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Online Chat Archives – December 2018 – February 2019


  • guest_1591 (04 Mar 2019 3:39am EST) : I would like to know how I can request my citizenship letter america
  • Neal Mills (01 Mar 2019 12:05am EST) : Mike Meister — Thank you.
  • Mike Meister (28 Feb 2019 8:54pm EST) : Louisville is on deployment as I just got covers today postmarked in Bahrain on 2/19. Also covers from VFA 151 were postmarked on the Stennis on 1/22! So mail from that area is slow.
  • Mike Meister (28 Feb 2019 8:48pm EST) : Info for SSN 724 is from the boat
  • Neal Mills (28 Feb 2019 4:06pm EST) : Mike Meister – where did you see the info on SSN 724’s decomm?
  • Mike Meister (28 Feb 2019 3:48pm EST) : Get your covers ready for USS Louisville SSN 724 decomm in October. Also a nice surprise from VFA 151 aboard Stennis a cover flown by a Royal Navy exchange pilot.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (28 Feb 2019 10:12am EST) : 300+ March USCS eLOGs have been set to members requesting the service.
  • guest_176 (24 Feb 2019 10:08am EST) : We are going through my husband’s parents estate, and his father is a long-time member of this organization and a collector of first day covers. He has decades of print issues of the USCS log he has saved. We are looking to donate them to someone who would continue to appreciate them as he has.
    Would your organization be interested in these copies? I would say they are in pristine condition.

    Thank you for your time and attention.
    Jen Carter-Edmund

  • John young (24 Feb 2019 3:00am EST) : Craig, try contacting USCS chapter coordinator George marcincin at George.marcincin@verizon.net

    He usually gets the annual reports from the chapters around this time

  • guest_368 (23 Feb 2019 9:41am EST) : Hi
    I’m out in San Pedro and was wondering if the USS LOS ANGELES chapter still meets at the maritime museum but i didnt bring any contact info.
    Does anyone have a name and number?

    Craig Dalton

  • guest_4490 (22 Feb 2019 2:00pm EST) : Someone stole my us citatzen ship card. How do I get another card
  • John young (22 Feb 2019 3:33am EST) : Any covers from the carriers that bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941? Doc

    Who’s Karl Lewis?

  • guest_4784 (21 Feb 2019 5:32pm EST) : Dear Collectors: My name is Dr.Steven Berlin and wanted to inform your membership that my Karl Lewis Collection will be in the Kelleher & Rodgers auction on March 16. The collection contains many scarce military ship covers and special cancellations. There are also many Japanese covers during the war on rare island cancels in the Pacific regions that may have interest to your membership. Thank you: Steve Berlin DPM
  • John young (21 Feb 2019 2:13am EST) : Just checking in. No covers,just reading Killing the S.S.

    Anyone know any stamp shops in The sunshine state

  • John young (19 Feb 2019 4:47am EST) : Unable to access my social emails, as will be away until March 4th
    Will contact gatorsailor later WeLcome abroad All thumbs
  • guest_70 (18 Feb 2019 12:41pm EST) : Ahoy mate, B
    Being a seniors, I try to get along with everyone but sometime I run into some snowflakes that send me potty pottys. To see more about me past member of the month and I’m Miss October 2005

    Once again, welcome abroad. see on the radio

  • Ralph Young (15 Feb 2019 9:22am EST) : John. my email is: gatorsailor@msn.com.

