stamp Fulfillment Services, USPS
    Attn: Cynthia Weigel
    Cancellation Services
    100th Anniv. Coast Guard Aviation Sta. Corpus Christi
    8300 Underground Dr., Pillar 210
    Kansas City, MO 64144-0001
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2016 5:41pm EST) : John C. Zaranek. You might try to contact John A. Lesak, a cover dealer and former member of the USS Buffalo Chapter. He lives in Buffalo. You can google him and White Pages and you will find a phone number.
  • Steve Shay (18 Nov 2016 8:34am EST) : John C Zaranek, please e mail me at regarding the Buffalo Chapter
  • Lbbrennan (18 Nov 2016 8:14am EST) : checking in. Good day all
  • Tom Kean [Member] (17 Nov 2016 8:35pm EST) : Elgin - I sent mine to Theodore Roosevelt on 9/8 and haven't received anything back to date.
  • Neal Mills (17 Nov 2016 2:39pm EST) : Elgin, mine also haven't come back yet.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Nov 2016 8:46am EST) : Elgin - I have covers out to Theodore Roosevelt for 30th Anniversary both to the ship and Norfolk and neither have been returned as of yet.
  • esink (16 Nov 2016 8:23pm EST) : Did anybody that may have sent covers for Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) 30th Anniversary (OCT 25) get them back yet?
  • guest_9434 (16 Nov 2016 3:04pm EST) : Hello Steve Shay,

    Thank you for the information. Do you or anyone happen to know any board members.

    John C Zaranek, Retired Member Buffalo Fire Department
  • Tom Kean [Member] (16 Nov 2016 2:51pm EST) : Thanks so much Steve and Elgin! Very helpful. Many years ago I belonged to the MPHS but drifted off for some reason I don't recall. May have to rejoin! I am an APS member and will go look at that article now.
  • esink (16 Nov 2016 1:46pm EST) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS SAN JACINTO CG-56 with rubber stamp corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear cancel (no unit number) dtd OCT 28 2016.
  • Steve Shay (16 Nov 2016 12:57pm EST) : John, the Buffalo Chapter is long defunct I'm sorry to say.
  • guest_7596 (16 Nov 2016 10:43am EST) : Dear Sir,

    I am looking for some information regarding a cover I have in my fire collection. It was cancelled in Buffalo, NY on March 17, 1985 with a Fireboat Station 'Edward M Cotter' 1910-1985.

    It was issued by the USS Buffalo Chapter 89 U.S.C.S.. It is my understanding this chapter was serving Buffalo, NY & Southern Ontario Region. I beleive it was organized in 1984. What I am looking for who were the board members of this group. Are the still a viable chapter.

    I thank you for your time and co-operation.

    John C Zaranek, Retired Member Buffalo Fire Department
  • Steve Shay (16 Nov 2016 8:41am EST) : This Military Postal History Society publishes reference books with the Navy, Marine, Army and Air Force numbers. Marine 300 was at the Savaii, West Somoa Detachment in May 42.
  • esink (15 Nov 2016 3:50pm EST) : Tom, the March 2016 "APS Journal' has an extensive article on Wake Island postal history (including a cancel like the one you referenced in Figure 20)...perhaps that article might prove useful.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (14 Nov 2016 9:46pm EST) : Question - Having sorted through all my ship covers, I am left with a handful of covers with US Navy postmarks and return addresses I am having trouble getting info on. For example, I have one cover dated 16 May 1942 with and U.S, Navy generic cancel that has REMEMBER/WAKE ISLAND in the killer bars and a return address for Unit #300 USMC. Any ideas for sourcing this kind of thing? I have tried Google, multiple USMC related history sites, etc. and can't seem to get down to the level of 'unit'. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (14 Nov 2016 9:27pm EST) : More pictorials - 100th anniversary of USS Arizona (Brooklyn NY cancel 11/16/16). Under-inked and over-struck but legible all around.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (12 Nov 2016 5:15pm EST) : Not sure how that happy face got into the post just sent - replaced the '8'. Technology that escapes me...........
  • Tom Kean [Member] (12 Nov 2016 5:14pm EST) : Related to the quality of pictorial cancels - I received today both covers back with the USS Asheville (SSN 758) 25th anniversary cancels (Norfolk, VA) - bother were very clean and just 'kissed' the stamps. Well done on those.
  • esink (12 Nov 2016 2:14pm EST) : My USS GONZALES 20th Anniversary covers previously reported on (20 Oct 2016 1:32pm EDT) chat were returned for re-processing and received today with great cancels this time including ship cachet, and original commissioning day cancel from 1996. 'Will send a thank you note for this great processing job...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Nov 2016 9:39pm EST) : The zip code in the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary that shows Dorie Miller shooting Japanese planes has the zip code of 96818 in it but I wonder if they will be serviced at 3600 Aolele Street, Honoulu HI 96820-9661. Hope someone can clear it up.
  • esink (09 Nov 2016 7:18pm EST) : Neal, unless I can get a better USPS address, I will be sending covers to: PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL,
    1 ARIZONA MEMORIAL PLACE, HONOLULU, HI 96818 in hopes that it can be directed to the right place...
  • Neal Mills (09 Nov 2016 4:33pm EST) : Which post officer is servicing covers with the pictorial cancellation for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor?
  • Tom Kean [Member] (08 Nov 2016 5:55pm EST) : Thad - my 2nd Zumwalt/Baltimore cover arrived today. This was had the ship's name and hull designation over-inked and illegible. I guess I should be thankful I got a very nice one of the two I sent - or rather my youngest grandson got a very nice one, and my great-granddaughter did not. Sorry about yours.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (07 Nov 2016 5:54pm EST) : Sorry to hear that Thad. I will let you know about the cancel if the other Zumwalt cover shows up. Elgin - thanks for the heads up on the John C. Stennis and the 75th anniversary event at PH.
  • esink (06 Nov 2016 5:14pm EST) : Too nice a day in most places to be on the chat page, I guess...
  • lbbrennan (06 Nov 2016 4:13pm EST) : Checking in
  • esink (05 Nov 2016 11:24pm EDT) : Cover possibilities: USS JOHN C STENNIS will participate at 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Pacific Command event.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Nov 2016 7:41pm EDT) : Tom, you are lucky. I got two more Baltimore (Zumwalt) today and were again over inked and trashed. I must have had the guy that thought the more ink the better. I also have been short changed on my covers from them I had three separate mailings of two covers each total of six and have four - all bad and two MIA. That's a loss of $5.64 - nothing to show for it.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (05 Nov 2016 6:07pm EDT) : Thad - I got a Baltimore pictorial back yesterday with a very clean cancel. Only problem is I sent two covers and only got one back in the SASE. The other is probably in someone else's SASE - which on occasion I have received someone else's and send them along to the owner. Interestingly, only one time has that person ever dropped me a thank you line.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Nov 2016 8:11pm EDT) : Cover received today - Another USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 pictorial from Baltimore - over inked and smeared - another for the trash. Anyone get Murtha pictorial from Philadelphia? This is another post office that I haven't had luck with so not expecting much here either.
  • esink (04 Nov 2016 2:56pm EDT) : NZ Royal Navy is celebrating 75th Anniversary with USS SAMPSON DDG-102 participating and first American navy ship to visit NZ in 30 years. International Naval Review in Auckland Harbour between 17 and 22 November...details:
  • esink (03 Nov 2016 9:16pm EDT) : I wonder how long it will take for the ZUMWALT to send out commissioning day covers from the ship. It is my understand that these will be backdated to the commissioning date of 15 OCT when the ship's post office is set up on the west coast.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (03 Nov 2016 8:49pm EDT) : Thad - doesn't hurt to try. I got some back that way, but maybe its a local decision (I don't know). Interestingly, on a bunch of occasions I didn't even have to send them back - the local folks sent me my crummy one back with an apology note and franked replacement envelope (or postcard) with a clean cancel. I always send a note thanking them when that happens. Never tracked how often that happened though. I collect pictorials for my grandkids and probably send out 20+ a month. Good luck.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Nov 2016 4:20pm EDT) : Question - If pictorial cancellation is terrible can you send it back to the issuing post office for a replacement without having to a fix another stamp?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Nov 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Covers back today - USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 - Commissioning pictorial Baltimore - terrible cancellation (scrap) and not all were returned in SASE. Covers for USS Illinois SSN commissioning at Groton and USS LaJolla SSN 701 35th Anniversary from Groton all were excellent.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (02 Nov 2016 12:00am EDT) : Received hard copy of the LOG today.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Nov 2016 11:27am EDT) : And in case you have not noticed, "Chicken Little, the sky is falling" ! Don't forget to vote!
  • ex-PMR from Earlington PA (01 Nov 2016 11:25am EDT) : I will ask again if Corpus CHristi TX was asked about the covers that did not return. Rich Hoffner
  • Your friendly ex-PMR from Earl (01 Nov 2016 11:24am EDT) : News about the 4-1-16 Corpus Christi TX 100th Anniv. U S Coast Guard Aviation pictorial cancels:

    Weigel, Cynthia M - Kansas City, MO

    8:40 AM (2 hours ago)

    to me

    Good Morning Mr. Hoffner,

    I received the stamp device from Corpus Christi today for the 100th Anniversary of the US Coast Guard Aviation Station. If you would like to send in all the covers that has bad cancels we will exchange them. You may also send any covers that did not receive a cancel and we will take care of everything here at SFS. If possible could you let me know when all covers have been sent to SFS. I apologize for the inconvenience this issue has caused.

    Please mail all covers to:

    Stamp Fulfillment Services

    Cancellation Services Attention: Cynthia Weigel

    8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210

    Kansas City, MO 64144-9998

    Thank You,

    Cynthia Weigel

    Unfortunately, the message did not address missing covers that were sent and never returned. Rich Hoffner
  • esink (31 Oct 2016 6:22pm EDT) : Great NOV hardcopy LOG issue received in central PA Susquehanna River area...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Oct 2016 5:23pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Makin Island LHD 8 - October 19, 2016 - Both covers were over inked and not collectible.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Oct 2016 4:56pm EDT) : 300 eLOGs have been sent.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Oct 2016 4:54pm EDT) : eLog received... Great issue Richard.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Oct 2016 9:12pm EDT) : Following covers arrived today - USS Chicago SSN 721 - 30th Anniversary - Norfolk, VA pictorial Sep 27, 2016 and USS Paul Hamilton DDG 60 - Excellent cancel - September 20, 2016. The covers coming back have been excellent cancels.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Oct 2016 1:57pm EDT) : I had several questions about ILLINOIS commissioning date recently.

    Sorry to say I advised several members that the date had slipped into December.

    My Bad! It did not slip. The Commissioning is tomorrow. There is a pictorial in place for the event.
  • Keith MacKay (28 Oct 2016 12:19pm EDT) : I'm looking for US naval covers cancelled in my hometown, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, during the 1930s. Hoping to hear from someone who has some and willing to part with same. My email address is
  • Neal Mills (28 Oct 2016 10:53am EDT) : Received Murtha covers from the ship but nothing yet from Philadelphia.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Oct 2016 10:22am EDT) : Covers from commissioning of USS Detroit came yesterday from Detroit, nicely done. Hope the Murtha from Philadelphia arrive.
  • esink (27 Oct 2016 8:53pm EDT) : My MURTHA commissioning day (FPO)covers from the ship have not arrived yet...has anybody else besides Rich and Thad received theirs yet?
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 5:13pm EDT) : My CHEYENNE (9-13-16) came in today. Not the design as we submitted! The outer line was the shape of Wyoming. Someone "squared" it off, guess they thought they were being helpful!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Oct 2016 3:44pm EDT) : Rich - Texas SSN 775 - 10th Anniv, Cheyenne SSN 773 20th Anniv are the last received from Norfolk. Have Asheville SSN 758 25th Anniv, Theodore Roosevelt CVN 71 30th Anniv., California SSN 781 5th Anniv still out. The Asheville is from 9/28.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:59pm EDT) : Does anyone know when MURTHA had FDPS?
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:58pm EDT) : Also have cover from MURTHA dated Oct 3, the date she arrived at Philadelphia's Penns' Landing.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:57pm EDT) : JOHN P MURTHA covers have an error on both cancels. This is a catalog variance. I would think that in a year or so we will see new cancels aboard with a "P" in the postmarks.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:53pm EDT) : Navy tells world to expect more missile attacks on ships. Seems they are not prepared to stomp out the threats, just warm sailors to expect the attacks to be the norm.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:52pm EDT) : I have left several updates about ZUMWALT hot having a post office aboard and she is reporting she will catch up to her postal equipment in San Diego and service covers on Commissioning Day. I now read she is staying on the east coast for further updates and crew training. So much for catching up with her postal equipment. Perhaps her SUPPO will simply ask for whatever is waiting for her in San Diego to be shipped east? Makes sense to me! Then again, with her being undermanned (can they admit that?), perhaps they did not even plan to have a post office. Undermanned, well, the LCS community did admit that the LCS ships are undermanned and changes are on the way to that community.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:45pm EDT) : I will probably be going to the USS New Jersey Chapter meeting next week with George Marcincin and Ron Finger. We have room for one more. Are you game? You won't get home until approx. 1 AM. I have a USCS circuit here and will take it to the meeting.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:41pm EDT) : Several event covers are languishing in Norfolk VA. Has anyone had their covers returned? I think I have four anniversary dates sitting there.
  • Rich Hoffner (27 Oct 2016 2:41pm EDT) : I have had several questions about a pictorial for USS ILLINOIS Commissioning. Date is 12-20-16 and there is a pictorial in place for Groton CT
  • Steve Shay (26 Oct 2016 8:32am EDT) : Frank, your cards were shipped yesterrday
  • guest_3262 (25 Oct 2016 11:45am EDT) : I have not received my order of USS Ranger and USS Constellation cancellation/post card.

    Frank Nolan

    I have been billed by PayPal
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Oct 2016 7:16pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Essex LHD 2 - Excellent cancel - October 18, 2016. Cancel USS Essex LHD 2 FPO AP 96643 in cancel with black ink and date of Oct 18, 2016 in red ink.
  • s. milstein (23 Oct 2016 10:20am EDT) : Sales Circuits will start going out again after Nov 1st. I am in transit to Tucson from Brooklyn.
  • s. milstein (23 Oct 2016 10:19am EDT) : A winter World Series - Cleveland and Chicago.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Oct 2016 5:20pm EDT) : While filing away the Carney covers I now see the why the COPE used April 13th - it's the Carney's anniversary of commissioning.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Oct 2016 5:10pm EDT) : Covers arrived today - USS Carney DDG 64 - April 13. 2016 (yes, April) - Excellent cancels - Returned all covers I had sent to them over the past year and with a note "sorry for the delay". There is still hope for those covers out there.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Oct 2016 7:50pm EDT) : Elgin - Unit type from Gonzales must be real new since mine were with the old ships name from the mass mailing this summer. I too am going to send for the new unit cancel.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Oct 2016 7:48pm EDT) : Elgin - the covers I mentioned below were FDC from the ship - USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 - they were serviced perfectly. Yours are probably still on the way.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Oct 2016 7:47pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS John P Murtha LPD 26 - FDC - October 8, 2016 - Excellent cancel - Rich Hoffner cover service; USS Curtis Wilbur DDG 54 - Unit/FPO type cancel no ships name - August 23, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
  • esink (20 Oct 2016 1:32pm EDT) : Received OCT 12 USS GONZALES 20th Anniversary covers (with the original "First Day in Commission" cancel included)with the cancel used for the anniversary (which was new unit type ? cancel too light to be appreciated)...May send them back to see if they can be re-done.
  • esink (19 Oct 2016 6:56pm EDT) : Thad-...nor have I received my USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 commissioning day covers from the ship.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Oct 2016 2:20pm EDT) : Elgin - Hope to get my Nitze covers as part of the mass mailing but so far nothing from her.
  • esink (17 Oct 2016 10:43pm EDT) : Nice FREE franks received today from USS NITZE DDG 94 with rubber stamp (unit) corner card, no ship cachet, and clear (no) unit (included) type ? cancel dtd SEP 12, 2016. USS NITZE was the ship that struck three radar sites last week on Yemen's Red Sea coast because of recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Oct 2016 8:21pm EDT) : I just noticed on the covers from the USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 that the cancel or the giant type 9 does not have the "P". The cachet has USS John P. Murtha.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Oct 2016 2:31pm EDT) : USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 FDC covers arrived today - October 8, 2016 - Excellent cancel
  • esink (16 Oct 2016 10:10pm EDT) : Just bought the DECEMBER "Sea Classics" magazine which is a great special Pearl Harbor 75TH Anniversary issue...also included in the same issue is an interesting article on the Panay Sinking with two illustrated navy covers from that Yangtze gunboat era.
  • esink (15 Oct 2016 11:10pm EDT) : Just returned home from Baltimore for USS ZUMWALT commissioning ceremonies...very impressive ceremony with many dignitaries, navy (military and civilian) including SECNAV who delivered keynote speech. USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as Fleet Week participants are docked next to the ZUMWALT...Blue Angels made several passes during the air show before the ceremony began. USS ZUMWALT is an unbelievable ship and quite a sight to behold!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Oct 2016 5:29pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Laboon DDG 58 - Excellent cancel - August 18, 2016; USS Chafee DDG 90 - Excellent cancel - September 16, 2016.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (13 Oct 2016 7:37pm EDT) : Happy Navy Birthday
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Oct 2016 8:39pm EDT) : Covers received today from USS Ross DDG 71 - Excellent cancel - August 27, 2016. Covers have been slow in coming back from my mass mailing but the covers that have been returned for the most part have been excellent cancels.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (12 Oct 2016 12:08pm EDT) : Mike - Guest_9815. Back home now. As to the postcard you mentioned. The USS South Dakota (ACR-9) was an armored cruiser that was renamed in 1920 as USS Huron (CA-9). Much of what you see online about USS South Dakota is related to the World War II battleship - not the same ship on your postcard. At the time the postcard was dated she visited a number of countries in the Orient, including China. While envelopes/cancels can carry different values depending on scarcity (and other factors sometimes), all of the cancels from the USS South Dakota at the time are listed as either scarce or rare depending on their classification according to the 1997 5th Ed., of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society's Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks. Eleven different cancels are shown from that ship in the catalog - one of which (LOCY Type 9w) is listed as in use from 1912 and R3 rare meaning only 6-10 covers known. The US Naval Cover Museum ( has a couple covers from the ship illustrated - you may want to look and see if any have similar cancels to yours. Also, I am curious as how the information about it being Independence Day (by the date in the cancel or the words inserted in the killer bars of the cancel or some other way) and also the location as Shanghai (again, words inserted in the killer bars of the cancel or part of the message on the card). I can't help you with the value of the cover per se, but it is certainly not a common cover as far as I can tell and is a nice piece to have inherited. Best wishes.
  • John Young (12 Oct 2016 7:50am EDT) : Guest 755: Back in 1950, first class rate was three cents, but you could mail Christmas cards for two cents provided it was unsealed.

