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  • 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.http://www.navalcovermuseum.org/wiki/index.php?title=United_States_Marine_Corps_Category_Ship_Detachments
  • John Young (30 Aug 2016 4:32pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    September hard copy of USCS Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley with the
    afternoon mailAnother great issue with excellent article concerning USCS website- and wish to thank Lloyd Ferrell for taking on the job of USCS TreasurerLooking 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.Enjoy.
  • 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) : Auction7-16SCANS OF THESE LOTS CAN FOUND AT:
  • 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 vesselsDepartment 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:COPE – MAIL CLERK
    UNIT 100440 Box 1
    FPO AP 96694We (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 1990Hope 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. http://digitalarchive.pacificwarmuseum.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16769coll4/id/131this 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.HAPPY 226TH BIRTHDAY US COAST GUARD.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 name…it 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.Enjoy
  • 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.


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