    Ralph Young
    Clinton, UT

  • Ralph Young (15 Feb 2019 9:20am EST) : John. Thanks. I served as ship’s company aboard the USS Schofield FFG-3. & USS Raleigh LPD-1. I also served with Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group, Det Two, out of NAS North Island; the Wargaming Center at The Naval War College, Newport RI; and Fleet Combat Training Center, Atlantic, Dam Neck, VA. While aboard the Schofield, I was sent TAD to Long Beach Shore Patrol for six months, and while I was with FEWSG, I was TAD aboard US and allied ships including two weeks aboard the USCGC Venturous WMEC-625. While we were living in Rhode Island, we lived two doors down from a MKCS that was overseeing the new constriction of the Bear Class cutters. Met several CG RDs over the years at various trainings. Found out that I was multi-lingual – I speak Coastie and Marine, and being the son of a soldier, I can get by in Army circles as well.
  • John Young (14 Feb 2019 11:57pm EST) : Ahoy Ralph
    Only too happy to find another
    “Young” that has a interest in history
    and since you already have a sponsor
    I will sent the check to our treasurer,
    Lloyd Ferrell.

    You sent in the application and I’ll email Lloyd. If you have any questions
    feel free to contact me if you can’t get
    that N.C. Pirate

    Welcome aboard and what ship(s) did you serve aboard as a OS. My email is
    rkhooligan@aol.com The hooligan became I was in Coast Guard in the last century.

    Ahoy Elgin
    Thanks, as I received 17000 series &
    I owe you a Yuengling Light

  • Ralph Young (14 Feb 2019 10:45pm EST) : Hello John Young. Yes, it is James C Weeks whos collection that I am working with at the museum. I would be honored to accept your gift of membership. I have been in communication with Greg Ciesielski at the NCM and he has been helping me with suggestions on how to organize the collection. One of his suggestions was to join the society as well. I just completed the application listing Greg as my sponsor. Can I have two sponsors?
  • John Young (11 Feb 2019 12:36am EST) : Elgin: thanks, email me a copy as I can’t anything in the Goat’s man cave

    Guess, the bride was right! After trip to Florida, I got to clean up my act…

  • Elgin Sink (09 Feb 2019 1:21pm EST) : John, If you can’t locate your shore station list, I can email or snail mail you a copy…A couple years ago after you mailed me a copy of yours, I found my complete listing from the 70s.
  • John Young (09 Feb 2019 2:31am EST) : Ahoy Ralph Young:
    that gentleman “Weeks” would not happen to be James C. Weeks of Salt Lake City UT. He was USCS #9862 & if
    memory serves me right, he collected hospital ships

    Being a retired sailor, who likes our
    military history, who you accept free membership in the USCS for one year.
    Just fill out application and I’ll sent in
    the check. Put me down a my name & USCS number. If you don’t like it, you
    can drop out after a year

    John Young, USCS #8219 (L)

    Elgin Sink: nice job on Branch #17055 misplaced my 17000 series list

  • Ralph Young (07 Feb 2019 11:08am EST) : BMCM Jones 3933, thanks for the info. Apparently the collection belonged to a gentleman named Weeks who passed a few years back. Our director managed to rescue most of his collection, unfortunately, Mr. Weeks’ son did throw away several hundred “Non-Military” covers.

    I am a retired Navy OS1, with a background in ancient and maritime history at the museum.

  • Elgin Sink (07 Feb 2019 7:45am EST) : Richard/I have an old reference list from the 70s stating US NAVY 17055 BR as Naval Housing Activity, Yokohama Japan.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (07 Feb 2019 12:20am EST) : Ralph Young

    Look on our home page for the Naval Cover Museum link/

    It will help with organization, postmark classification and links to ship pages with illustrations

  • BMCM JONES 3933 (07 Feb 2019 12:17am EST) : Member wants to know location of US NAVY 17055 BR

    Any reference books to point him to?

  • Ralph Young (06 Feb 2019 2:41pm EST) : I am a decent at the Fort Douglas Military Museum, in Salt Lake City, Ut. The museum has several thousand postal covers, the majority Naval, that I have been asked to organize and catalogue. I stumbled upon your organization while doing my research, and I was hoping that you could provide some guidance.
  • Elgin Sink (06 Feb 2019 11:51am EST) : Interesting compressed info on icebreakers evolvement, guest_2190…thanks
  • john macco (06 Feb 2019 5:37am EST) : Thank you for the info guest.
  • guest_2190 (06 Feb 2019 12:39am EST) : Ahoy John Macco:
    The Coast Guard built four “Wind” class icebreakers during WW 2 that were named Northwind (W278), Eastwind (W279), Southwind (W280) & Westwind (W281) and three were loaned to Russia under Lend-lease.