    You cover was probably canceled on the ship and dropped into the our mail
    system where it was over-canceled in
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Oct 2016 7:55pm EDT) : Covers arrived today - USS Gridley DDG 101 - Excellent cancels - September 28, 2016.
  • Rich H (08 Oct 2016 12:01pm EDT) : After seeing hulk and the missile damage to HSV-2 SWIFT, it apparent that our Navy must rethink their concept of the Littoral Combat Ship. Construction should stop immediately. Just ask the Brits about the HMS Sheffield during the Falklands War. Aluminum does not fare well in combat.
  • Rich H (08 Oct 2016 11:54am EDT) : I was,advised that they have ordered their postal supplies and will get them on arrival at San Diego.
  • Rich H (08 Oct 2016 11:51am EDT) : According to the Command Master Chief aboard Zumwalt, they have been advised by the Forces Postal Officer (no clue what that is) who visited that they are to cancel all covers sent for Commissiong when they get their postmarks. Could that be gundecking?
  • guest_755 (08 Oct 2016 10:52am EDT) : Howdy, I'm going through my dad's stuff and found a box of "covers". one in particular caught my attention due to it having 2 postage cancellations. the cover has the USS New Jersey celebrates Christmas 1950. one postmark is from the ship the other is a Brooklyn cancellation. any ideas why one envelope would carry two postmarks?


  • esink (07 Oct 2016 10:09pm EDT) : Followup on (06 Oct 2016 2:20pm EDT) posting: After sending this out, noted actual commissioning date for USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52)...(from more than one website) was 20 SEP, not 30 SEP as listed in anniversary section of LOGs...
  • Tom Kean [Member] (06 Oct 2016 7:29pm EDT) : Mike (Guest_9185). I am traveling right now but will reply with info when I get back next week.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (06 Oct 2016 7:19pm EDT) : Good luck Richard!
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (06 Oct 2016 2:57pm EDT) : Standing by for heavy seas here in East coast Flori duh.

    Beach side evacuated. Cooking turkey breast for supper while we have power.
  • esink (06 Oct 2016 2:20pm EDT) : Nice covers received today from USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52) done on 30th Anniversary SEP 30, 2016 with new unit type (?) cancel, ship cachet and hand-written corner card; also "directory service markings" and red cancel on back.
  • John Young (06 Oct 2016 8:19am EDT) : Sorry I missed New Jersey Chapter meeting last night
  • guest_1300 (06 Oct 2016 8:17am EDT) : Forgot to Log in JOHN YOUNG
  • guest_1300 (06 Oct 2016 8:16am EDT) : Larry, If memory selves me right look for September 1933, as there is a extra page containing a copy of USCS Constitution and By-Laws that was approved on September 30, 1932

    The first USCS Bulletin was dated October 15, 1832
  • Tom Kean [Member] (03 Oct 2016 5:42pm EDT) : My mailed LOG arrived on Monday 10/3/16 in great shape.
  • Rich guest_4418 Hoffner (03 Oct 2016 1:39am EDT) : Peggy's periodical Log arrived Friday in SE PA. Hopefully my First Class mail Log will be here today, Monday.
  • guest_4418 (03 Oct 2016 1:36am EDT) : Forerunner of EPF's hit be missile and apparently sunk yesterday. HSV-2 SWIFT was being operated under contract by UAE and reports say Houthi rebels sunk her. Video on YouTube. Aluminum burns very hot a bright. Hope we are not expecting to ever deploy our EPF's in combat or close to where one could be hit by a missile.
  • guest_9185 Porritt,Michael (02 Oct 2016 11:35pm EDT) : Hello and forgive me if this is the wrong forum.
    I've inherited an Independence Day post card from the USS South Dakota Shanghi China 1912 with a South Dakota cancel. Would this be uncommon?..rare??...uninteresting???
    Thank you, Mike.
  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (02 Oct 2016 10:26am EDT) : That's progress: getting rid of ratings. Why not also get rid of officer's ranks and just call them what they are: O-1, O-2, 0-3 & etc. The media is doing it with the U.S.A. when they refer to the President as "potus." When is progress not progress?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Oct 2016 5:51pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Monterey CG 61 - Excellent cancel - August 28, 2016; USS Whidbey Island LSD 41 - Good cancel - August 27, 2016.
    October Log arrived in Pittsburgh today.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Oct 2016 3:03pm EDT) : I even received my October Log today.

    Wife can't figure out why I needed to read it!
  • esink (01 Oct 2016 10:35am EDT) : Periodical rate October LOG received in early mail today in rainy central PA; superb issue!
  • esink (30 Sep 2016 9:08pm EDT) : Richard, Thanks much for the USNS CARSON CITY address...
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 8:51pm EDT) : Got Tom Kean's cover from Spruance and it still has the DGG 111 error reported earlier in the Naval Cover Museum
  • Tom Kean [Member] (30 Sep 2016 4:46pm EDT) : Two covers returned today (9/30/16) with 5th anniversary cancels from USS Spruance (DDG 111). One of them has a nicely applied and inked cancel and cachet; the other has a poorly inked cachet and and poorly applied cancel. I have send Richard Jones a scan of the good one.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (30 Sep 2016 3:08pm EDT) : Rich - I got mine back from Corpus Christi. The cancel was OK but unevenly inked.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (30 Sep 2016 3:05pm EDT) : No LCS covers for me. I agree with Rich's idea. What few sub covers I get back almost always have the feel of someone not from the boat itself servicing them - although a couple of those have been creative in trying to honor the requests.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 2:51pm EDT) : Navy screwing with tradition AGAIN

    Effective immediately, Sailors in paygrades E1-E3 will be addressed as “Seaman,” E4-E6 will be called “Petty Officer Third/Second/First Class” as appropriate, and Senior enlisted in paygrades E7-E9 will be “Chief,” “Senior Chief,” or “Master Chief” depending on their paygrade.

    I'm surprised they did use extreme PC and call them Seapersons!

    Master Chief JONES! Where is my BM?

    Ohhhh--the Navy leadership has it!
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 2:43pm EDT) : ELgin
    100 ADDSCO RD
    MOBILE AL 36633
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Sep 2016 2:33pm EDT) : Elgin will do...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Sep 2016 2:32pm EDT) : Rich - Yes, I did get covers back from 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation 4-1-16 from Corpus Christi, TX
  • esink (30 Sep 2016 2:01pm EDT) : Thad: If possible, please send your email address so we can share cover return info:
  • esink (30 Sep 2016 1:57pm EDT) : Sent covers to other participating ships for Fleet Week in Baltimore: USS MESA VERDE, LEYTE GULF; and JASON DUNHAM. Already sent covers for ZUMWALT commissioning a couple weeks ago. Anybody know FPO address for USNS CARSON CITY (could not locate)?
  • esink (30 Sep 2016 1:51pm EDT) : Great Oct eLOG received yesterday; interesting issue as usual.
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Sep 2016 1:46pm EDT) : Did anyone get covers back sent to Corpus Christi TX for the 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation on 4-1-16? I asked Kansas City Cancellations Division to check what happened to the covers and they want to know if others also did not get covers back. I did not and Jimmy Jordan also sent and nothing came back. Are there others?
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Sep 2016 1:43pm EDT) : Thad, quite right on LCS covers. I think the fact that they each have several crews, each with a specific name and address causes the lack of covers. Our covers possibly do not reach a crew. Perhaps they reach a squadron and get deep sixed there. There are now two squadrons, one on each coast. This might be where our covers end up.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Sep 2016 12:34pm EDT) : I happened to see the addresses for the new LCS's in the on-line October Log. Has anyone ever gotten covers back from an LCS? I cannot remember how many times I have sent to the LCS's and never get a reply... too bad, this is like the submarine portion of the afloat fleet... nothing ever returned.
  • Lbbrennan (30 Sep 2016 7:35am EDT) : Need to find the log. The anniversary of the creation of the USCS in 1932
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Sep 2016 12:25am EDT) : Great October Log arrived electronically tonight. Read the President's Message. Several items that are necessary for the future of the society. We Need You. Volunteer and get involved.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Sep 2016 12:03am EDT) : October eLOG has been sent to 300+ USCS members.

    Check your email inboxes for the file.

    Still need a few articles for November. December is totally full with Pearl Harbor articles.

    What can you write about for January 2017 issue?
  • Lbbrennan (29 Sep 2016 5:14pm EDT) : Thanks for updates
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Sep 2016 5:33pm EDT) : Cover received today: USS Germantown LSD 42 - Excellent cancel - Unit type cancel - September 1, 2016
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Sep 2016 8:54pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Somerset LPD 25 - Very Good cancel - September 7, 2016.
  • esink (27 Sep 2016 8:42pm EDT) : Hoping for one of those from the ship too, Rich. My ZUMWALT covers went last week.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Sep 2016 4:29pm EDT) : Rich - Hope you can get a T-F aboard USS Zumwalt before commisioning. I just mailled my covers to USS Zumwalt this morning along with USS John P. Murtha.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Sep 2016 4:27pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Stockdale DDG 105 - Good cancel but no date in cancel; USS Wayne E. Meyer DDG 108 - Excellent cancel - July 21, 2016. Both of these ships were difficult to get in the past by me.
  • Neal Mills (26 Sep 2016 4:25pm EDT) : Rich - Thank you for the info, and good luck.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Sep 2016 4:25pm EDT) : Address of LCS-5:

    Commanding Officer
    USS Montgomery LCS-5
    Unit 100244 Box 1
    FPO AP 96692

    Took a few days to get this right, as ship was reporting 10024 as unit #, which was incorrect.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Sep 2016 4:20pm EDT) : USS ZUMWALT - no postmarks aboard. Also word that LS will not be mail clerk, but an SH (ships serviceman) is handling their mail, possibly through the ships store. Mechanicsburg spokesman indicates they may get cancels when they arrive at their home-port of San Diego. Possibly someone dropped the ball here. I have proposed a T-F aboard, but no guarantee I can get that approved and in place by commissioning.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Sep 2016 8:15pm EDT) : Tom, keep us posted on submarine returns.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Sep 2016 8:13pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Boxer LHD 4 - Excellent cancel - September 9, 2016; USS Carl Vinson CVN 70 - Excellent cancel - August 26, 2016; USS Decatur DDg 73 - Excellent cancel - August 25, 2016 - this is the third cover received from this ship, two of these covers were originally sent a year ago. I guess someone came across them too.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (23 Sep 2016 7:51pm EDT) : I send to cover requests for all the 5-year anniversaries of ships in the fleet, even the submarines - though that's fruitless for the most part as we know. Today however, I had returned to me the two covers I sent for the 7/21, 25th anniversary of USS Kentucky (SSN 737). While my covers were not serviced, they were kind enough to send me 2, 8x10, official color photos of the ship along with 2 giant size ship stickers and one very large one (haven't seen these sizes before, and they certainly won't fit on an envelope. Nevertheless, I appreciate anything I can get from the subs, and along the way, I have gotten a couple of very creative items. The original envelope I sent the covers in was returned along with the cover letter, 2 envelopes and my SASE - no note accompanied the reply.
  • esink (22 Sep 2016 10:36pm EDT) : guest_6955 is me: esink
  • guest_6955 (22 Sep 2016 10:35pm EDT) : Interesting info on free mail tracking for military for the election:
  • Rich H (22 Sep 2016 1:18pm EDT) : So now an "engineering casualty" on the PCU ZUMWALT DDG-1000. Not good news for USN.
  • Rich H (22 Sep 2016 1:16pm EDT) : SecNav Mabus named two LCS's today. MARINETTE LCS-25 and MOBILE LCS-26. He has been on a naming spree this year. Will there be anything left for the next SECNAV to name?
  • guest_2384 (22 Sep 2016 1:13pm EDT) : Y.W.X. YOKE WHISKEY XRAY or YANKEE WHISKEY XRAY. Who is in charge of our flag bag on this site? Is there a Navy signal raising these three flags together on a ship? Any quartermasters or bos'nmates aboard?
  • Tom Kean [Member] (22 Sep 2016 1:07pm EDT) : Will do Neal - I actually have a number of covers I will be sending a copy of to the Museum once I get through my whole collection (I only have the w, x, y and z names to go). The more I looked into this after your suggestion of USS Viking, I am sure they are the same ship. That vessel had an interesting evolution from a minesweeper to salvage vessel. Thanks again.
  • Neal Mills (22 Sep 2016 12:46am EDT) : Tom Kean - Recommend you send a copy of the cover to the Naval Cover Museum. Greg C. is always looking for new covers to add.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 9:52pm EDT) : Oh - and there was no ship listing for Viking in the Naval Cover Museum. Thanks again Neal.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 9:51pm EDT) : Neal - thanks very much. It never occurred to me to try searching under USS Viking - another great lesson learned. I had tried SS Viking and Salvage Steamer Vicking, looked in the CG site. I also looked in the USCS Catalog and there was no Viking listed - but John Young taught me something about harbor ships not always being included. The cover I have is was cancelled 12 Mar 1946, so the dates work and I think you probably hit the nail on the head. Thanks so much.
  • Neal Mills (21 Sep 2016 8:12pm EDT) : Tom Kean - I'm shooting in the dark, but think the cover you have may be from USS Viking (ARS-1). Viking, a Lapwing-class minesweeper, had an interesting history. A link to her history follows:
  • Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 7:12pm EDT) : OK - so I have another question. I have a cover with a return address reading SALVAGE STEAMER VIKING / U.S. NAVY HARBOR CRAFT / BERTH 36 - SAN PEDRO, CALIF. Below that is a black handstamp reading GOVERNMENT BUSINESS / CONTRACT NObs-36. And below that an green anchor overprinted with UNITED STATES / NAVY. So I get this was a contract vessel, but haven't turned up any information on the ship, or and classification system for such ships. Is this an area people are collecting in the Naval Cover spectrum? Thanks again. Sorry for the endless questions. I have been documenting every cover in my collection, and am coming across various things I don't have the background in. Thanks for you patience and help.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 7:07pm EDT) : And thanks Phil too!
  • Tom Kean [Member] (21 Sep 2016 7:06pm EDT) : Thanks Neal, Thad and lbbrennan. Next time I will try that. I too have a dismal return rate generally compared to the pre-unit designation info. Haven't calculated it yet for this year, but probably the 30% mark is generous in my case.
  • Phil Schreiber 9110 (21 Sep 2016 1:04pm EDT) : Let's face it. Postmarks and mail by postal service is being overtaken by internet and cell phone communications. That does not mean the end of cover collecting, but adjusting to the evolving modes of communications. The USCS provides the means for sustaining our hobby and it is very good at it, thanks to their
    auctions and sales circuits and members getting together personally at meetings of all kinds.
  • lbbrennan (20 Sep 2016 9:14am EDT) : Tare Victor George was the old flag hoist for Well Done before Bravo Zulu.
  • lbbrennan (20 Sep 2016 9:13am EDT) : The struggle continues. Thanks for the updates and efforts to collect postmarks and cachets. it is dismal.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (20 Sep 2016 8:48am EDT) : Tom/Neal - I too have received the labels as you have and the address was correct. I resent the covers (two) but never received anything back. I am covering the ships with post offices and over the past months I have had less than a 30 per cent return rate (129 sent). The ships that never return covers continue to do so with the exception of two ships that I have been trying to get over the years. My last grand attempt after almost 50 years of collecting. Losses are too great.
  • Neal Mills (20 Sep 2016 12:08am EDT) : Tom Kean - I've had one request (to USS Emory S. Land) returned with a label like you received. The address was fine - I'd used it before with success. I covered the label and gave it to the postman. A couple of weeks later I got my covers. No idea who/where the rejection occurred.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (19 Sep 2016 3:49pm EDT) : Received back today, 9/19/16 a cover request to USS Ashville dated 9/7/16 with a yellow label saying RETURN TO SENDER / INSUFFICIENT ADDRESS / UNABLE TO FORWARD. I have had a couple of these this year. I double checked the address and it is correct - using the unit designation format. Is anyone else having this problem? Wondering where in the system this determination is being made. Thanks.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 7:13pm EDT) : Thanks again John! Always helpful. I did get a laugh at what popped up on Google when I just typed Y.W.X.
  • John Young (16 Sep 2016 4:57pm EDT) : Tom Kean:
    I believe Y.W.X. was flag & code alphabet for "Well done" while today it's Bravo Zulu
  • Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 1:44pm EDT) : I have another question. I have a 1934 Last Day In Commission cover from USS William B. Preston with YWX in the cancel dial, below the year, in capital letters, and Y. W. X. in the cachet. I haven't seen this before and can't locate any information via Google. I did see a couple covers in the Naval Cover Museum with the same marks. Does anyone know what this stands for? Thanks for your patience with my questions.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 12:42pm EDT) : lbbrennan thanks for the idea. Will keep looking.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (16 Sep 2016 12:38pm EDT) : Thanks Rich for the great suggestion about providing pictures of the cancels when multiple cancels/dates are in play.
  • lbbrennan (16 Sep 2016 10:14am EDT) : Possible Tom and John that it was the same man who was a temporary LT during WW I but reverted to enlisted grade and then eventually became a Warrant before retiring. Keep digging.
  • lbbrennan (16 Sep 2016 10:12am EDT) : Richard Great effort and report. Hope the BMCM brought good luck to the troubled class of small combatants.
  • lbbrennan (16 Sep 2016 10:11am EDT) : Great news about USCS convention postmarks and covers and the Decatur Chapter meeting . My barber tells me that he leaves his home in PA for Metuchen at 400 AM and awakens at 2:30 AM This makes clear the dedication and friendship of our Decatur friends who drive to the NJ chapter meetings regularly.
  • RIch Hoffner (15 Sep 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Page 54 of the 9-1-16 Postal Bulletin lists the USCS Convention cancels. There were three dates used with one design. But, each day the Falls Church VA post office was there with multiple cancels. First day of the show was a first day of issue, which added the FD cancel and a bulls eye along with the USCS and AFDCS pictorials. Day two gave us two pictorials, one for USCS and one for AFDCS, along with the two cancels from the FD of issue the day before. The final day of the show gave us the USCS pictorial, the AFDCS pictorial and a pictorial celebrating the ice cream stamps plus the two FD cancels from day one. I can imagine that if you don't submit a picture of the cancel you want, you would be at risk of getting the wrong cancel back.
  • Hoffner Farm (15 Sep 2016 4:07pm EDT) : Will host the Decatur Chapter Meeting this Sunday 1PM at my home. If lost, call me at 215-622-0139.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (15 Sep 2016 12:32pm EDT) : The September LOG showed 3 covers for the USCS Convention. But no post-convention ordering information was provided. I too got the Americover Station - Yellowstone back.....
  • Tom Kean [Member] (15 Sep 2016 12:28pm EDT) : Thanks John for your reply and, as always, helpful information. The Lt. on Kansas was also named as E. O. Tauer. I got this from the 1919 Navy Directory, pg 452 under STATIONS and was listed under: Sq 2, Div 3, Battleship Force, US Fleet and Stations, US Atlantic Fleet. That directory is some piece of work to wade through :-). Since it's the same last name and initials I wondered if that was just coincidence or actually the same guy. Thank again John - I appreciate it.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (14 Sep 2016 11:01pm EDT) : Went to Mobile AL for Saturday's commissioning of USS MONTGOMERY (LCS 8). Great looking ship right across from Austal's building sheds. You could see LCS 16 in the shed and 3 others in the river.