    Only Cutter Eastwind (WAGB 279)served in Coast Guard (1944-68) and
    three replacements were built with USS Burton Island (AG 88/ AGB 1) and USS Edisto (AG 89/ AGB 3) serving in USN until 1965/66 when the
    Navy turned all icebreakers over to USCG

    The third was USCGC Northwind II
    (WAGB 282 that saw service 1945-89

    The Russians returned the three winds with Southwind being renamed
    USS ATKA (AGB 3), Northwind I being renamed USS Staten Island (AGB 5)
    and USCGC Westwind (WAGB 281)

    The Navy built USS Glacier (AGB 4)
    that served 1955-66) before becoming
    USCGC Glacier (WAGB 4) until its LDC
    in May 1987.

    The only three icebreakers: Burton Island (WAGB 283). Edisto (WAGB 284) & Atka took its original name Southwind (WAGB 280) until 1974

    The Polar sisters USCGC Polar Star
    (WAGB 10) & USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB 11) came into service 1976 and 1978 after several “winds” were
    decommissioned 1968 thru 1978

    The newest icebreaker USCGC HEALY was commissioned in 2000 and
    she only goes north, while the Polar
    Star is only one going to Antarctica

    Hope this helps explaining Polar Icebreaker 101

  • John Galla (05 Feb 2019 7:49pm EST) : John Macco – every type of ship/craft has their own designation. Just like the USN has DDG, CG, CVN, SSN, ect. WAGB is a large icebreaker. WMSL are the new National Security Cutters. WHEC are high endurance cutters. WMEC are medium endurance cutters. There are a lot of them. There is a Wikipedia page that can tell you what each one means and the ships in that class.
  • Mike Meister (05 Feb 2019 5:40pm EST) : February Paper LOG arrived in Columbus yesterday.
  • john macco (05 Feb 2019 5:35pm EST) : The Coast Guard cutters designation is WAGB? Are there others?
  • Randy Pence (04 Feb 2019 5:03pm EST) : Just need to brag a bit. Today I received my 8th USS Quiros cover in the mail. A really tough Yangtze Patrol ship to find!
    I now have two pre-post mark covers, four postmarks from the ship, one legal sized cover with the Quiros corner card, and today’s cover, an incoming postcard to the Quiros from what appears to be a fellow sailor while in Nagasaki. The hunt is on for #9!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Feb 2019 4:29pm EST) : John Macco – If you are lucky enough to get a return from a Coast Guard cutter it will be posted at a shore facility or a military facility other than CG. NO Coast Guard post offices any longer. They have been discontinued for many years now. The icebreakers were the primary CG cutters with post offices.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Feb 2019 4:25pm EST) : John Macco – There are NO post offices aboard Coast Guard cutters any longer.
  • john macco (02 Feb 2019 9:38am EST) : Is there a list of Coast Guard cutters that have working post offices?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Feb 2019 5:06pm EST) : John Galla – Glad to hear about Resolute. Please keep us posted as to your returns. Thanks.
  • John Galla (01 Feb 2019 4:29pm EST) : Got back my covers from USCGC Resolute (WMEC-620) today. They stamped the return address in the left corner and used a gold foil embossed seal. Very cool and I’m quite happy they responded. Also, the post office returned my mail to USCGC James (WMSL-754) stating it was unable to forward to an address in Brunswick, GA. I looked online and the official page for the cutter as well as their Facebook page (which seems to be kept up to date) still has them in North Charleston, SC. I double checked my mail and I addressed it exactly as it is shown on both sites. Anyone encounter this before or have any information?
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Feb 2019 12:32am EST) : You will find pages 11 and 14 are duplicates in the February LOG.

    I really do have an appointment for cataract surgery in February. Missing too many little things and my wife hates my driving

    Richard Jones
    Log editor

  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Jan 2019 9:49pm EST) : February eLOG has been sent to members requesting it.

    Enjoy in front of the fireplace. Stay warm!

  • Elgin Sink (31 Jan 2019 8:03pm EST) : Here is interesting info on future CVNs construction: https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=108482
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Jan 2019 9:54pm EST) : John Macco – No problem. The only standing post offices in the Coast Guard in the past were aboard the ice breakers. Some of the WHEC’s had a post office for short periods when deployed but not normally. Now no Coast Guard cutters has a post office. It’s like the LCS’s – none have post offices or even service mail. GOOD LUCK with your Coast Guard cutters. Please share any returns you get back on the chat-page. Thanks.
  • john macco (30 Jan 2019 5:05pm EST) : Thad- Thanks for the information. I could remember in the past most coast guard cutters had post offices and serviced covers for collectors. Thanks again for the information.
  • Rich Hoffner (29 Jan 2019 9:06pm EST) : John Galla, when the fire broke out aboard the USS MIAMI at Portsmouth NH, I doubt anyone cared which state it was in. The amount of emergency response units was staggering and much of it much farther away then Maine or New Hampshire. As a former member of a volunteer fire department, I have been in lumber yard fires, but not sure I would want to respond to a nuclear powered submarine on fire.
  • Rich Hoffner (29 Jan 2019 8:59pm EST) : Perhaps you already know this. The USCS has formed committee looking into either having a new website built for the USCS, or having major upgrades done to our site if that will suffice. A committee is in place but it presently lacks leadership. The chair recently left the committee. We are looking for a USCS member to chair the committee, someone who can wrangle us all into a cohesive group as we look toward to the future of the USCS with a more professional website. Anyone with a little IT experience or perhaps was in anyway associated with building a new website is welcome to apply. Is it YOU? Contact me or our president Richard Jones.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jan 2019 7:54pm EST) : John Macco – Coast Guard Cutters do not have post offices aboard. Here is a sample of something I use when sending. You have to remember these guys have no idea what you are asking for so you have to be specific. Do not use Navophilatelic lingo like cover, use envelope or corner card use return address etc. Something like this: I am a collector of envelopes serviced aboard U. S. Coast Guard Cutters and I would like very much to have the enclosed envelopes serviced aboard the USCGC −-−–. Please place your cutters return address stamp or printed return address along with your cutters cachet or seal on the enclosed envelope. If possible please have the Commanding Officer autograph the envelope below the cachet or seal. Upon completion please place the serviced envelope in the mail. Please do not seal the envelope closed when returning it. Thank you very much for your time and trouble it is very greatly appreciated by this collector. I am truly looking forward to adding the USCGC −-−– to my collection. Best Regards…. You get the jest of it… I just did this off the top of my head but it’s similar to what I write.
    Good luck ….. I also do a little drawing of the envelope to show them where I want things placed…it helps. Coast Guard covers are really tough to get now. In the past almost all cutters serviced mail and most had cachets..not so much anymore. Hope this info helps.