    Went to post office two blocks away and got covers cancelled.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Sep 2016 5:38pm EDT) : Covers received today: USS San Diego LPD 22, Very good cancel - September 9, 2016. Also sent for covers from the USCS Convention cancel at Falls Church, VA. but received useless covers from Americover Station - Yellowstone, a waste and trashed. I guess no USCS Convention covers this year.
  • John Young (14 Sep 2016 10:30am EDT) : Ahoy Tom: Regarding you inquiry on Tauer- the Warrant Officer aboard USS
    Texas first name was Eric with middle initial O and he served aboard thebattleship (1932-34) and USCS
    Bulletin (6/33) has him retiring from
    Navy- he wasn't the mail clerk but he
    handled covers for collectors.

    ANCS Roster (11/36) has him listed as
    ANCS #202, while he listed a second time as ANCS #550 with mailing add: Inspection Office, Naval Supply Depot,
    San Diego

    What was LT's name aboard KANSAS

    Hope this helps
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Sep 2016 8:59pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Hue City CG 66 -Very light cancel, boxed Unit cancel with ships name - September 14, 2016 - and today is September 12th.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 7:29pm EDT) : USS Nipsic - Cover in 9/21 Auction. I hardly ever post anything, but today seems to be my day. Cavendish Auction UK ( has a 9/21/16 auction of several collections belonging to Tony Eastgate. One of those is Gilbert & Ellice Islands Postal History (my biggest specialty collection). Lot 2304 is an 1889 envelope from Fanning Island (one of the G&EIC islands after it was named a protectorate of GB in 1892). The return address reads U.S.S. NIPSIC / FANNING ISLAND / SHIP'S LETTER and was sent without postage to Philadelphia where it received a U.S. CHARGE TO COLLECT 20 CENTS handstamp. On the reverse are two strips of 5 postage due stamps cancelled Aug 16, 1899. The pre-auction estimate is 1,600 pounds. Since I am actually in process of disposing of my own G&EIC collection, I will not be bidding but wanted to let someone know about this. Will also let Richard Jones know via email. I didn't find this ship listed in the Catalog, but some interesting history the internet. I'm done now. 🙂
  • Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 6:05pm EDT) : Cover received today, 9/12/16: USS Hue City. Clean cancel in the Unit designation format. Interesting it has around the dial and killer bars a thin-line, black, square border with rounded corners. I haven't seen that before. Also on the face is a purple, worn handstamp of the ship's crest. 9/14/16 is the 25th anniversary of the ship and the cancel has that date on it...... In logging this in, I noticed that for some reason, I also asked for the same anniversary date in 2015, and I did get a return with the cancel also dated 9/14. So I now have a 24th anniversary cover as well. 🙂
  • Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 10:28am EDT) : I think it's great Elgin got tickets for the Zumwalt commissioning. I was blessed to be invited to the commissioning of USS George H. W. Bush, CVN 77. Was able to bring my wife and two oldest grandchildren with me. Incredible experience that my grandkids still talk about! I was also able to get multiple covers from various CVN events autographed along the way. Have fun Elgin!
  • Tom Kean [Member] (12 Sep 2016 10:23am EDT) : Good morning everyone. I could use a little help from you Navy vets (I was Air Force). I have a 1933 USS Texas cover signed by E. O. Tauer, U.S.N. I found a Lt. with that name on USS Kansas in a 1919 Navy Officer's directory. I also found someone of the same name listed as a Chf. Mach in an Officer's Directory for 1937. On eBay there are a couple of similar covers which identify him as the mail clerk on Texas. Is the Chf. Mach a non-commissioned officer's rank? Do you think this was the same guy in both directories? Would a Chf. Mach have also been a mail clerk? Or does anyone else know who this guy is/was? Many thanks for any help you might provide. Tom
  • esink (11 Sep 2016 7:29pm EDT) : Thanks Neal for the complete address...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Sep 2016 12:13pm EDT) : Thank you Neal !!!
  • Neal Mills (11 Sep 2016 10:32am EDT) : Thad,
    The full mailing address for Zumwalt is:
    USS ZUMWALT (DDG-1000)
    UNIT 100381 BOX 1
    FPO AP 96693
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Sep 2016 9:55am EDT) : Wow Elgin great news, I see online that the tickets for the commissioning are now closed. Hope you enjoy yourself. I'm trying to get the unit number to get some covers aboard.
  • esink (10 Sep 2016 11:57pm EDT) : Thad, I was lucky to get invitation info for getting tickets to the commissioning and one of the cards had that address but no unit number.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Sep 2016 5:44pm EDT) : Elgin ... would you happen to know the Unit number ?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Sep 2016 5:42pm EDT) : Thank you Elgin. Covers received today... USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 - Good cancel but a little over inked - September 1, 2016 and USS The Sullivans DDG 68 - Excellent cancel, boxed Unit cancel with ships name - August 11, 2016.-
  • esink (10 Sep 2016 4:47pm EDT) : Also Thad, more info and nice website:
  • esink (10 Sep 2016 4:30pm EDT) : Thad:
    USS ZUMWALT (DDG-1000)
    FPO AP 96693 active no earlier than 7 SEP 16
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Sep 2016 2:24pm EDT) : Anyone know ship zip code for USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 for commissioning ?
  • Neal Mills (10 Sep 2016 9:56am EDT) : Guest 7906: The Wikipedia page for ARA General Belgrano,, has a picture of her and a link to the USS Phoenix page which also has a picture. Entering the ship names in Google pictures also brought up several photos of each.
  • John Young (10 Sep 2016 2:40am EDT) : Guest 7906: ARA BELGRANO is former USN Light Cruiser, USS PHOENIX
  • guest_7906 (09 Sep 2016 4:37pm EDT) : I am looking for a picture of the Argentine Navy Ship: ARA Belgrano

    and a picture of the same ship when it was in the U.S. Navy.

    Thank you,

    Dan Chaij
  • John Young (09 Sep 2016 2:01pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    Sunday marks the 15th Annv of the murder of 2996 individuals on American soil by 19 Islamic Terrorists that hijacked
    four airliners that were flown into the World Trade buildings, the Pentagon and crash in a field in Pennsylvania.

    Even today, many police, fire and EMS
    personnel are dying from what was in the air on September 11, 2001.

    Remember to fly the flag (half staff)
    on Sunday
  • lbbrennan (07 Sep 2016 6:00pm EDT) : great meeting. Thanks for the report John and to our cheerful host Phil Schreiber
  • John Young (07 Sep 2016 5:21am EDT) : Another great Jersey Chapter meeting was held, with some visitors from the Pennsylvania Dutch country, less Rich Hoffner who was spending some time on the Outer Banks

    Rich, we missed the cheese & crackers

    Stewert Milstein had some circuits, where I found some cruiser covers, but Jan may have took home a 1911 USS WASHINGTON Fancy cancel (W-9) It's listed as C- great find

    Even found a POLAR SEA cover from 2007 Deep Freeze for 67 cents

    Heard next Decatur Chapter meeting
    was Sunday, September 18 at the Hoffner Farm
  • Lbbrennan (06 Sep 2016 12:15pm EDT) : The last was my postv
  • guest_757 (05 Sep 2016 9:10am EDT) : Back to our hobby and chapter meetings. Tomorrow night in highland park. We never take a summer break.
  • esink (03 Sep 2016 8:37pm EDT) : Attended BALPEX today for a few hours; nice show with many dealers (several with good supply of naval covers) and nice USPS booth however. Show continues tomorrow...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Sep 2016 5:24pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Kearsarge LHD 3 - August 30, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
  • John Young (03 Sep 2016 12:32pm EDT) : As Larry says, great cover from Ship's Cook 1/c (I assume) to a relative living
    in the Bronx (Davison Street) in 1945.
  • lbbrennan (03 Sep 2016 8:24am EDT) : Standing by for the probably impact of the storm due to arrive late Sunday and linger off NJ and NY for a few days. overcast but the center is 500-600 miles or so to the south just returning to the water.
  • lbbrennan (03 Sep 2016 8:23am EDT) : Great cover of the Month. Timely remembrance of Tokyo Bay.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (02 Sep 2016 7:20pm EDT) : If you live in the Greater NY-NJ metro area, the next combined USS NJ & IOWA Chapter meeting will be this coming Tues. in Highland Park NJ. Contact me if you need more info.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Sep 2016 3:30pm EDT) : Covers that arrived today - USS Decatur DDG 73 - August 25, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS New Orleans LPD 18 - August 26, 2016 - Excellent cancel. The Decatur sent covers that I had sent to her many, many months ago along with the most recent mailing I made - 6 covers came back ... all perfect.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Sep 2016 12:18pm EDT) : Covers received yesterday (Sep 5), USS Halsey DDG 97 - August 19, 2016 - a little over inked but collectible, USS Leyte Gulf CG 55 - August 24, 2016 - Excellent cancel- she was on my list on ships that I had difficulty in getting cancels from in the past.
  • Rich H (01 Sep 2016 9:17pm EDT) : Next Stephen Decatur Chapter meeting will be on Sunday, September 18, 1PM at my home. Looks like I will have to miss the NJ Chapter meeting since I will be leaving for the OBX that day. When is the next North Carolina chapter meeting? I might be looking for shelter.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (01 Sep 2016 6:35pm EDT) : Agree that's a really nice cover Rich. Nice to have the separate page for it as well. Also agree that this issue of the LOG is very well done and lots to explore. LLoyd's article is really interesting among many others.
  • esink (31 Aug 2016 10:20pm EDT) : Superb cover, Rich...
  • Rich H (31 Aug 2016 10:53am EDT) : Third Marines represented during RIMPAC 2016 aboard USS America. Greg C created a new page for this cover from PMEB-HI.
  • John Young (30 Aug 2016 4:32pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    September hard copy of USCS Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley with the
    afternoon mail

    Another great issue with excellent article concerning USCS website- and wish to thank Lloyd Ferrell for taking on the job of USCS Treasurer

    Looking forward to New Jersey Chapter
    meeting next Tuesday- heard that there
    may be covers, cookies & diet root beer
    at Phil Schreiber's apartment
  • Lbbrennan (30 Aug 2016 3:24pm EDT) : Interesting log
  • Lbbrennan (30 Aug 2016 3:24pm EDT) : Hope there are covers from the ike cvbg
  • esink (29 Aug 2016 9:18pm EDT) : eLOG and hardcopy SEP issues received same day in central PA Harrisburg area...Superb issue!
  • Tom Kean [Member] (29 Aug 2016 5:40pm EDT) : My paper LOG also arrived today. Thanks.
  • Rich H (29 Aug 2016 5:35pm EDT) : Hopefully anyone with expertise on websites will read my column and if you have an interest and some experience with website production, ask the president if you can be part of a committee to determine how we should proceed to get a world class website for the USCS. The committees job should be to determine what we need and how to decide what company we should use to move forward. This will be a costly project. A professionally developed site could cost upwards of $10.000.

    Some similar collector societies have websites worthy of yearly awards for their sites. We should be looking into the future and have a website that will be functional, a website that will attract new members and a website that is responsive to our members needs and one that we can be proud of.
  • Rich H (29 Aug 2016 5:29pm EDT) : Electronic Log, as well as First Class and standard mail Logs arr arrived in the Indian Valley of SE PA today.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Aug 2016 4:30pm EDT) : Paper Log arrived in Pittsburgh today.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Aug 2016 3:21pm EDT) : September eLOG has been sent to the 300+ members who enjoy this service.

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Aug 2016 9:41pm EDT) : Covers received today ... USS Gunston Hall LSD 44 - August 18, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS Ponce AFSB(T) 15 - August 16, 2016 - Excellent cancel sent from the Purser (W. Richard). A Purser aboard a USS?
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (27 Aug 2016 6:25pm EDT) : Auction7-16

  • guest_1111 (27 Aug 2016 1:29pm EDT) : Where can I find USCS Auction #7-16
  • guest_1111 (27 Aug 2016 1:28pm EDT) : Where can I find USCS Auction #7-16
  • esink (26 Aug 2016 6:59pm EDT) : Thanks, Larry...for posting that interesting transcript of information.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Aug 2016 3:43pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS John C. Stennis CVN 74 - August 11, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
  • lbbrennan (26 Aug 2016 11:01am EDT) : Here is part of a transcript from US DoD public affairs about the recent events with USN and Iranian Revolutionary Guards vessels

    Department of Defense Press Briefing with Press Secretary Peter Cook in the Press Briefing Room
    Press Operations
    Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook
    Aug. 25, 2016
    DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PRESS SECRETARY PETER COOK: Good afternoon everybody. What's that?

    Q: (OFF-MIC)

    COOK: Bob, I always have important information to share with you. Today will be no different. I did want to begin with a couple of operational updates in the counter-ISIL campaign before I turn to your questions.
    Q: Peter, on Iran in the Gulf, the encounters with the U.S. Navy. Can you bring us up to date across the board? What yesterday happened that led the Navy crew to believe they had to fire warning shots at this Iranian vessel? What can you tell us about the possibility that there were two other additional unsafe incidents yesterday? Not the video that we've all seen from two days ago, but I'm referencing the warning shots, two other incidents yesterday.
    And what's the assessment on what you think the Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy is up to? What this says about Central Command being controlled by the Iranians over their own security forces?
    MR. COOK: Well, let me -- there are a lot of questions in there.