  • john macco (28 Jan 2019 6:24pm EST) : can somebody tell me how i should word a letter of request to a coast guard cutter? I know some cutters do not have post offices.
  • John Galla (27 Jan 2019 4:57pm EST) : Good question Rich, that could be. I run a fire news website and was allowed access a few years back to photograph the fire department apparatus. It was a funny joke with the fire crews about the mix of Maine and New Hampshire in the base. The firefighters were saying how it’s a bit odd being in two states. It’s called Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, but I guess more of it is technically in Kittery than Portsmouth. The CG cutters are tied up together on an L shaped pier. There doesn’t seem to be a particular spot each one is at. The bend of the L where it turns further into the base seems to be only used if all 3 are in. Otherwise they use the longer part that is closer to the open water. Which is good if you want to get a photo of any of them. Even better if the bow is facing away from the base. Just in case you were wondering, ha ha.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2019 7:02pm EST) : John, that is amazing. The last pictorial I submitted to Portsmouth, I recall the retail manager telling me she was sending it to the base to be used. Perhaps both post offices share a postmaster?
  • John Galla (26 Jan 2019 5:58pm EST) : Rich, I can say with certainty that the 3 cutters out of Portsmouth, NH Shipyard are berthed on the same pier. As to why the different states for addresses, who knows. Some buildings have NH addresses but Maine area codes.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Jan 2019 5:57pm EST) : Rich – According to what I found on-line the USS Tulsa LCS 16 will be commissioned February 16, 2019 at Pier 30/32 on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA. Not sure what that will be for a mailing address.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2019 2:49pm EST) : LS2 Mathew Zorn, USN is the newest member of the USCS. Welcome Aboard Mathew!
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2019 2:43pm EST) : I have learned that new cutters are not provided with a return address stamp. Why not? Who knows. Anyone who get a reply from a USCG cutter and they want a cachet stamp donated, let me know as the USCS has a cachet donation project.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2019 2:41pm EST) : Portsmouth NH Naval base is located on both sides of the Piscataqua River. Part in Kittery ME and part in Portsmouth NH. Perhaps the cutters are not berthed together, but at different piers, but both on the base (different locations on the Piscataqua River). The state line goes down the middle of the river.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Jan 2019 2:33pm EST) : Anyone pick up on the commissioning date of the USS TULSA LCS 16 yet? Possible date is February in San Diego. No pictorial planned unless the date is delayed. Need a minimum of eight weeks or more to get a request in for a pictorial.
  • Elgin Sink (25 Jan 2019 3:02pm EST) : Nicely processed FREE frank received today from USS JOHN C. STENNIS CVN 74 with hand-written corner card, ship cachet and clear cancel dtd JAN 11 2019.
  • John Young (23 Jan 2019 3:22pm EST) : Joe Morper: Contact Steve Shay at Shaymur@flash.net for a hard copy or Richard Jones at
    bmcmjones@yahoo.com for email copy
  • Mike Meister (22 Jan 2019 9:04pm EST) : January LOG still hasn’t arrived her in Columbus.
  • Joe Morper # 11838 (22 Jan 2019 12:48pm EST) : Hello,

    I lost my recent copy of the USCS log. It’s the one with the new list of FPO address for the ships. Can I get another copy–would be glad to pay for it. Can you send me the cost and where to mail the payment,.

    Also, looks like my subscription renews this year. Am I late or hasn’t the invoice gone out yet.

    Thank you
    Joe Morper

  • guest_1332 (21 Jan 2019 7:11pm EST) : 0-0
  • John Galla (19 Jan 2019 6:08pm EST) : Thad – certainly is odd how they have different addresses even though they are in the same place. Unlike say Boston where all the units there have the same address.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Jan 2019 7:33am EST) : John – The SDL gives the address for Reliance as 03904 – Kittery, ME and Campbell and Tacoma as 03804 – Portsmouth, NH but all using PNSY as the common address. Strange that they are located together and one uses Kittery and the other two use Portsmouth as the city code.
  • John Galla (18 Jan 2019 8:22pm EST) : Sorry, that should have said Thad that is correct. no idea why the eight is a smiley face either.
  • John Galla (18 Jan 2019 8:21pm EST) : That – correct, the address is still the same. The Tahoma (WMEC-908) and Campbell (WMEC-909) are at the same location although their addresses are a little different from each other. Not sure why, they tie up at the same pier. I’ve taken photos of all 3 ships.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Jan 2019 6:59pm EST) : Great news John. I will try sending to WMEC 615. They did have a cachet and rubber address stamp at one time. Is the address still % PNSY, Bldg 171, Kittery, ME 03904-5000 ? I have the CG Standard Distribution List from 2008. I believe that’s the last published list. I gathered the new -WPC’s addresses from the addresses published in the Log but not much luck getting the covers back from them. Again, please share anything you get back.
  • John Galla (18 Jan 2019 3:45pm EST) : Thad – I just got my first one back today. Certainly was quick. It was from the USCGC Reliance WMEC-615 out of Portsmouth NH (or Kittery ME depending upon where you stand). They hand wrote the return address and instead of using the embossing seal on the envelope, they took the index card I used for filler and stamped that, put it inside the envelope and returned it. It’s a little hard to see, but I’m happy to have gotten something back. I will have to reword my letters, they might not have been sure of what I was asking them to do. I’m still happy they sent it back, pretty cool getting the first one.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (18 Jan 2019 9:48am EST) : John – I just never hear back from them. Most cutters no longer use rubber stamp return address stamps (corner cards) on envelopes because they basically no longer use the mail with all the electronics out there. If they ever do it’s a computer generated printed sticker. It’s a shame because in the past the CG did a wonderful job with collectors mail – all sizes of vessels serviced covers. This is why if you get something back please post. Now, USCGC Thetis WMEC 910 out of Key West, FL serviced covers with the new cachet supplied by Rich Hoffner. I resent to the cutter and they serviced my additional cover perfectly. This was the exception rather than the rule I have found lately. GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HUNTING !!! When you do get something back it will be worth it. Happy collecting.
  • John Galla (17 Jan 2019 8:34pm EST) : Thad – I will post if I get any back from CG Cutters. Is your mail returned as refused or do you just never hear back?
  • Elgin Sink (17 Jan 2019 6:45pm EST) : Nice covers received today for the 10TH Anniversary of commissioning (10 JAN 19) of USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH CV77 processed by the LS2 mentioned in a previous post or on the website…surprised they got to the carrier in time because my mailing was sent on 5 JAN 19.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Jan 2019 6:27pm EST) : John Galla – please share any responses you get from Coast Guard Cutters. CG covers have been tough to come by over the past years. I haven’t had ANY luck with CG Cutters over the past 3 – 4 years except for OP DF’s. In the old days (pre-9/11) almost all cutters responded to collector requests and so did Navy ships.
  • John Galla (17 Jan 2019 12:02pm EST) : John Young: Got the list, thank you. That sure was fast. I have a couple updates that you and others might be interested in. CGC Grand Isle (WPB-1338) is not out of Gloucester, Mass anymore. From what I understand it was decommissioned in late 2016. CGC Key Largo (WPB-1324) was transferred to Gloucester to replace Grand Isle and is still tied up there. And CGC Reef Shark (WPB-87371) has been out of Boston for at least a few years now. My contacts in the CG have long since retired, so I can’t say exactly when this was transferred or why. But, I can say it’s been stationed there since at least 2016.
  • john macco (16 Jan 2019 6:06pm EST) : John Young- I received the lists you sent. Thank you very much. Can you give me a tip when sending covers to Coast Guard ships?
  • Mike Meister (16 Jan 2019 10:10am EST) : No LOG here in Columbus yet.
  • John Young (16 Jan 2019 8:54am EST) : Ahoy John Galla,
    USCG dates, rating & duty stations
    and I see if I have any duplicate covers
  • John Galla (15 Jan 2019 12:18pm EST) : John Young: awesome, thank you. I’m ex Coast Guard, so I like the CG Cutter covers. But, I’m also interested in USN ones as well. My Dad served on the USS Columbus (CA-74) and the USS Des Moines (CA-134) and have several covers with post marks from those ships. I attended the commissioning of the USS Thomas Hudner in Boston and that was pretty special, especially since my dad was on the crew that commissioned the USS Des Moines in Boston 70 years earlier. I never thought to write ships myself and am looking forward to giving it a try.
  • John Young (15 Jan 2019 11:58am EST) : John Galla: Welcome aboard, USCG addresses will be in tomorrow’s mail

    Enjoy the adventure of chasing naval
    covers, what’s your interests?