    Q: Sure, my question is across the board.
    MR. COOK: So, I'm sure I'm going to forget one, and you can remind me.
    With regard to the event yesterday that you all have reported on, again the crew determined that these Iranian craft coming at them were approaching at an unsafe and unprofessional manner. And they did what our very professional Navy has been forced to do in the past when confronted with similar situations. And that is to take appropriate steps to try and de-escalate the situation.
    That's what they did in this instance. They deemed these craft approaching them as unsafe and unprofessional. And they responded accordingly. And that ended this particular situation yesterday. And again, our ships were in international waters. Our sailors were conducting themselves professionally as they are trained to do. And we did not see the same from the Iranian boats on the other side.
    Q: But is it not the case in the view of the U.S. military, if you are compelled -- if you're in a situation where you're compelled to go to the step of having to fire warning shots, what does that say about the potential threat being posed to U.S. naval forces at that moment?
    MR. COOK: Well, again, there's a series of steps that our crews are prepared to take to handle these situations. They are well trained, Barbara, as you know. And the fact that they did have to reach that step, and you're referring specifically to the incident involving the Nitze here?
    Q: No. I'm referring to yesterday. The Nitze -- I'm sorry -- just to clarify, I'm not talking about the Nitze from two days ago. I'm talking about the USS Tempest and USS Squall in the northern Gulf yesterday.
    MR. COOK: OK.
    So, first of all, I'm just seeing some of the information regarding this incident as well. So I don't have all the details. I'm going to refer you for as many details that I miss to CENTCOM and to NAVCENT, because they'll have more than I will.

    But my understanding is they were -- in this instance, they did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots. And the reason for that is they had used steps -- they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation, appropriate steps, including flares, trying to, again, warn the Iranian craft away. And so they felt the need to take an additional step to try and de-escalate the situation, and that was, again, to fire the warning shots.
    And, Barbara, these steps are taken in order to make sure that our crew and our ship -- they're able to protect themselves, and to try and prevent this from escalating into a more serious situation.
    They did that. The Iranian craft, as I understand it, left at that point.
    But, again, the onus here is on the Iranians to conduct themselves in a safe and professional manner like navies all over the world do. And in this instance and the instance the other day with the Nitze, in the view of the crew, that did not happen.
    Q: So, just to -- what does the U.S. think the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps naval forces are up to here? Are they -- are they under the control of the central government? Are they out there operating on their own? Are they threatening you? Do you feel a threat from them? Why are they doing all this?
    And can you see if you can clarify for us, were there two additional incidents yesterday? Unsafe incidents.
    What do you think the IRGC's up to?
    MR. COOK: So, my understanding is that there may have been yesterday two incidents, involving the Tempest and the Squall. And there was another incident, involving another U.S. Navy ship. I -- quite honestly, I think it was referenced the Stout. And may have involved some of the same Iranian vessels.

    So you may be talking about some of the same craft, but separate incidents.
    Q: So, are you saying…
    MR. COOK: So bigger picture here, these were incidents that, again, the crews deemed that were unsafe and unprofessional.
    And as to why the Iranians are doing this, I'm going to leave it -- you need to ask the Iranians why they're doing this.
    They're not conducting themselves in the way that professional navies do. And we have these interactions all the time. We have interactions with the Iranians all the time. And the Iranian -- and for a significant number of times, these are routine and safe and professional. At least that's been -- that's been...
    Q: But these others are IRGC?
    MR. COOK: I'm going to leave it to NAVCENT and CENTCOM to explain that to you in more detail.
    But the big picture here, Barbara, is that these are incidents that carry a risk of escalation. And we certainly don't desire any escalation, any sort of confrontation there. Our ships are operating as they have for years in that part of the world, in international waters, and will continue to do so. And there is no need for this kind of, if you will, unprofessional behavior. It does not serve any purpose.
    We're going to continue to operate. And we're going to continue to take the steps that we need to do to make sure that our sailors and our ships are as safe as possible as they conduct their operations.
    Q: Were warning shots only fired once yesterday? Or this -- you said you had another in -- I guess Iranians twice, is what you're saying, came unsafely close to the Tempest and the Squall. At another point they came close to the Stout?
    MR. COOK: Warning shots were only fired in this one instance, as I understand it. So...

    Q: I guess I would just also say -- I guess, I do wanna just say I -- if you could communicate to the Navy, I think the level of interest -- when the U.S. Navy fires warning shots at the Iranians, is an immediate level of interest by the U.S. press corps. I think we -- it's a little distressing to find this out as a point of history the next day rather than of news.
    Anything you could do to encourage the U.S. military to tell us when they fire on another country.
    MR. COOK: I believe they fired warning shots in the water.
    And, Barbara, we're sharing this information. In some instances, like today, you might be reporting on it before some people in this building are totally aware, given the distances.
    And some of the information conveyed here -- there's a chain of command that needs to be followed here.
    Our sailors...
    MR. COOK: Our sailors are conducting themselves professionally. They do have responsibilities to a chain of command. They have operations they need to maintain.
    And again, our folks were doing what they were supposed to be doing, and they conducted themselves professionally.
    And there is a review, of course, as always in these situations, as to the circumstances involved here and how this played out. And that is still underway, as I understand it.

    Q: ... I think you understand we wanna know, Peter.
    MR. COOK: Yeah, Paul?
    Q: I wanted to ask two separate questions.
    One is on the North Korean missile test. North Korea said this morning that it was a multi-stage missile that traveled on a high trajectory and successfully tested the warhead impact. Which, if true, seems like an advancement on their past missile tests.
    So can you -- would you assess this as progress? And if so, does that worry you, (inaudible) situation (inaudible)?
    MR. COOK: I'm not gonna characterize their tests, other than to say, as with previous test by the North Koreans, this is not only a violation of U.N. resolutions, but it is, again, a provocative act by the North Koreans that does nothing to promote stability and ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
    And again it demonstrates why we are continuing to work so closely with our South Korean and Japanese allies, in terms of the steps we need to take to make sure that the defense of our allies is as robust as it can be; why we're taking steps with regard to missile defense in the region; and why we're conducting exercises like we are with the South Koreans now, to make sure that we're doing everything we can to address the very real concerns we have about the actions of North Korea, actions like this test would indicate.
    Q: And the second one on Iraq's parliament. (inaudible) to oust the defense minister. They also, as far as I understand, don't have an interior minister.
    And -- is this a concern for the U.S., given that this is one of our closest allies in the counter-ISIL fight? Are you worried that there's a paucity of leadership there, that there's political instabilities already affecting our efforts there at all?
    Q: Peter, the Iranian Defense Minister said today that this type of harassment by Iranian vessels against the U.S. Navy will continue. Do you have a message to him or his spokesman today?
    MR. COOK: I'm not aware of those comments.
    But I guess my response to that would be, we certainly hope it doesn't continue, because it serves no purpose other than to raise tensions in an important part of the world; and tensions that we don't seek to have escalated.
    We are conducting ourselves, again, as we always have, as the Navy does around the world, in a safe and professional manner. And our sailors will continue to do that. And they will continue to take the steps that they need to to protect themselves, their ships and our interests in the region.
    Q: Just a clarification on the Iran incidents. Which of the U.S. ships fired the warning shots?
    MR. COOK: My understanding is the Squall fired the warning shots, but I would again urge you, since I have gotten this information shortly before I came out here, to check with CENTCOM or with NAVCENT on the particulars.
    All right. Thanks, everybody.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Aug 2016 2:34pm EDT) : Rich - There are pictorial cancels posted on the German blog for USS Texas SSN 775 - 10th Anniversary, USS Cheyenne SSN 773 - 20th Anniversary, USS Chicago SSN 721 - 30th Anniversary, USS Ashville SSN 758 - 25th Anniversary, Commissioning pictorial - USS John P. Murtha LPD 26 (Philadelphia) and a super pictorial for 75th Anniversary Jap Attack on PH. Go and Google US Navy schiffspost der blog ...
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Aug 2016 2:25pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Blue Ridge LCC 19 - Unit Cancel - July 25, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
  • Rich H (23 Aug 2016 2:27pm EDT) : Pssst.... (I did get many desirable USCG covers, but don't tell John Young).
  • Rich H (23 Aug 2016 2:26pm EDT) : So, not sure if anyone has already posted this, but the MURTHA address is:

    UNIT 100440 Box 1
    FPO AP 96694

    We (USCS) donated a cachet stamp. Nothing yet on if a pictorial will be available. Seems to be some delay in her getting her postal equipment according to my sources.
  • guest_2145 (23 Aug 2016 2:19pm EDT) : John Young. Would you believe that I did not purchase any USCG covers, because I wanted a level playing filed for you and John B who could not be there?
  • Tjossem (22 Aug 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Congratulations are in order to our new USCS Treasurer, Lloyd Ferrell. He will take over effective the first of September.
  • Neal Mills (22 Aug 2016 12:18pm EDT) : Rich, Who is the new treasurer?
  • John Young (22 Aug 2016 9:20am EDT) : Rich: Any Coast Guard treasures?
  • Rich H (21 Aug 2016 5:05pm EDT) : Much more news will come from Steve Shay who "captained" the board meeting and USCS general meeting. Thanks Steve for your guidance in keeping us on track with a very productive board meeting which did not last until midnight! Welcome Aboard to our new treasurer.
  • Rich H (21 Aug 2016 5:00pm EDT) : Great convention, just dodged some heavy showers and got home with a "boat load" of fantastic coves. Most of my spending money + a little more, went to Paul and Howard. Thanks to both for being there. Thanks to Stew for the covers provided to us in the hospitality room. Decatur Chapter thanks those who supported us with cover purchases from our boxes. Great to see Jay Milewski at the show and his covers in the hospitality room. And if you feel left out, see you next year in Aurora, CO.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Aug 2016 8:18pm EDT) : Cover received today.. USS Emory S. Land AS 39 - Unit cancel, August 10, 2016 - Excellent cancel. This was one that has been on my list of not responding.
  • esink (18 Aug 2016 10:26pm EDT) : Good point, guest_9535, in your (18 Aug 2016 7:38am EDT) posting...perhaps terminology should be adjusted so postal coordinators on ships can understand our requests. I never use the term "cover"; my requests are about "envelopes". I have never heard the term "zapper" used for a rubber-stamped ship cachet. I always thought "zapper" refers to the occasional decal received from ships.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Aug 2016 1:36pm EDT) : Cover received today from USS Mesa Verde LPD 19 - August 11, 2016. Nice cancel but over inked and not collectible.
    guest_9535 is right, when we send for covers we should be as graphic as possible and not assume everyone knows what we are requesting. I send a detailed note with a small drawing of an envelope as to what I want and where to put it. So far covers back from my fleet coverage has been so, so. The same ships not returning covers continue. I was hoping for some breaks.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (18 Aug 2016 10:57am EDT) : John - will not be the same without you.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (18 Aug 2016 10:57am EDT) : Guest 9535 - Hi. I am a long time member of the USCS. When we send envelopes (aka covers) to a ship what we are hoping to get back is a postal cancel from the ship as well as what we call a "cachet." A cachet is what I believe you call a "zapper." It is a rubber stamp applied to the left side of the envelope. It can be the ship's official cachet or coat of arms. It can also be related to the ship's current deployment.

    If you ship does not have a cachet, you can contact the USCS and we can help design and acquire one for the ship.
    Sincerely, Stewart B. Milstein
  • guest_9535 (18 Aug 2016 7:38am EDT) : For those of you that read this message board:
    I am currently active duty and received a request for a decal today and for the envelope I send it in to be stamped with a "zapper." It took a lot of googling to figure out exactly what I was being asked to do. The note I received had USCS written at the bottom of it. A little research led me to your site and I am starting to understand what you guys are searching for. I think your frustrations in not receiving "covers" back are because we have no idea what it is that you're asking us for. Just thought you'd want to know.
  • guest_4696 (18 Aug 2016 6:56am EDT) : Hello, is anyone there?
  • John Young (18 Aug 2016 1:38am EDT) : Other than one or two west coast (CA) shows, this is the first USCS convention
    that I have missed since the Columbus SC convention in May 1990

    Hope those meeting in Falls Church VA
    find those treasures that they're looking
    for, as for me I'm still looking for that dropped cover to USS STORIS, CG in August 1944. Yes, mail bag was dropped from an Army bomber and the
    mail clerk made a mimeographed cachet
    on all incoming mail
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (15 Aug 2016 3:53pm EDT) : Covers received today - USS Philippine Sea CG 58 - August 11, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 - August 9, 2016 - Excellent cancel and USS Bunker Hill CG 52 - August 10, 2016 - Excellent cancel
  • Rick Wolfe (15 Aug 2016 2:45pm EDT) : Thanks a lot for the information Steve. That's not surprising as they are heavily Iowa oriented. These are some beautiful laser cacheted covers. I bought 1200 of them in a Minneapolis auction.
  • Steve Shay (15 Aug 2016 8:46am EDT) : Rick, member 6479 was Rob Larson of West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Rick Wolfe (14 Aug 2016 9:08pm EDT) : I just purchased a large accumulation of 2001-2003 naval event covers with nice laser cachets. The only identification of the cachet is USCS 6479. Can anyone provide any information on these?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Aug 2016 2:49pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS Winston S. Churchill DDG 81 - Circular cancel on stamp, no date - poor.
  • LBrennan (13 Aug 2016 8:30am EDT) : I am guest 9731 Sorry I forgot to check the default name.

    Thad Thanks for the favorable news. Perhaps there is hope.
  • guest_9731 (13 Aug 2016 8:29am EDT) : Tom, I just happened on the link by coincidence. I have been to the museum in Fredericksburg years ago-well worth the trip and some great German food. I spent two years on board NIMITZ as a Lieutenant, 35+ years ago. I need to do an article about his court martial and about his command of a cruiser in Asia before he became Flag. His grandson was a Lieutenant on board USS Texas when we made a cruise and a spent some time in the Indian Ocean (1979-80).
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Aug 2016 2:51pm EDT) : Cover received today - USS San Antonio LPD 17 - July 12, 2016 - Excellent cancel.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (11 Aug 2016 6:25pm EDT) : lbbrennan - thanks for the link. Very interesting letter. Had to chuckle a bit about his comment on being tired of 'independent command' given what transpired the rest of his career. Have to dig through the rest sometime.
  • lbbrennan (11 Aug 2016 3:23pm EDT) : Still get that annoying noise when I post something.
  • lbbrennan (11 Aug 2016 3:22pm EDT) : here is a link to a collection of Fleet Admiral Nimitz's personal letters.

    this is one while he was CO of USS Decatur DD 5 This is not the Nimitz Graybook from ww ii. Lots of interesting things to read if I can make time.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (10 Aug 2016 12:03pm EDT) : Thanks for reply Tom and Neal. Neal - nothing from Emory S. Land after multiple attempts and so far nothing back from Frank Cable, she just left Goa, India.
  • Neal Mills (10 Aug 2016 11:45am EDT) : Thad Kaczkowski - Over the last 9 months, I've gone 4 for 5 with Emory S. Land (AS39). Received covers back for Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, and July 4th. Covers for Submarine Force birthday disappeared. Did you get covers back from Frank Cable (AS40)? She's a problem for me. Think I'm 0 for 7 with Cable.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (10 Aug 2016 10:29am EDT) : Does anyone have information on the Midway On The Seaway Chapter 56 of USCS - or know anyone still around who was part of it? I have an odd cover with an odd cancel (not tying the stamp) from USS Parle that I am trying to chase down history on. Thanks.
  • Tom Kean [Member] (10 Aug 2016 10:27am EDT) : On a couple posts. I haven't received any covers from the ships Thad mentioned. My paper LOG arrived on the 4th. My return rate is also very low following the change in address configuration - I wasn't getting 95% before that as Roger posted, but I, was well into the 70s.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Aug 2016 11:00am EDT) : As I reported here I have sent to the fleet (ships with PO's) to see what would happen. Results have been what I expected, mixed. Ships that have returned covers in the past continue to return them with excellent results and those that haven't in the past continue. Has anyone received covers from ships listed here over the past year to eighteen month? I have been trying in some cases for years to get covers from the following: USS..Benfold DDG 65, Bulkeley DDG 84, Comstock LSD 45, Emory S. Land AS 39, Green Bay LPD 20, Howard DDG 83, James E. Williams DDG 95, John S. McCain DDG 56, Lake Erie CG 70, Mitscher DDG 57, Mount Whitney LCC 20, Normandy CG 60, Pearl Harbor LSD 52, Pinckney DDG 91, Port Royal CG 73, Porter DDG 88, Princeton CG 59, Leyte Gulf CG 55, Mobile Bay CG 53, Ramage DDG 61, Russell DDG 59, Shiloh CG 67, Stockdale DDG 106, Tortuga LSD 46, Vella Gulf CG 72, Wayne E. Meyer DDG 108, William P. Lawrence DDG 110 and Winston S. Churchill DDG 81. Sorry for the long list but wanted to see if it was just me or is it happening to others. Please let me know. Thanks.
  • John Young (09 Aug 2016 2:01am EDT) : Paper Log arrived in the lower Hudson Valley in yesterday's mail
  • lbbrennan (08 Aug 2016 2:11pm EDT) : What is the noise when I post something. Sounds like running water or a rumbling tummy?
  • lbbrennan (08 Aug 2016 2:11pm EDT) : Still waiting for paper LOG.
  • Roger Wentworth (07 Aug 2016 5:19pm EDT) : Thad,
    I'm experiencing the same thing. About 50% returns since the USN started using the new address configuration with unit numbers. Some covers are showing up as much as six months after I mail them. The cancel quality o most of the covers is good, but some are down right pitiful. Before the new addresses, I was hitting at about 95% returns.
  • Roger Wentworth (07 Aug 2016 5:14pm EDT) : I finally got covers back for Fleet Week New York on Saturday.
  • Roger Wentworth (07 Aug 2016 5:08pm EDT) : It never ceases to amaze me. I sent out covers to over a dozen ships in January and February that were deployed to the Middle East. 8 of the ships returned the covers in a reasonable amount of time. Last week I got the covers back from the remaining ships.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (06 Aug 2016 6:39pm EDT) : Covers received today... USS George H. W. Bush CVN 71 - Excellent cancel - August 2, 2016 - one of the largest postmarks I've seen. USS Farragut DDG 99 - Excellent cancel - July 22, 2016.
  • guest_7223 (06 Aug 2016 2:25pm EDT) : Hello,
    Anybody collecting recovery ship covers?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Aug 2016 6:21pm EDT) : August Log arrived in Pittsburgh.
  • esink (05 Aug 2016 1:17pm EDT) : August hardcopy LOG received today in central PA Three-Mile Island country...much good reading for the weekend.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Aug 2016 9:30am EDT) : Thank you Rich for the come back.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2016 10:35pm EDT) : Thad. I was involved with Wolfgang Heckler in the design of the cancels. A USCS member involved with the AFDCS had the design submitted to the USPS. We will not know where to send covers until it appears in the Postal Bulletin.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Aug 2016 8:07pm EDT) : Covers received today .. USS Mason DDG 87 - Not a very good cancel - type 9 used on stamp July 3, 2016 but not very readable - Socked on nose. USS Tortuga LSD 46 covers were returned with the "Red Finger" and Attempted - Not Known. The letter with the covers was opened and taped shut. Sent to Unit 100267 - 09588.
  • lbbrennan (04 Aug 2016 2:50pm EDT) : quiet time.


    Just learned that USCG naval aviators had to carrier qual as part of flight training. So, yes Virginia, there were Coastie Tailhookers.
  • lbbrennan (03 Aug 2016 2:05pm EDT) : Great NJ Chapter meeting last night. Thanks Phil Schreiber, a gracious host and the Philadelphia flying circus and covers from our members and the USCS sales circuit thanks to Stewart Milstein. Sorry that we missed John Young, who is recovering from surgery and Bruno and a few other regulars who were UA.
  • lbbrennan (02 Aug 2016 11:33am EDT) : the dog days of summer have been here and there is sign of interest in naval covers here again.

    NJ Chapter meeting tonight. John Young is in the binnacle list and will be missed. I hope our Pennsylvania flying squadron arrive safely. Should be fun and thanks to our host, Phil Schreiber.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Aug 2016 4:06pm EDT) : What is the address for the Convention pictorial? The zip code says 22041. I looked up the address for the PO at 22041 and it is 6021 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-9998. Is this the address to send covers ?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Aug 2016 3:59pm EDT) : Received covers today - USS Oak Hill LSD 51 - Excellent cancel - July 27, 2016 and USS Halsey DDG 97 - Good but a little over inked, July 27, 2016. The COPE did apply a sticky note saying he was sorry and he would do better if I wished to send again. Not sure if it is worth it. Anyway, covers are beginning to come back from my sending to the ships with post offices and those that are coming back are surprisingly good cancels. Still not like the old days but nothing ever is.
  • guest_7284 (01 Aug 2016 1:54pm EDT) : Hello, Does anybody collect recovery ship covers? Looking for trade.
  • Glenn Smith (01 Aug 2016 10:10am EDT) : Guest 5595:

    Hello to you. Guests are always welcome, but we would prefer that you use a real is just more personal.

    Is there any thing we can do for you? Questions? How to join USCS?
  • Glenn Smith (01 Aug 2016 10:08am EDT) : John Young:

    You will be sorely (no pun intended) at the convention. Get well soon and don't be a pain to wifey!
  • guest_5595 (01 Aug 2016 7:32am EDT) : anyone here?
  • guest_5595 (01 Aug 2016 7:29am EDT) : hello
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Jul 2016 4:17pm EDT) : 300+ eLOGs have been sent to members requesting them.

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Jul 2016 4:46pm EDT) : Received today - USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72 - Excellent cancel - July 21, 2016 - new Unit type with ships name.
  • esink (28 Jul 2016 5:42pm EDT) : Nice cover sent for RIMPAC 2016 received from USS JOHN STENNIS CVN 74 during RIMPAC with ship cachet, new style cancel dtd JUL 21, 2016 and spray marking from Honolulu.
  • lbbrennan (28 Jul 2016 4:34pm EDT) : Get Better John Young
  • lbbrennan (28 Jul 2016 4:34pm EDT) : Great progress
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jul 2016 2:06pm EDT) : CVN 75 cover is July 22 not 2.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jul 2016 2:05pm EDT) : A banner day today ... just like the old days. Received today the NYC Fleet Week covers for USCGC Forward WMEC 911 and USS Fort McHenry LSD 43 - Excellent cancels; USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 - July 25, 2016 - Excellent cancel; USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51- July 4, 2016 - Excellent cancel and a super nice note from LS3 Chavez saying how honored he was to service the cover and July 4th is the ships birthday and finally a cover from the USS Harry S. Truman CVN 75 - July 2, 2026 Excellent cancel with new cachet by Rich Hoffner. Not a bad cancel in the bunch, all perfect.
  • Tjossem (28 Jul 2016 2:27am EDT) : July 28
    ? 1926—USS S-1 surfaces and launches a Cox-Klemin (XS 2) seaplane flown by Lt. D.C. Allen. The submarine recovers the aircraft and submerges, successfully completing an airplane transport on board a submarine.

    ? 1943—PBM aircraft (VP 32) sinks German submarine (U 359) south-southwest of Puerto Rico. During her service, (U 359) deploys on three war patrols.

    ? 1944—USS Wyman (DE 38) and USS Reynolds (DE 42) sink Japanese submarine (I 55), 400 miles east of Tinian.

    ? 1945—USS Callaghan (DD 792) is the last ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack when she hits a radar picket station approximately 50 miles southwest of Okinawa, 25° 43’N, 126° 55’E. USS Pritchett (DD 561) is also damaged by a near hit from a kamikaze as she assists the destroyer. The kamikaze that hits USS Callaghan is carrying Willow (a primary training biplane), revealing the desperation level of the Japanese.

    ? 1973—Skylab 3 is launched. The mission is the second to the first U.S. manned space station. The commander of the mission is Capt. Alan L. Bean, USN, the pilot is Maj. Jack R. Lousma, USMC, and the Science Pilot is Owen K. Garriott, a former Navy electronics officer. The mission lasts 59 days, 11 hours and includes 858 Earth orbits. USS New Orleans (LPH 11) recovers the crew.

    ? 1984—USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) is launched at Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. The rescue and salvage ship conducts salvage, diving, towing, off-shore firefighting, heavy lift operations and theater security cooperation missions through the Military Sealift Command.
  • esink (26 Jul 2016 5:44pm EDT) : John, Hope you have a very successful rehab and speedy recovery...Best regards/Elgin
  • guest_6798 John young (26 Jul 2016 4:09pm EDT) : hope all is well, as I am having rehab after knee replacement and well not be
    Able to attend the convention.

    Heard only two naval exhibits. Steve Shay & myself.
  • lbbrennan (26 Jul 2016 2:48pm EDT) : Good news Thad
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Jul 2016 7:12pm EDT) : Two very good covers received today with excellent cancels... USS Mahan DDG 72: July 9, 2016 and USS Oscar Austin DDG 79; July 20, 2016.
  • lbbrennan (25 Jul 2016 4:36pm EDT) : Quiet days and little good news in hunting for current covers.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Jul 2016 11:01am EDT) : Thank you Elgin for the reply.
    I sent to the fleet (ships with post offices) over the past several months (129 USN & 2 USNS I believe) for the last time in my collecting career (50 years). Just looking over returns and not looking good. The covers that have come back are nicely done but returns are EXTREMELY poor. I do believe I wasted a boat load of money. I will continue to share postings of covers that are returned with good results. The two USNS ships were Mercy and Comfort... Mercy was excellent and Comfort went to the trash.
  • esink (23 Jul 2016 10:04pm EDT) : I got one good USS BATAAN ship (FPO) cancel (new type, but not pictorial) with ship cachet dtd MAY 28, 2016, but never sent to other ships for Fleet Week.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jul 2016 9:32pm EDT) : Anyone ever get pictorial cancels back from Fleet Week NYC?
  • esink (21 Jul 2016 3:57pm EDT) : Superb FREE franks received today from USS PONCE with sticker corner card on flap, nice embossed (not visible) ship seal cachet and clear new type? cancel dtd 10 JUL 2016 which is 45th Anniversary of ship’s commissioning.
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_9591 (20 Jul 2016 3:34pm EDT) : I like the idea of sharing what cancels come back. It is the only way to collect due to the high losses. I have two covers I sent to AMERICA but not back yet. I also sent two to my son, who is reluctantly attached to LHA-6 with the USMC. He has been in more then 20 years and his first time "aboard". Not a happy camper. Guess USMC was too busy with Iraq and Afghanistan during those years. Many Marines lost their "amphibious" legs in the last decade or so.
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_9591 (20 Jul 2016 3:21pm EDT) : When I sign in, sometimes my name is there, sometimes not. Sorry.
  • guest_9591 (20 Jul 2016 3:20pm EDT) : Last "ballot" postmark I saw was one that USS MAINE personnel found aboard when they were invited to an anniversary party by Puget Sound Chapter members, complete with a birthday cake. The cancel was used by the chapter to do covers, date was 7-29-10. I believe the chapter provided daters. The boat did not have current daters. One would ahve to send a detailed letter to every ship (still in commission) that has no post office, showing some of the "ballot" postmarks and asking the CO or PAO to search the ships safe to see if it exists. Returns might be nil. Daters, if a cancel is found, would not have current year date. How long ago was the voting debacle in Florida? "Hanging chads" and ballots with no postmarks or unreadable dates tossed aside.
  • Tjossem (19 Jul 2016 12:35pm EDT) : July 19
    ? 1812—The frigate, USS Constitution, under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, escapes the British squadron a three-day chase off the coast of New Jersey.
    ? 1886—The protected cruiser, USS Atlanta, the first steel-hulled American cruiser armed with breech loading rifled guns, is commissioned. She serves mainly with the North Atlantic Squadron and is part of the Squadron of the Evolution (steel ships that have full-rigged masts and steam engines).
    ? 1918—During World War I, USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6) sinks off Fire Island, N.Y., by a mine placed by German submarine (U 156). The cruiser sinks in 28 minutes with the loss of six lives and is the only major warship lost by the U.S. in World War I.
    ? 1918—While serving with the Sixth Regiment Marines in the vicinity of Vierzy, France, Medical Corps officer Lt. Joel T. Boone twice leaves the shelter of a ravine. Despite extreme enemy fire and heavy gas mist, he applies dressings and first aid to wounded marines. For his actions on this occasion, he is awarded the Medal of Honor.
    ? 1940—President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the second Naval Expansion Act.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Jul 2016 1:50pm EDT) : Excellent cover with clear cancellation from USS New York LPD 21. The cancel is square and inside is the ships name, FPO and Unit number in a circular four bar cancel. Very nice.
  • lbbrennan (15 Jul 2016 5:00pm EDT) : Elgin Thanks Greatly appreciate your work and sharing your results. We need to conspire about sending to ships and particularly with the ballot postmarks this year.
  • Neal Mills (15 Jul 2016 8:42am EDT) : Thad - You're not alone, there are others out there 🙂
  • esink (14 Jul 2016 8:23pm EDT) : Superb FREE franks received today from USS NEW ORLEANS LPD 18 with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd MAY 28, 2016.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Jul 2016 2:48pm EDT) : Excellent cover arrived in today's mail from USS Momsen DDG 92 using yet another variation cancel along with a version of the type 9 using the Unit number. Anyone else out there? Feel like I'm reporting things to myself.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jul 2016 11:30am EDT) : Covers that came back over the past week or so with really good postmarks were, USNS Mercy T-AH 19, USS America LHA 6 (Elgin got a bad one), USS Wasp LHD 1, USS Donald Cook DDG 75, USS Barry DDG 52 and USS Higgins DDG 76.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jul 2016 10:32am EDT) : Elgin, they must have used the excess ink on your covers from USS America since mine posted on July 4th came back pretty good. Anyone interested in hearing what covers come back from ships with clear cancels ? Believe it or not, I have done something stupid, I sent to the fleet (excluding subs and non-post office ships) over the past months for the last time. With a return from the ships at about 5 - 10 percent sharing info can help save money. I have a list of ships that never return covers after multiple requests. Anyone gets covers from Green Bay LPD 20, Port Royal CG 73, Porter DDG 88, Princeton CG 59, John S. McCain DDG 56 just to name a few let me know, there are more on my not return list than anytime in my over 55 years of collecting. I am concentrating on my stamp collection again buying the stamps I dreamed about as a kid. This dropping the collecting of Naval covers is tough to do.
  • esink (11 Jul 2016 4:41pm EDT) : Covers received today from USS AMERICA LHA 6 dtd JUL 4, 2016...sent to be processed during RIMPAC 2016. Clear ship cachets but cancels are "muddy" and barely legible, but still collectible; also are previous "zip+4" types.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Jul 2016 6:51pm EDT) : Wow... my USCG pictorial for USCG Aviation came today from Sacramento. It took quite a while but now the set is complete.
  • lbbrennan (08 Jul 2016 12:18pm EDT) : Rich, thanks for your kind words. It was a fun article to write. I will send you the gracious note from RADM Lunney who was the driving force in having the Tomich Medal of Honor presented. I am disappointed that I was unable to fly to meet Enterprise in the eastern Med for the ceremony. Chief Tomich is the platinum standard for pre-mediated heroism.
  • lbbrennan (08 Jul 2016 12:16pm EDT) : Rich, I know it is a long trip but I did not think that the voyage on the Conestoga was that long. I could make Villanova in an hour and a half and Elizabeth can make it in an hour, she claims but I have some issues with that speed. We need to try to do something over a weekend that is closer to a midpoint. Thanks for the Dutch Flying Circus. Great shipmates and leaders.
  • lbbrennan (08 Jul 2016 12:11pm EDT) : Good luck Rich on your mission to the electronic ER.

    Congratulations Glenn for another wonderful cover of the month. Great story of leadership and heroism.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2016 8:45pm EDT) : My 13 year old Dell 4550 crashed during a power failure, actually several close together, coupled with brown outs several days ago. While I was restarting the PC, another outage while it was rebooting. That seemed to kill it. I had the files from my hard-drive saved and put on a stick and have cranked up another vintage Dell (Insperion 530) I own (also WindowsXP). As soon as I can find a Microsoft Word program that I can put in this PC, I should be able to get most of my files back.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2016 8:34pm EDT) : Can someone scan in their USCG Aviation Anniversary Corpus Christi TX pictorial to me? Lost files for now, due to a computer crash. I need a copy to haggle with Corpus Christi TX postmaster trying to get replacements for my missing 10 covers sent there.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2016 12:30am EDT) : Whoa, I did eat too many of Bruno's brownies! Thank you Bruno and thank you Phil Schreiber for hosting another robust NJ Chapter meeting. BTW Phil, thanks for showing up tonight. Swapping covers in your lobby just does not cut it.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2016 10:50am EDT) : MapQuest tells me it is 168 miles round trip. But worth every mile due to the great members who attend. And seeing the great cover circuits that Stew Milstein brings to each meeting.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2016 10:40am EDT) : USS New Jersey Chapter meeting tonight. Contingent from Decatur Chapter slated to attend. I know there are a number of members in the Central and North Jersey areas, why not check in with Phil Schreiber and attend a meeting? Our designated Uber driver (George Marcincin) will be in my driveway at 1630 hrs. We have a planned pit stop in New Hope to pick up our Bristol PA member (Frank Faustino). Does an Uber driver get tips?
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2016 10:29am EDT) : On this Day in the U S Coast Guard: 1884-An Act of Congress (23 Stat. L., 118) created a special service known as the Bureau of Navigation, under the Treasury Department, with the duty of supervising the work having to do with the administration of American navigation laws. "The act specifically allotted to the bureau the numbering of vessels and the preparation of the annual list of merchant vessels of the United States."
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jul 2016 4:13pm EDT) : Sequestration caused the USN to cancel Fleet Week NYC in 2013. But something tells me that they backed off a little and a few ships attended anyway. Can anyone tell me which ships and or cutters attended? Thanks.
  • guest_6161 (02 Jul 2016 4:10pm EDT) : Three days since a message was left here? WOW.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (28 Jun 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Getting back up to speed.
    July eLOGs have been sent this morning.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:25pm EDT) : Just read Capt. Brennan's article in the July Log about Water Tender Chief Peter Tomich, Medal of Honor recipient aboard USS Utah. As a former BT in the USCG, I know that when bad things happen in the boiler room, people die. Top notch article and too much bureaucratic "red tape" from the USN.
  • Tjossem (28 Jun 2016 12:15pm EDT) : On this day in Naval History........