    Visit the Naval Cover Museum and find
    your poison i.e. battleships, cruisers, destroyer or aircraft carriers

    Try our cover circuits run by Stewart Milstein. See page 31

    Take a look at Facebook chapters

  • John Galla (15 Jan 2019 8:06am EST) : John Young, is it possible for me to get a copy of the Coast Guard addresses as well? New member here and just found the online chat.
  • john macco (14 Jan 2019 2:33pm EST) : Thanks John Young
  • John Young (13 Jan 2019 2:26pm EST) : Way in tomorrow’s mail
  • John Young (13 Jan 2019 2:26pm EST) : John Macco: Copy of Coast Guard addresses coming you
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Jan 2019 3:00pm EST) : Greg C just updated the NCM page for cachet-maker Lt. Lewis Glow board BB-62. Can you add any covers to his page?


  • Elgin Sink (10 Jan 2019 10:41pm EST) : Also sent covers for ALVIN 5000 with my own created cachet and hope I too allowed enough room for that large cancel…
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Jan 2019 8:41pm EST) : Just sent covers to Boston for the ALVIN 5000 dive pictorial. Interesting size, and if correct a whopper! 4″ x 2″? A tad large?
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Jan 2019 8:40pm EST) : Cindy A. Nakagawa has assumed a new position in Honolulu HI and is no longer their retail specialist. The acting retail specialist is Ann A. Rilveria. If you keep up to date records, use her name when sending for cancels in Honolulu HI.
  • John Young (10 Jan 2019 3:11pm EST) : Interesting that FDC (8 NOV 2018) covers from Commissioning Station, San Pedro CA 90731 arrived today in sealed wrapper

    Nice job! Richard

  • Rich Hoffner (10 Jan 2019 1:38am EST) : Ann RIilveria: Please email me at pauscg@gmail.com about the cancellation device. Thanks, Rich Hoffner
  • Ann RIilveria from United Stat (09 Jan 2019 5:29pm EST) : Hi,

    I’m trying to get a hold of Mr. Richard F. Hoffner. This is regarding a cancellation device that we received.

  • Paul Huber (08 Jan 2019 6:16pm EST) : We have decided to go to ARIPEX in February. We got the last booth
  • Denny Gill (03 Jan 2019 6:37pm EST) : Mike Meister, yes, my covers to the Peralta also came back marked “refused,” last week. Wonder what’s up with the ship?
  • Mike Meister (03 Jan 2019 4:00pm EST) : My covers to USS Rafael Peralta came back today marked “Refused”
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2019 7:54pm EST) : John Macco, I don’t think there is a complete list of US Coast Guard units or cutters. Last one was published and in the public domain just before 9-11. Most can be found by using a search engine for the ships name or unit name.
  • PHIL S (31 Dec 2018 7:16pm EST) : hard copy uses log arrived today in northern new jersey. another great issue!
  • Elgin Sink (31 Dec 2018 5:23pm EST) : January hardcopy LOG received today in central PA Harrisburg area…great reading for the New Year holiday tomorrow!
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Dec 2018 12:59am EST) : JAnuary 2019 eLOGs pdf have been sent tonight.

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Discovery Center
    15 School Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543

    The U.S. Postal Service, in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the DSV Alvin Chapter #108 of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society welcomes the public to the one day DSV-2 ALVIN 5000TH Dive Station pictorial cancel event from 10am-2pm on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the Ocean Science Discovery Center at
    15 School Street, Woods Hole, MA.