    June 28
    ? 1814—The sloop of war USS Wasp commanded by Johnston Blakeley, comes across HMS Reindeer, commanded by William Manners, off Plymouth, England, and engages in battle. After the 19-minute battle, USS Wasp captures HMS Reindeer, taking her crew as prisoners, and burn her at sea.

    ? 1869—The Navy’s first surgeon-general William M. Wood is appointed, and serves until Oct. 25, 1871.

    ? 1914—Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated at Sarajevo, Bosnia. This act eventually leads to World War I.

    ? 1919—The Versailles Peace Treaty is signed, which ends World War I.

    ? 1943—USS Peto (SS 265) and USS Tunny (SS 282) sink Japanese hydrographic-meteorological research ship Tenkai No. 2 northeast of Mussau Island and a gunboat Shotoku Maru off the west coast of Rota, Mariana Islands.
  • Tjossem (28 Jun 2016 12:11pm EDT) : Check this out!
  • Tjossem (28 Jun 2016 12:00pm EDT) : July LOG arrived in Longbranch, WA with yesterday's mail. Thanks again Richard and contributors!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jun 2016 11:22am EDT) : Still nothing from Sacramento on USCG Aviation pictorial, sent twice. Only one missing from the set. I guess another lost cause. Anyone get NY Fleet Week pictorials back yet?
  • John Young (28 Jun 2016 5:57am EDT) : July LOG arrived in lower Hudson Valley with yesterday's mail.

    Guess I have to start on August column
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:39am EDT) : guest_7088. The uncancelled envelopes have little or no value. Perhaps save them for a commissioning anniversary date and have them hand cancelled at Vallejo or Mare Island CA post office. Hard to say about the medallion. Many ships, subs and bases had medallions forged and used as gifts to VIP, retirees, promotions, re-enlistments and sought after by collectors. Back in the era when Mare Island built subs, the base probably had them made in the yard or on a tender. They would usually be attached to a wood plaque, sometimes with a name plate of who it was presented to. Perhaps you could go to the USCS Facebook page and upload it to our Facebook page. so we can all see it.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:31am EDT) : Just noticed my 100th Anniversary USCG Aviation pictorials to Corpus Christi TX never returned. Letter out to Postmaster to look around for them.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Jun 2016 12:27am EDT) : First Class July Log arrived in the Indian Valley of SE PA today. Speedy Delivery!
  • guest_7088 (27 Jun 2016 10:33pm EDT) : I have two Mariano G Vallejo covers with no postmarks. Also a large bronze medallion (diameter about 5 inches) for Mare Island naval Shipyard. I would love to know more history about them as I grew up in Vallejo and my father worked on submarines there.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Jun 2016 5:07pm EDT) : July Log arrived in Pittsburgh, home to the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • esink (27 Jun 2016 3:25pm EDT) : Hard copy (periodical rate) July LOG received in central (Harrisburg area) PA today...Great issue as usual!
  • lbbrennan (27 Jun 2016 12:11pm EDT) : BMCM sounds like fun. Glad you found records of your ancestors. Ireland has similar problems with Church only records pre-1865 I will send you (or have sent) an article about WTC Tomich and USS Utah. Captain Lunney, who sued the USN to get the Medal of Honor presented to his survivors a decade ago, had to go to Croatia to get the records from the Franciscans who had the clan records of baptisms and deaths. It is an interesting story and an account of great heroism by Chief Tomich.
  • Dan Goodwin (24 Jun 2016 3:11pm EDT) : Welcome home chief
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (24 Jun 2016 2:49pm EDT) : Just got home from Baltic cruise and 5 days in Sweden tracing wife's family in Swedish archives. Great success--Sweden relies on churches to maintain record all details for centuries. Most until after 1910 have been digitized. Even found an address in Karlstad where grandfather lived. Building is now
    gone for new high rise housing.

    Hundreds of emails to read and act on this weekend.
  • lbbrennan (24 Jun 2016 12:07pm EDT) : Thanks Thad. Rich, let's chat and see if we can coordinate an attack plan. I know i got some the past few federal elections, even USCG ships. Might be a fun project. see you the first tuesday in July. Only 100+ days to go.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (23 Jun 2016 8:27pm EDT) : The Postal Bulletin from June 9, 2016 has a section on how ballots from APO/FPO's should be received and handled by the post office.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 6:07pm EDT) : Sorry about the double entry of the word election. Then again, perhaps a Freudian slip? Well, some cities have a motto, Vote twice and often.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 6:04pm EDT) : Larry, how does one determine what ships have "election election postmarks every four years". As far as I know that was a one time program instituted by DOD and MPSA after many states rejected a large majority of military absentee ballots because they were not postmarked. For those that still exist, they are probably hidden in a desk drawer or the pursers safe and no longer have current daters.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 5:58pm EDT) : Replacement covers I sent to Clearwater FL returned today. Dismal is the best way to describe the cancels. D minus if graded.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 2:47pm EDT) : A pictorial cancel has been submitted to the USPS Bremerton District for the Deactivation of the USS HOUSTON SSN-713. Pictorial is in the shape of the state of Texas. Date of the event is 26 August 2016. Cancel will be for Bremerton WA 98337. I would wait a couple of weeks to send your, because if you send now, who knows what you will get.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Jun 2016 2:40pm EDT) : A collector from Odessa, Ukraine contacted me and wanted to swap naval items he has in exchange for U S Naval event covers. He did not have anything I collect so I declined his offer of swapping. He did say it was OK to put his information here so that if anyone is interested, they could contact him. He said he was an ex-Master.

    Capt.Alex Miloshunas

    mob +380 67 4848190

    SKYPE -- alexmil_home
  • lbbrennan (23 Jun 2016 1:38pm EDT) : I am thinking of trying again this election year to get cancels from ships that only have election postmarks every four years. Otherwise, i rarely mail to ships but should do more to get the ships' covers when they are commissioned and decommissioned.
  • Dan Goodwin (23 Jun 2016 9:02am EDT) : I stopped sending a few years ago due to the cost and poor returns. Now I only consider covers postmarked on December 25 and most of the old ones for sale are a little out of my price range. I still enjoy the thrill of getting a new addition to my collection but I have turned back to my stamp collecting for relaxation and more enjoyment. You might say I am now a passive cover collector. I love to look but rarely buy.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (22 Jun 2016 11:50am EDT) : Rich... Like you, I have been a generalist Naval collector from the perspective if it would float I would try and get a cover from it. As a result I have thousands and thousands and thousands of Naval, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine covers. I remember starting in 1965 in my dorm room in college first hearing from a fellow down the hall that collected postal markings from Navy ships. I took the bait and here I am 52 years later somewhat disappointed in where it ended me. I did have 52 years of fun times though. My returns are in the 5-10 percent range for surface ships and a 1 percent for submarines, a far cry from 50 years ago when the percentages were reversed. Coast Guard cutters are even worse.
  • esink (21 Jun 2016 3:48pm EDT) : Rich: Informative and interesting posting on "DOD instructions for handling requests for postmarks". Thanks.
  • Mike Brock (21 Jun 2016 3:11pm EDT) : Checking in.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:16pm EDT) : Phil. You will be getting another knock on your door.

    Did you have covers in Russia for the launching/float out of the worlds largest icebreaker (ARKTIKA) from Baltic Shipyard last week?
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:12pm EDT) : I spent about a week culling hundreds of cancels into my general ship postmark Locy type collection. The lot was donated to me by a chapter member George Marcincin. The whole time wondering how such a large lot of cancels on filler cards was put together and ended up being sold as a large lot. Then it struck me like a lightening bolt. Someones prized cancel collection was taken apart by a dealer and all these cancels on paper and cards were deemed not worthy to go into their stock. Not only are we loosing members in this society but we are also seeing the demise of collectors who collect one of every cancel used by a ship. I had a hard time trying to put together a list of collectors like me, and did not get past five that I know. Perhaps we need to survey our membership as to what they collect.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:03pm EDT) : Thad. My last cover from PORTER was March 20, 1999. Long time no hear! Guess they went green and recycle all paper.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 3:00pm EDT) : My DC#4 Chapter covers for City of Corpus Christi Deactivation came in today. I sent 70 stamped envelopes. Sixty-nine returned and one with a cachet on it made 70. Did someone send cacheted covers for Honolulu post office to use as replacements? If someone did, that was a nice thing to do. Cover is printed with the subs crest, and two lines in red Inactivation Station / Pearl Harbor 05.30.2016
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 2:54pm EDT) : This is an interesting section of the DOD instructions for handling requests for postmarks. This is clipped and pasted and not my spelling of the word Defense.

    DOD 4525.6-M
    Dept. of Defence Postal Manual

    C10.4.4.1. Philatelic services shall be accomplished within the resources of
    the post office and may not be provided if they interfere with regular business.

    Limit covers to private (personal) collectors. Covers falling within one or more of the following categories shall be returned to the sender with a letter of explanation.

    These covers may not have a postmark or cachet applied:
    • C10. Receipt of more than five covers from any one collector.
    • C10. Covers received after the established deadline date.
    • C10. Covers bearing insufficient or foreign postage.
    • C10. Covers bearing international return address.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2016 2:52pm EDT) : Had to call Clearwater FL today asking what happened to the replacement covers I sent. My original sending was 10 covers for the USCG Aviation pictorial Out of 10, only 4 returned. Today's call was my third to them. The clerk who does them affirmed that mine are there and will be sent out today. She said she had been away for training.
  • Lbbrennan (19 Jun 2016 7:43am EDT) : Happy. Fathets day
  • Lbbrennan (18 Jun 2016 7:49am EDT) : Thad. Troubling but correct analysis besrt. larry
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jun 2016 9:23pm EDT) : Sending covers to ships is a waste of time and money anymore. I started in 1965 while in college and I think I am going to quit. No future in it.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jun 2016 9:21pm EDT) : Phil... let me know how you make out with the USS Porter. I have sent covers to her also about a month ago and nothing back yet. Have sent to her in the past with the same results.
  • PHIL SCHREIBER (17 Jun 2016 4:05pm EDT) : News on internet induced me to send for covers from USCGC BERNARD WEBBER which unloaded $214 million in cocaine at CG base Miami. Also covers were sent for from USS PORTER deployed to Black Sea to meet the Russian threat,and to the Russian DDG ADM GRIGOROVICH also deployed to Black Sea to meet the American threat. Wish me luck.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Jun 2016 2:22pm EDT) : Nice cancelled covers back from Pearl Harbor Naval Base posted with a clear cancel May 30, 2016 for the deactivation of USS City of Corpus Christi SSN 705. Still no Coast Guard pictorial from Sacramento after multiple requests and I thought Honolulu was going to be the problem for the Coast Guard pictorial.
  • lbbrennan (15 Jun 2016 12:08pm EDT) : Next year will be the 85th anniversary of the USCS. What is the plan to celebrate.
  • Lbbrennan (14 Jun 2016 2:09pm EDT) : Happy flag day. Glorious weather Enjoy
  • lbbrennan (13 Jun 2016 6:22pm EDT) : $214 Million Worth of Cocaine Unloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard Station

    Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:14 p.m.

    By Kyle Munzenrieder

    $214 Million Worth of Cocaine Unloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard Station

    Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard today unloaded $214 million worth of cocaine in Miami Beach. If you're not up on your street price-per-pound math, that's about eight tons of pure coke. That's the biggest haul of cocaine at the Miami Beach Coast Guard station in more than four years.

    The drugs were collected from 11 interdictions of smuggling boats, along with an unrelated bale of cocaine picked up. They were made in April and May in Pacific waters off Central and South America. Cutter Bernard C. Webber unloaded the drugs at the Miami Beach station.


    $214 Million Worth of Cocaine Unloaded at Miami Beach Coast Guard Station (2)

    Coast Guard Unloads $17M of Cocaine on Miami Beach

    Coast Guard Offloads Another $41 Million of Coke and Pot in Miami Beach

    The departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security; Navy; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Agency; and Immigration and Customs and Enforcement were all involved in the interceptions. More than 12 people were turned over to the DOJ for questioning.

    The drugs will eventually be destroyed.

    To give you an idea of the sheer amount of cocaine unloaded today, most hauls at the Miami Beach station are worth less than $20 million.

    Last November, $17 million was unloaded in Miami Beach. In September 2015,the Coast Guard brought in $11.8 million worth of cocaine and marijuana. A $13.7 million haul was taken to shore last June.

    The most recent case to crack the nine-figure mark was a $110 million haul brought to the station in April 2014.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Jun 2016 4:29pm EDT) : Still nothing from Sacramento for the Coast Guard aviation pictorial after sending twice.
  • lbbrennan (13 Jun 2016 1:30pm EDT) : Tom Kean, You have the lead. Is there any info regarding the ship that sent the cover.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Jun 2016 5:23pm EDT) : If you were trying to get into eBay and look up patchesnaval, I found out that it can take a long trail to get there. Try this:
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Jun 2016 10:06pm EDT) : I have listed a batch of t-2 and t-9 cancels on cards (most IBM or Univac cards) most early 1960's. Proceeds to USCS. Seller is patchesnaval

    Take a look.
  • Steve Shay (11 Jun 2016 3:26pm EDT) : Tom, Battleship Oregon Chapter 22
  • Tom Kean [Member] (11 Jun 2016 1:36pm EDT) : Hi - I have a cover with a cachet (c1945) that has a partially illegible attribution to a USCS chapter. It reads BATTLESHIP [maybe 6 letters] CHAPTER NO [2 numbers with the first one possibly being a 2] - U.S.C.S.. I haven't come up with anything yet that helps me identify that chapter fully. Do you have any ideas of resources to point me towards to find out, or possibly even know which chapter this may have been? Many thanks and have a great weekend. Tom
  • esink (10 Jun 2016 12:54pm EDT) : Nice cover received from USS BATAAN with ship cachet and new style cancel (FPO) dtd MAY 28, 2016 during Fleet Week New other special markings for event.
  • lbbrennan (09 Jun 2016 5:14pm EDT) : quiet day here
  • lbbrennan (09 Jun 2016 5:13pm EDT) : Interesting tracking of the mailed LOG. I usually read the email LOG and barely look at the printed one even though it is better quality and color.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (05 Jun 2016 11:36am EDT) : Thanks Rich. I sent to the address in the Postal Bulletin, they had the 30 day extension. Hope it arrives. thanks again.
  • esink (05 Jun 2016 12:12am EDT) : Rich, My periodical class Log got the same cancel treatment for both months.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jun 2016 8:52pm EDT) : Thad. Let me know if you need an email address for Sacramento.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jun 2016 8:51pm EDT) : Interesting to note on mailing of the USCS Log. First Class and Periodical class Logs arrived the same day this month. The Periodical class (not in an envelope and with no postage attached, somehow this month and last month arrived with a large "Flat" cancel, usually used by a USPS First Class flat sorter. In recent months, my First Class Logs that had postage stamps on, did not get postmarked.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Jun 2016 6:18pm EDT) : Still nothing back from Sacramento for the USCG Aviation pictorial.. need this to complete set.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Jun 2016 5:20pm EDT) : Numerous programs have been uploaded to eBay, with proceeds going to the USCS. Seller: patchesnaval
  • Mike Meister (02 Jun 2016 8:34pm EDT) : Bad day for the Blue Angels. Accident in Tenn claimed the pilot during a practice.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (02 Jun 2016 3:32pm EDT) : Several members reported not getting the June eLOG.

    I have resent to all on that list just to be sure.

    Will be gone for 3 weeks--BUT−-−
    keep writing articles and emailing them while I am gone.

    July issue is at the printers.
    August issue is 50% complete and I have a good start on September issue.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:55pm EDT) : What draws us to the NJ chapter meetings, well, great host, new cover circuits provided by Stew and those fresh baked brownies (I notice that there are never any brownies left at the end of the meeting).
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:52pm EDT) : Looking forward to next NJ Chapter meeting next Tuesday evening. We are booking seats here for DC members who want to go via the Marcincin Uber transportation service.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:43pm EDT) : On ASL (Arctic Sub Lab). I am not sure who out there in San Diego is now handling this collector project for ASL. In the past, a USCS member Bob Bissonnette was involved, both while still on active duty and for several years after he retired (he was part of the crew that deployed to the Ice Camps). He is no longer involved. But, sending covers directly to the subs may or may not work. They depart for the Ice several weeks before surfacing. One from Groton and one from San Diego or from Pearl. Probably too late to get your covers aboard for a North Pole surfacing by the boat. Your best bet is to have covers n hand with the ASL, and keep your fingers crossed that they will be serviced by the ASL, one on each boat. Also remember that these ICEX projects now only take part every two years.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jun 2016 2:37pm EDT) : We do have a volunteer who is compiling new ship postmarks. He publishes the results in the Log and in the Naval Cover Museum. Anyone getting a new postmark, or discovering a ship postmark that is not in the USCS Postmark Catalog should forward scans to Greg C.
  • Lbbrennan (01 Jun 2016 11:05pm EDT) : Good points Rich. The postmark and Cachetmakers catalogs need to be indexed and updated in electronic form. Essential to our hobby to update tgese 20 year old books.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 1:07pm EDT) : Some thoughts on the 3000 + covers I just mentioned. You may ask, who would put such a collection together? Well, remember the name of our society? The Universal Ship CANCELLATION Society. Yep, there was a time that nearly 90% of our collectors were on a quest to get every ships cancel out here. And there were many who shared their information with the postmark catalog editors for many years. After the last edition of the Postmark Catalog was published postmark collectors have fallen by the wayside. I wonder of we will see another edition of the postmark catalog? One clearing house is the Naval Cover Museum, but this is not a USCS function, although it is supported by USCS volunteers. Gleaning all I could as I sorted these cards, it came to mind that whoevers collection this was, was an ardent collector of all types of cancels, and his or her letting go of the collection, means one less person interested in the fun of collecting postmarks from ships.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 12:59pm EDT) : Speaking of postmarks, a chapter member gave me approx. 3,000 cancels on filler cards and scraps of paper, etc. Not your high priced sought after rare R4 stuff, but run of the mill cancels that are really sleepers. I say this because being a collector since the early 1960's many mail clerks would not put their all purpose cancels on a cover, thus many are scarcer then you might think. But if asked, many would give a strike on a filler card or index card and even IBM punch cards. If you are a ferret for trying to get every cancel used aboard every ship, you would get a thrill going through these cards. I will probably add more then three hundred type 9 cancels to my collection. Two days to sort the cards into alphabetical order, now to check each card against my collection. This may take a week. Am I in heaven or what?
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 12:51pm EDT) : Saw a note on getting current postmarks. I hold off sending until I see someone has been successful in getting a ships cancels back. Too many losses to send to all ships, as some just don't cancel for collectors. Loss rates are high. But, don't fret. There are thousands of cancels you don't have sitting in dealers boxes. Lets not forget, ships started cancelling mail in 1908. And some of the most challenging years to collect are the early to mid 1920's.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Jun 2016 11:43am EDT) : Joshua McG. Fleet Week Ft. Lauderdale sumitted to USPS by me with approval of Broward Navy Days. Designed by USCS member Wolfgang Hechler who has done some great work on these pictorials for the USCS. More and more of the pictorials are uphill battles.
  • John Young (29 May 2016 7:25am EDT) : Ahoy Mates~
    New York 2016 is big! Lots of exhibits
    but only saw three naval covers in one exhibit. Some great exhibits and got to
    see Hal Vogel's 1837 Wilkes Exhibit for the second time.

    Stop by the USCS/ ASPP/ MPHS table #1280 and there was enough people,
    as Nathan Hale Chapter had a senior trip to New York City and dropped a couple of navo-philatelists off at the
    Jarvits Center.

    I'll return to show and will man the
    table Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
  • Mike Meister (28 May 2016 3:38pm EDT) : June paper Log arrived today
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 May 2016 5:35pm EDT) : CG Aviation pictorial arrived today from Honolulu, nicely done and arrived under post office cover. Only need Sacramento now to complete.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (27 May 2016 3:01pm EDT) : DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Carrier Strike Group deploys to 6th Fleet 1 June 2016

    USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) Deployed 1 June 2016
    USS STOUT (DDG 55)
    USS MASON (DDG 87)
    USS NITZE (DDG 94)
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 May 2016 9:10pm EDT) : Still waiting for my CG Aviation covers from Sacramento and Hawaii...
    Neal Mills .... Nothing back yet from USS Emory S. Land.
  • Joshua McGee (26 May 2016 7:43pm EDT) : Got Honolulu back today. My set is now complete:
  • lbbrennan (25 May 2016 5:37pm EDT) : concerning the PI guerrilla stamps on fb

    Involving Delivery of Supplies to, and Personnel to and from,
    The Philippine Islands by SUBMARINES

    Period covered: Approximately 1 February 1943 to 23 January 1945.

    Total No. of Missions 41
    No. of Submarines Taking Part 19


    No. Missions


    No. Missions

    Bowfin 1 Gar 2
    Narwhal 9 Blackfin 1
    Angler 1 Gunnel 1
    Crevalle 1 Hake 1
    Harder 1 Ray 1
    Redfin 2 Gudgeon 2
    Nautilus 6 Grayling 1
    Seawolf 2 Tambor 1
    Stingray 5 Trout 2
    Cero 1

    Missions involving apparent attack by enemy 4
    1 with complete success (Seawolf)
    3 without damage to our subs

    Missions involving attacks upon enemy 5
    3 with complete success
    2 without success

    Missions -- unsuccessful -- partially only 3
    1 all personnel and 60% cargo delivered
    1 all personnel and virtually all cargo delivered
    1 missions as modified, accomplished. No supplies delivered. Returned to Australia.

    Mission -- unsuccessfully completed (Sub lost or presumed lost) 1

    Missions involving delivery of important mail 4
    This in addition to personnel and cargo delivery.

    Missions involving pickup of important captures or secret documents of intelligence value 7

    In addition to above, personal gear, equipment, food, cigarettes, toilet articles, etc., belonging to officers and men of all submarines were freely given to Guerrilla land forces and natives.
  • Bob (24 May 2016 5:41pm EDT) : Thanks Larry,, I looked all over & couldn't find any for sale or sold.. I'll hold on to it for now..Bob
  • lbbrennan (24 May 2016 12:19pm EDT) : Parade of ships is schedule to being at 1000 in New York harbor.
  • lbbrennan (24 May 2016 12:19pm EDT) : Bob, I think it has value but the actual value is a question I cannot answer. Perhaps you may want to contact our sales circuit manager, Stewart Milstein, who is knowledgeable about naval covers and the market.

  • Bob (24 May 2016 8:12am EDT) : Thanks for your help on my USS Texas Ship's Log PC.. 6/3/14 Is this something of value? or should I just include it in a lot of PCs I will sell, Thanks Bob
  • esink (23 May 2016 12:56pm EDT) : Superb FREE franks received today from squadrons VAQ 140 and VFA-83 both on USS HARRY S. TRUMAN CVN 75 with handwritten corner cards, no cachets (but squadron decal and embossed seal for VAQ-140) and clear new type cancels dtd MAY 5, and MAY 14, 2016 respectively.
  • lbbrennan (23 May 2016 12:49pm EDT) : Fleet Week New York Details

    USS Bataan (LHD 5), Pier 88 South Manhattan

    Please note there will be no tours of the USS Bataan on Sunday, May 29.

    Canadian Ships

    Pier 92 Manhattan

    USS Ft. McHenry & USS Shamal

    Homeport Pier, Staten Island, Edgwater St, Stapleton

    USS Farragut, DDG 99, USS Bainbridge DDG96, USCGC Foward WMEC 911

    Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • john macco (22 May 2016 4:52pm EDT) : Can anybody provide to me any place that will accept my USCS Logs and the contact information? I know others have donated their Logs to VA. Email me at
  • Joshua McGee (21 May 2016 12:48am EDT) : My USS Bataan (Broward Navy Days) submissions came back today:

    Rich, you arranged for this one, right?
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (20 May 2016 11:33am EDT) : Adm. Michelle Howard picked to lead U.S. Navy forces in Europe
  • lbbrennan (20 May 2016 7:47am EDT) : Thanks Joshua and Elgin for the information. We need to work together to get current covers and postmarks. Greatly appreciated. Larry
  • Joshua McGee (19 May 2016 10:16pm EDT) : As a side note, if anyone has not yet sent for USCG Aviation Sacramento or Fleet Week Port Everglades, the postmark dimensions are 76mm × 37mm and 71mm × 39mm, respectively.
  • Joshua McGee (19 May 2016 6:00pm EDT) : CGAS Sacramento came back today. I sent eight, and they're the best of the bunch so far. Only Honolulu has yet to return.

    Same link:
  • esink (19 May 2016 5:50pm EDT) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS GONZALES DDG-66 with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd APR 20, 2016.
  • lbbrennan (19 May 2016 3:45pm EDT) : Gator did a great job, as usual. Thanks Glen. Best, Larry
  • lbbrennan (19 May 2016 3:45pm EDT) : READ MY ARITCLE
    “USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35) The Last U.S. Navy Ship Sunk During World War II – Built In New Jersey – Part I” Pages 83-103
    “USS INDIANAPOLIS: Men Courage”

    If you prefer, I will be happy to send you a copy. Please send your email address, fax, or mailing address to me:
  • Joshua McGee (18 May 2016 2:34pm EDT) : This shows the difference in servicing quality I experienced from the six stations:
  • Joshua McGee (18 May 2016 2:14pm EDT) : Hey Rich and Thad. I've been lurking here. I've also gotten everything back, except for Hawaii and Sacramento — the other six have come back, serviced with inconsistent quality.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 May 2016 1:13pm EDT) : Rich -Sent two covers to Clearwater FL for the 100th Anniversary CG Aviation and one was trash and the other okay. Corpus Christi also the same, one good one bad. The rest came back just fine except nothing from Hawaii or Sacramento yet.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 May 2016 12:31pm EDT) : 10 covers sent to Clearwater FL for the 100th Anniversary Coast Guard Aviation. Included a SASE. Only four returned, six are MIA. Three good cancels out of the four that returned. They were not cacheted yet (unadressed), so perhaps someone there has my missing six covers? A call to the post office was made yesterday and the only employee there was not sure who did the cancelling and said someone would call back after lunch. Still waiting for the call.
  • Glenn Smith (18 May 2016 5:49am EDT) : Bob:

    Lobos Island is off Mexico at latitude 27.5N and longitude 110.5W. It was the rendezvous point for ships involved in the Veracruz campaign. At least one other documented visit was by USS Tacoma also in 1914.

  • lbrennan (17 May 2016 3:15pm EDT) : Bob, Glenn Smith is our navigator and most knowledgeable of ports.

  • John Young (16 May 2016 7:01pm EDT) : Ahoy Bob,
    In the old days, before WW One each ship with a print shop would print
    part of the ship's log onto postcards,
    especially if they were away from their
    home port.

    The cards would be sent home to the
    sailor's relative or girl friends

    You don't get to see many, and I just
    checked my Vera Cruz collection and
    I have photo post card with a partial
    cancel, dated 13 JUN 1914

    The photo depicts 5 sailors & a marine
    standing in front a monument in Vera Cruz, Mexico

    Sailor (AVB) wrote to Miss Doris Bentley
    Newburgh, NY that they were on Lobos Island Mexico

    He wrote in Spanish & I forgot most
    of my high school Spanish
  • bob (15 May 2016 7:48pm EDT) : Have a USS Texas Lone Star Log postcard from Lobos Island June 7 to June 13 1914 Ship cancel Lobos Island .. Can't find any info on this. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks, Bob
  • lbbrennan (13 May 2016 12:43pm EDT) : Fellow Naval Cover collectors and anyone who may be able to HELP. Please help me find covers for USS INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35) article that I am completing for New Jersey Postal HIstory. I am particularly interested in World War II era mail from and to INDIANAPOLIS. i have a few covers and access to the Naval Cover Museum. I suspect that there are a lot of Sailors' Mail and Offical Mail (normally Size 10 penalty envelopes, perhaps with Locy Type 2z and 3z postmarks and occassional Type 9s on registered mail). Any help would be greatly appreciated. JPG scans would be best. My email is Thanks, Larry
  • John Young (12 May 2016 3:30pm EDT) : Covers, covers, covers! One goes to a chapter meeting for covers, covers & more covers.

    And good coffee!
  • lbbrennan (12 May 2016 12:10pm EDT) : New Jersey Chapter and our Quaker contingent had a great May meeting last night (yes Wednesday) thanks to our gracious host and long time leader, Phil Schreiber. We had cookies, sweets, and drinks thanks to Jan and Georg Eyerman and Bruno and Phil kept the coffee for Master Chief Young. George M brought covers.Thanks also to Stewart Milstein for an overwhelming number of great covers from the USCS Sales circuit. If you chapter has not participated in the sales Circuit, strongly recommend that you contact Stewart and get on board. Our attendance has increased since New Jersey chapter has been the beneficiary of Stewart's kind efforts. Covers dominate our time and attention but not to the exclusion of other things. Great to see Stewart after his return from Arizona; he looks trim and fit nearly in fighting condition. Hope that we see many visitors at the New York show later in May. At one time the USCS was going to participate but that did not come about. Some of our members from NY, NJ, CT, and PA will help man booths for the USCS and related organizations. I hope to stop by a few times on my way to Penn Station. The Number 7 train now runs close to Javits Center so it won't be a hike. See you there.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (11 May 2016 9:06pm EDT) : Thad

    Received your NP scans.

    Thank you. I will get it in July LOG.

    June Log is at printer now.
  • lbbrennan (11 May 2016 2:31pm EDT) : Acknowledged, Dave.

    Sorry about compliance with New York law. That seems burdensome. But every state has similar issues. That is why I strongly objected to the "doing business" in various states. Wait until California decides it is going to look for taxes for all the USCS income since the USCS had a "doing business" certificate in California and in fact transacted business there for years. Hope all the paperwork is current for the corporation and the IRS nfp status.

    Thanks much John. I thought I remembered and today I confirmed the Postmark Catalog has a note but not the detail you have provided. I am finishing the first of two Indianapolis articles for New Jersey Postal History. The first of two movies about the loss of the ship is scheduled to be released soon.
  • John Young (11 May 2016 12:14pm EDT) : Larry: FDPS aboard INDIANAPOLIS was never a secret, as P.J. Ickeringill with three others wrote article (check list) that appeared in August 31,1933 USCS

    Looks like 9 DEC 1932 was FDPS
  • John Young (11 May 2016 12:06pm EDT) : The embossed seal with signature of ASL ice pilot, Kevin M. Searls is from USS
    HAMPTON. managed to read particular of numbers 67 & first letter of ship's name H on bottom of seal imprint.

    took filler and used pencil to dark area
    over seal

    Tonight is Jersey Chapter meeting at
    Phil Schreiber's apartment in Highland Park NJ Time: 7:30 PM
  • Dave Kent (10 May 2016 10:07pm EDT) : While I'm here: we need help staffing our booth at the big stamp show in New York, May 28 to June 4. It seems like an ideal place to recruit new members. Because of the complications in shipping books to the show (to say nothing of New York State's insistence that we collect sales tax from each buyer), we won't have anything for sale, but we will hand out membership applications, and will accept them with the promise that we will forward them to the secretary. There is no admission fee to the show, and you don't need a badge to help at the table. If you can help, please contact me: kentdave (at)
  • Dave Kent (10 May 2016 10:03pm EDT) : Larry: RE: USS INDIANAPOLIS. Catalog states "Postmarks were received Dec. 7, 1932. FDC covers are backdated." This sort of thing happened a number of times over the years. Not worth making a FFF sheet for, but we do try to mention each one in the Catalog.
  • lbbrennan (10 May 2016 6:50pm EDT) : Wow Elgin. Looks good at 50%.

    Help, please. Not near my USCS Postmark catalog and nothing in the FFF series on line.

    Is the FDC for USS Indianapolis (CA 35), 15 November 1932 backdated? I have a remote suspicion and finishing part I of an article re USS Indianapolis. Nice cover with autograph by the NMC and a rubber stamp of the CO's signature. One of my earlier cover purchases.
  • esink (10 May 2016 1:01pm EDT) : Two covers received from USS HAMPTON to which I had sent directly as explained in my 07 May posting...nothing special; no corner card, cachet, or pertinent markings, just a "Santa Approved" undated red cancel and sprayed over 07 MAY 2016 from Hartford CT. Sub decals were inside each envelope and an old USCS membership card sponsored by Ray Costa #3072 when Howard Neill from Glenside PA was the secretary.
  • Neal Mills (09 May 2016 7:34pm EDT) : Thad, Looks like we're getting a 50% success rate :-(. I'm sending the covers back out in the morning and will see what happens. It took 2 weeks for the package to be returned to me.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 May 2016 6:46pm EDT) : Neal - That's what happened to me with the USS Emory S. Land. Your earlier covers were serviced and mine were returned "undeliverable". I resent after you said your covers were serviced and I haven't received anything from the ship.
  • Neal Mills (09 May 2016 6:20pm EDT) : Guess its hit or miss getting covers to USS Emory S. Land. Sent covers for the Submarine Force Birthday and they got to the ship and back to me. Using the same address, I sent covers to Land for Memorial Day and the envelope was returned today as undeliverable.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 May 2016 9:44am EDT) : I noticed the three ICEX 2016 covers are posted on the German blog... Search ..US Navy - Schiffspost der blog mit informationen fur sammler von schiffspost US Navy
  • esink (07 May 2016 4:08pm EDT) : The first I heard of the two subs at the polar area for ICEX 2016, I sent covers directly to them. Does anybody know if I can expect successful returns or might the covers just be returned at the return from the mission?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (07 May 2016 9:55am EDT) : Richard - I sent copies of the ICEX 2016 covers from USS Hartford SSN 768 as you requested. There are three different covers, not two as I originally thought. You should get them in the upcoming days.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (06 May 2016 12:16pm EDT) : The Navy will christen its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Manchester (LCS 14), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, May 7 in Mobile, Alabama.