    Major milestones in Alvin’s career:
    Dive #1 – 6/26/64, Woods Hole Harbor
    Dive #1000 – 1/15/80, Panama Basin
    Dive #2000 – 3/22/88, East Pacific Rise
    Dive #3000 – 9/20/95, Endevour Ridge
    Dive #4000 – 4/12/04, East Pacific Rise, 9N
    Dive #5000 – 11/25/18, Guaymas Basin

    The last time a pictorial postmark was sponsored by WHOI was for the Open House celebrating their 75th Anniversary on September 10, 2005.

    Those who cannot attend the event may submit a mail order request. Requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial postmark date (12/28/18).
    Customers wishing to obtain a postmark must affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of their choice bearing at least the minimum First Class Mail postage. Items submitted for postmark may not include postage issued after the date of the requested postmark (12/28/18). Leave ample room for the size of the postmark; ~4”x2”. Items may be addressed to themselves or others with a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness, and the flap tucked in.

    Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to:

    Pictorial Postmarks
    DSV-2 Alvin 5000th Dive Station
    25 Dorchester Avenue, Room 4009
    Boston, MA 02205-9600

  • john macco (28 Dec 2018 10:45am EST) : Can anybody direct me to a link or to a list of addresses so I can send to the Coast Guard vessels?
  • Elgin Sink (25 Dec 2018 11:03am EST) : Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my USCS friends and families!
  • guest_4510 (24 Dec 2018 11:10pm EST) : Happy Holidays to all. I hope everyone gets what they wish for so that they can start a new list on Jan 1.
  • John Young (24 Dec 2018 11:00am EST) : It’s the day before Christmas here in the lower Hudson Valley with a lite dusting of snow on the ground and we’re waiting for Santa Claus to bring some Coast Guard covers.

    Hope all have a wonderful Christmas and healthy New Year.

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Dec 2018 6:46pm EST) : Elgin, I hope they have a post office. I am sending covers just in case they do. If they don’t, I hope they return them like Zumwalt did. Ships aren’t all having, post offices. I never did get ship post office cancels from USS Portland LPD 27 or USS Ralph Johnson DDG 114 even after multiple tries.
  • Elgin Sink (14 Dec 2018 2:55pm EST) : Does anybody know if the PCU MONSOOR will have a functioning post office when commissioned? This was not the case with the sister ship USS ZUMWALT when she was brought to life.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Dec 2018 6:54pm EST) : Covers arrived today for the commissioning of the USS THOMAS HUDNER DDG 116, December 1, 2018. Nice ship cancels. Also, covers from the USS GERALD R. FORD CVN 78 posted on November 22, 2018, Thanksgiving Day.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Dec 2018 9:43pm EST) : For the benefit of the USCS there are over 100 covers and programs on eBay, seller is patchesnaval

    Additionally for the benefit of Decatur Chapter more then 140 items are on eBay with seller is cgcoverguy

  • Rich Hoffner (10 Dec 2018 9:41pm EST) : With assistance from Wolfgang Hechler a pictorial is in place in Boston for the THOMAS HUDNER commissioning.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Dec 2018 9:35pm EST) : The USCS has provided the Honolulu HI post office a pictorial for the KIMBALL commissioning. The postmark will not be at the Sand Island address (that is the USCG base address).
  • Elgin Sink (03 Dec 2018 3:06pm EST) : Hard copy periodical rate DEC LOG received in central PA today…super issue!
  • John Young (30 Nov 2018 4:47pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    USCGC KIMBALL (WMSL 757) will be
    formerly commissioned in January at ISC Honolulu.

    Its mailing address: 400 Sand Island Pkwy., Honolulu HI 96819-4398

  • Elgin Sink (29 Nov 2018 8:07pm EST) : Here is interesting info and background about USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) commissioning this Saturday, 1 DEC:
  • lbbrennan (29 Nov 2018 5:30pm EST) : Checking in. Don’t know if this has been working lately.


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