    Manchester, designated LCS 14, honors the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • lbbrennan (05 May 2016 6:59pm EDT) : Glenn, Great cover. the precise site was not theologically necessary? Do you know the name of the RC Chaplain. Perhaps he served in WW II. Let's chat off line. I have the DIrectory for that time so I may be able to get his name. Never know if he was a young chaplain or an old Captain. We have two of our favorite topics, your handwritten covers and chaplains. Happy Cinco de Mayo.
  • lbbrennan (04 May 2016 6:47pm EDT) : Help Please. I am completing the first part of an article about USS Indianapolis and editor of the NH Postal History Journal asked for a cover from her last cruise. I would settle for any 1945 postmark from Indianapolis, June or July would be ideal. I suspect mail was off loaded at Guan or Sapian around 28 July 1945 and earlier and previously at Pearl Harbor. I have not seen a post 1943 postmark even on the NMC. A jpg scan would be great please email me at Thanks and best, Larry
  • guest_8168 (04 May 2016 5:13pm EDT) : Any you guys in Navy l963 or l964 when there was a dry dock fire at Norfork Naval Ship Yard on USS Arneb AKA 56?
  • Neal Mills (04 May 2016 1:41pm EDT) : esink,

    Never mind. I didn't read John Young's comment before I sent mine.
  • Neal Mills (04 May 2016 1:40pm EDT) : esink, do you still have the address for the lab?
  • esink (03 May 2016 10:47pm EDT) : Forgot to state that posting was for Thad...
  • esink (03 May 2016 6:59pm EDT) : I sent a bunch of covers like you did to the Arctic Research Lab for the ICEX Projects (I believe) and was instructed to use forever stamps then because of not knowing what future postage rates would be...I have not received any of these covers that John reported yet, so either mine are yet to be returned or I did not have enough with them.
  • John Young (03 May 2016 5:36pm EDT) : Ahoy Thad,

    The last address: Officer In Charge,
    140 Sylvester Road, San Diego CA

    Two covers arrived yesterday
    #1 OSC/ USS HARTFORD (SSN 768)
    penned North Pole 30 MAR 2016
    Ryan Hooper ASC - Ice Pilot
    pmk 20 APR 2016 Groton CT

    #2 embossed seal penned North Pole
    10 MAR 2016 sign Kevin M. Searls ASL with North Pole express mail Santa
    Sleigh cancel on Reagan stamp plus
    additional Purple Heart stamp pmked
    29 APR 2016 Groton CT
    Embossed seal unreadable but suspect it might be USS HAMPTON (SSN
  • Neal Mills (03 May 2016 4:09pm EDT) : Thad, thank you for the response. Hopefully someone will remember the address.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 May 2016 2:44pm EDT) : Will do...Chief
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 May 2016 2:41pm EDT) : Neal... I sent 20 or so covers years ago to the Arctic Lab in San Diego as directed by someone in the USCS I believe. They keep coming every year. I lost the address so when they are done they will be done. These have the ships seal and some have the ships cachet and all are signed and annotated. There is either a Groton postmark or a North Pole Santa Sleigh postmark on the covers. Maybe someone hear knows the address...
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (03 May 2016 2:16pm EDT) : The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation forces for the 11th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin May 11.

    This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness while enhancing partnerships with participating nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

    Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. This year's mission will be led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, embarked on the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), and will include more than 600 military and civilian personnel from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Japan.

    Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, the Republic of the Philippines, and Vietnam are all scheduled to host this year's Pacific Partnership mission. Japan will also lead a mission to Palau.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (03 May 2016 2:12pm EDT) : Thad
    Please send copies of Hartford NP covers for the LOG/

  • Neal Mills (03 May 2016 1:13pm EDT) : Thad, did you send the request for ICEX covers to the boats or to the Arctic lab? Did you send the request before the boats left port or after the ICEX announcement was made? Trying to mine you or info so that I may be able to get covers next year. Thanks.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 May 2016 1:03pm EDT) : Good day today... North Pole - ICEX 2016 covers from USS Hartford SSN (4 - covers - 2 different), USS Anzio CG 68 - Combo ship name and unit number in cancel and USS San Francisco SSN 711 anniversary pictorial from Norfolk. No Log yet in Pittsburgh.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (03 May 2016 12:56pm EDT) : CGC WPC 1117 Commissioning


    Fast Response Cutter Donald Horsley will be commissioned in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A tentative date of Friday, May 20, 2016 has been set. The cutter is named after the late Master Chief Petty Officer Donald Horsley. Master Chief Horsley served over forty-four years of active duty was both a World War II and Vietnam Veteran. Many of our Association Vietnam Veterans served with Horsley and have expressed an interest in attending. Please check the website for information as it becomes available. If you are considering attending, please contact me at: I will make sure you are added to the invitation list.
  • Dan Goodwin (03 May 2016 8:43am EDT) : I have placed copies of our Log in the local Library and touted the USCS at philatelic events including stamp club meetings. I even leave copies that I have read at doctor and dentist offices when I have appointments. Apparently none of these things are working. Most people I talk to really don't care.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 May 2016 6:02pm EDT) : On recruiting. I challenge anyone who has answers to our efforts in recruiting and retention to please step forward and volunteer to chair a committee or at least form a committee. I recruit, and I know several others who go out of their way to bring in new members. But, I constantly hear we need to do something. I am sure the board would agree with me, give us a plan. Over the past fifteen or twenty years we have tried several avenues and nothing has worked. Do we beat a dead horse and start over and do the same things we already did? We can throw money at it, but what would that accomplish? APS is lamenting loosing over 700 members in the past year. Will they come up with an answer to this question of recruiting and retention? They have been addressing this problem for more then five years that I can recall and I don't see them having a plan in place yet.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 May 2016 5:53pm EDT) : San Diego post office returned the chapter's USS GARY FFG-51 Decommissioning pictorial cancel of 8-5-15. All perfectly applied in a deep black ink. Actually, it had been so long I didn't realize that hey were MIA.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 May 2016 5:51pm EDT) : June Log arrived in the Indian Valley of SE PA today. Peggy's periodical class Log had a large "flat" cancellation across the back page. My First class arrived at the same time, but the stamps were not postmarked.
  • esink (02 May 2016 3:26pm EDT) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS ANZIO CG-68 with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd APR 12, 2016.
  • lbbrennan (01 May 2016 1:03pm EDT) : Happy Dewey Day. Hope the celebrate in Vermont and off set "Comrade Bernie" as President Obama called his fellow progressive democrat"

    Log received electronically yesterday. No new members reported. I may be mistaken but that is a first in my memory for over 45 years of USCS membership. Sad commentary on recruiting and retention effort. There has to be a change of course. What isn't working won't start working.
  • John Young (01 May 2016 1:00pm EDT) : Happy Dewey Day! It was celebrated on
    May 1st during the mid-1930s to off set
    the worker's celebrating a Labor Day by
    the Communists in America

    Still have not figured out why Bones Crosby and others celebrated Dewey Day on April 26th
  • Mike Meister (30 Apr 2016 5:24pm EDT) : May Log arrived in Columbus in today's mail.
  • lbbrennan (30 Apr 2016 2:59pm EDT) : don't know about Saturday's mail but standing by for the May LOG. Good luck with the covers from Last August. Now we may understand why Karcher and Reeves had a point. Just easier to gun deck yourself. And they both liked ship's postmarks.
  • esink (30 Apr 2016 12:55pm EDT) : MAY hardcopy Log received in central PA before eLOG; good reading material for weekend.
  • Rich Hoffner (29 Apr 2016 10:12pm EDT) : Got a call from San Diego post office, asking if I sent in for replacement covers for the GARY LDC. No, they are the covers I sent last August. Employee was a little confused, does not know why they just appeared on his desk. Good news is, he still has the cancel and will get them back to me. USPS at work for YOU!
  • lbbrennan (28 Apr 2016 3:38pm EDT) : I will try to go through my boxes and check DDs. Think I have some events but probably not ship postmarks. Timing depends on whether or not this trial settles. If it doesn't I may be MIA until the end of May. Need to finish the first half of my NJPHS article about USS Indianapolis. There is a movie that may be released soon but release date is moving. This is the 71st anniversary of the sinking at the end of July. Really a complex tragedy.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Apr 2016 10:45am EDT) : Neal ... Nope, nothing as of yesterday from Emory S. Land. Hope something comes back in the next few days. Last correspondence was the return of my covers as "not deliverable". Let you know if/when they come in. Hope I am as lucky as you were.
  • Neal Mills (27 Apr 2016 12:14pm EDT) : Thad Kaczkowski -- Did you get serviced covers back from USS Emory S. Land? I got mine back yesterday. The ship did a nice job cancelling the covers but they were destroyed (bent & folded) in the return envelope. They were for Sub Force birthday on 11 April. Oh well, guess I have next year's cachet ready to go.
  • John Young (25 Apr 2016 4:50am EDT) : Boats: BENNETT a hard one, not even a
    KL or Lau. in by tin can collection

    Other FLETCHERS hard to get
    CHEVALIER (*451), STRONG (*467), DE HAVEN (*469) HUDSON (475)PRINGLE (*477) STANLEY (478) & LEUTZE (481)

  • BMCM JONES 3933 (24 Apr 2016 9:53pm EDT) : USS Bennett DD -473

    Does anybody have a cover from this ship?

    None in the museum
  • lbbrennan (22 Apr 2016 3:57pm EDT) : call the pd, feds, or USCG
  • guest_423 (22 Apr 2016 3:39pm EDT) : I have unregistered boats and mischief, a little cooking of the meth on a house boat tied to the levee just above my property. How do I rid of them?
  • lbbrennan (21 Apr 2016 6:22pm EDT) : quiet month.
  • lbbrennan (21 Apr 2016 6:21pm EDT) : From Admiral Nimitz' Gray Book about the first sighting of the survivors of USS Indianapolis

    At about 1100/K yesterday a search plane from PELELIU sighted 30 surrl vors in the water at 11-30, 133-00, dropped a transmitter and emergency lifeboat. Later other survivors were seen in lifeboats. Dumbo planes were sent out with emergency equipnent, ships were diverted to the scene, and other ships were sent out from
    ULITHI. By midnight several ships ~re at the scene, and reported that the survivors were from INDIANAPOLIS (CA 35), sunk on the night of the 29th. The SALAMAUA ASW Group made a sonar contact about 200 miles to the west. The contact was not
    retained, but the search is continuing. Carriers and oilers are operating in the
    vicinity of 25-00 136-45, to~, waiting for the weather to clear.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (18 Apr 2016 3:20pm EDT) : Delaware (SSN 791) Keel Laying on April 30, 2016

    On April 30, 2016, Ship's Sponsor Dr. Jill Biden will authenticate the keel of Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) by chalking her initials onto a metal plate. During the ceremony, her initials will be welded onto a steel plate that will later be permanently affixed to the submarine. The event will be broadcast live online starting at 11:00 a.m. ET.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 7:02pm EDT) : Hear that NPN did their own cover for the Keel Laying of the DELAWARE, which included a pictorial postmark (their own) with no postage stamp. They have been doing this for several years. In the past, such covers had stamps and the cancels they used were given to the Newport News VA post office. Wonder how the wheels fell off this?
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 6:58pm EDT) : A pictorial cancel is in place for Fleet Week NY honoring the USS FT McHENRY at the Staten Island post office.

    A similar postmark is in place at Ft. Lauderdale FL for Fleet Week / Broward Navy Days honoring the USS BATAAN.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 6:17pm EDT) : Seven have been reported in the PB for the 100th Anniversary of U S C G Aviation. The designs were done by Wolfgang Hechler. The USPS rep I spoke with states that she will use her address in Sacramento for the cancel from North Highlands CA and forward them to Kansas City for cancelling. We shall see how this works out.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 5:53pm EDT) : The USPS notified me officially yesterday thet the eighth pictorial will be approved for N. Highlands CA, home of CGAS Sacramento for 4-1-16. A tad late but welcome news. Wait for this to appear in the PB to get the correct address.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Apr 2016 5:51pm EDT) : The NY Stamp Show 2016 is an opportunity to add cachets for the ships taking part in Fleet Week NY. I'll be checking the list to see which USCG covers can be done with the show cancels.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (14 Apr 2016 9:40pm EDT) : May LOG is at the printers.

    I need the June and July columns shortly.

  • Stewart B. Milstein (10 Apr 2016 10:45pm EDT) : Not many covers on hand as we prepare to head home to NY.
  • John Young (10 Apr 2016 11:13am EDT) : Sunday morning visit. Hope all is well & that we will finally see spring.

    I see that Fleet Week will coincide with part of the first weekend of New York Stamp Show at Jarvits Center
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (07 Apr 2016 2:33pm EDT) : Excellent cover received from the USS Gonzalez DDG 66 (09570). It is the first I have seen with the Unit number, ship name and designation all in the same cancel. Excellent strike and cachet dated March 28, 2016. USS Gonzalez DDG 66 and FPO AE 09670 around the circular cancel and Unit 100308 Box1 and date all straight lined inside circle. Also received the first of the 100th Anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation pictorials from Buzzards Bay, Ma.. nicely done too.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (04 Apr 2016 5:34pm EDT) : Fleet Week-New York City 2016
    The festivities from May 25-31 will feature as many 4,500 sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as Royal Canadian sailors and Naval Academy midshipmen. Ship tours are available most days at the ships. Check for info on Fleet Week's official website. The parade of ships that kicks off the festivities is set for May 25.
    The Navy and Marine participation, according to Fleet Week organizers:
    • Amphibious assault ship Bataan, berthed at Pier 888 in Manhattan.
    • 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, at Pier 888.
    • Destroyers Farragut and Bainbridge, at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
    • Dock landing ship Fort McHenry, at USS The Sullivans Homeport Pier, Staten Island.
    • Coastal patrol ship Shamal, USS The Sullivans Homeport Pier, Staten Island.
    • Four Naval Academy yard patrol training boats.

    Coast Guard:
    • Seagoing buoy tender Juniper, at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
    • Medium endurance cutter Forward, at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
    Royal Canadian Navy ships:
    • Destroyer Athabaskan, at Pier 92S in Manhattan.
    • Coastal defense vessels Kingston and Moncton, at Pier 92S in Manhattan.
    • Submarine Windsor, at Pier 92S in Manhattan.
  • John Young (04 Apr 2016 2:20am EDT) : Mid rats: Peanut Butter & cheese on whole wheat and glass cold milk

    Hard copy April LOG arrived in Hudson Valley in Saturday's mail but a great read on Sunday morning.

    Spent Saturday at girls lacrosse game
    at Manhattan's Gallic Park
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Apr 2016 10:00pm EDT) : An eLOG update for CG Pictorial cancels
    has been sent to all eLOG list members

    Cancels are good for 30 days--send now.
  • Bob Lamb (01 Apr 2016 8:16am EDT) : Is there a Royal Navy version of the DANFS any where on line ?
  • Bob Lamb (01 Apr 2016 8:15am EDT) : Excellent monthly edition
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Mar 2016 10:36pm EDT) : April eLOGs have been sent to all members who requested the service.

    6 members kicked back because of bad emails or box was too full.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (31 Mar 2016 1:01pm EDT) : Rich.. The corrected pictorial for USS Greeneville came from Norfolk yesterday. Also the listing of the pictorials for the 100th Anniversary of US Coast Guard Aviation are listed in the new Postal Bulletin today ...Clearwater, Buzzards Bay, Corpus Christi, Elizabeth City, Honolulu and Kodiak. Sending out today....
  • John Young (31 Mar 2016 6:22am EDT) : half cup Ricotta cheese, crushed pineapple & all bran buds

    Maxwell House (high test), milk, no sugar

    Looking forward to Jersey Chapter meeting next Tuesday evening 4/5/16 at 7:30 PM

    Presently working on 10 frame exhibit
    entitled "The Cachet" for AMERICOVER 2016
  • Neal Mills (30 Mar 2016 9:49pm EDT) : Rich, thank you for the heads up on the Deleware KL.
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Mar 2016 4:50pm EDT) : Mid rats in Franconia (10AM I get up late). Two fresh from the coop brown eggs and turkey bacon. Toast, wheat thin flat bread. Beverage, Folgers Classic decaf with sugar free hazelnut Coffeemate. Can you tell who is on a diet?
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Mar 2016 4:25pm EDT) : Pictorial cancels are in the work: for two East Coast Fleet Weeks.

    Broward Navy Days, Fleet Week Ft. Lauderdale FL 33316. May 5 honoring USS Bataan.

    Fleet Week NYC with a pictorial at Staten Island NY on May 25 honoring USS Fort McHenry.

    Thank you Wolfgang Hechler for the designs for these two pictorials.
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Mar 2016 4:18pm EDT) : Newport News Shipbuilding will lay the keel for the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN 791) on April 30. No pictorial is planned, the time is too short.
  • David Lorms #12402 (28 Mar 2016 8:09pm EDT) : Nice article in new issue of Smithsonian about the sinking of the CSS Albemarle...a quick one page read
  • lbrennan (25 Mar 2016 12:01pm EDT) : great USCS Log article about USS Conestoga from 2008 by LCDR Glenn Smith
  • lbrennan (25 Mar 2016 11:58am EDT) : Great find and thanks Elgin. I need to send for new covers and postmarks myself.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Mar 2016 8:55pm EDT) : Thanks for the info on Truman Elgin, going to give it a try myself.
  • esink (24 Mar 2016 5:00pm EDT) : Superb FREE frank received today from USS TRUMAN with corner card, nicely applied ship cachet and clear new type cancel dtd 18 MAR 2016.
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