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  • Mike Meister (07 Aug 2020 4:07pm EDT) : Thanks for the info Rich, Thad and Elgin. The covers going in boxes are all in sleeves. I will be giving Pittsburgh File & Box a call.
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Aug 2020 3:29pm EDT) : Computer is back but I am swamped trying to "catch up"
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Aug 2020 3:27pm EDT) : Mike M. Ditto on the info Thad K shared. I, having had covers in corrugated boxes manufactured specifically for covers, knew nothing about the browning or acid toning that could occur. I did have covers in such storage boxes for decades (purchased from Blackstamps in New Jersey). Later years had me switch to vinyl six quart size containers made by Iris "Modular Box". The way the lids go on leaves a little space for "breathing". As the years move on I am sleeving more and more covers, already in these containers and covers I am adding day by day.
  • Elgin Sink (07 Aug 2020 2:26pm EDT) : Mike, I use quality plastic shoe box size (or bigger) storage containers for excess dupe covers and my best covers are stored in G-K acid-free archival cover albums available by Subway Stamps in Altoona PA (800.221.9960) and also similar Scott Albums are sold via Linn's.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (07 Aug 2020 11:15am EDT) : Mike M. - I just spoke to the owner of Pittsburgh File and Box (412413-5465). They aren't too far from me here in Pittsburgh, He said they are not archiival quality but he uses only top quality material in there making. He said the cost would be extreme and getting the material to make archival isn't easy. He said by putting the covers in the sleeves protects the covers and there is very, very low acid in the product he uses. He said it would take decades to have covers turn yellow in the boxes themselves and the sleeves would stop it altogether. They are a mom and pop operation... not many left. They will only continue to make cover size boxes as long as there continues to be a market. Thought I would pass it along... give them a call. Nice people.
  • Mike Meister (05 Aug 2020 5:19pm EDT) : Rich. I'm not sure if the ones for FDC storage offered by Pittsburgh Fil & Box are archival quality or not.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:19pm EDT) : John Macco. My PC is down or I would send the PDF file to you. As far as I can remember nothing has returned since last June. For the rest of 2020 I will do NPNSB&DDCo anniversaries at Newport News P.O.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:16pm EDT) : JY, any city announced for MELLON? Bremerton? Seattle?
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:11pm EDT) : Mike, don't uses corrugated unless they are archival quality.
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Aug 2020 8:09pm EDT) : I just posted the latest Decatur Chapter "Newseyletter" on our Facebook page. It announces I will l not be working on requesting pictorials in 2021. Any takers? I will offer hands on training and guidance if someone wants to take this on.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Aug 2020 12:04am EDT) : 300+ eLOGs for August have been mailed along with the USCS Cancellation Catalog updates for 2019-2020.


    Richard Jones
    Log editor
  • BMCMJONES (30 Jul 2020 10:18am EDT) : ST LOUIS pictorial info is in today's Postal Bulletin.

    Commissioning is 8 August at Mayport.

    Video live of ceremony will be shown--Limited attendance on base.
  • Mike Meister (29 Jul 2020 11:37pm EDT) : What size boxes does anyone use for storing covers? I'm thinking of ordering some from Pittsburgh file & box.
  • john young (29 Jul 2020 10:44am EDT) : Ahoy Mates, Looks like USCGC MELLON will be decommissioned 20 AUG 2020 after 52 years of service. Guess she will join sister-ship in VietNam Navy?? She completed last ALPAT on July 7 and is in homeport: Seattle
  • john Macco (27 Jul 2020 2:11pm EDT) : Thad- I would be interested in a list of missing covers.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Jul 2020 8:59am EDT) : John Macco... that's how I felt with all the covers and money I lost at Honolulu post office. Never anything back from them either. Norfolk has gotten pretty bad.
  • john Macco (23 Jul 2020 7:09pm EDT) : My last post should have been directed to Rich Hoffner who sent the 17 page letter to the caves. I can see how one can frustrated when you do not get even a simple reply to an inquiry
  • john Macco (23 Jul 2020 9:15am EDT) : Kevin Colton is who i am directing this email.
  • john Macco (23 Jul 2020 9:14am EDT) : Kevin- Can you send me a copy of the 17 page letter you sent to the Caves? t would tell me what covers are missing. I saw facebook post. My email address is spacecovers2003(at) Thanks.
  • Neal Mills (22 Jul 2020 9:43am EDT) : Stewart - I sent an email to Greg Finnegan asking him to contact you.
  • Stewart Milstein (21 Jul 2020 5:49pm EDT) : My computer is in the shop and I am working from memory. Can some one please let Greg Finnegan know that I am trying to get in Touch with him. Thanks
  • Neal Mills (18 Jul 2020 9:37am EDT) : Susie R. - Hi
  • john Macco (17 Jul 2020 4:14pm EDT) : I just received the Nimitz 45th anniversary cancels from Newport News. great cancels. I second the opinion on the Fleet week NY cancels. superb job
  • Susie R. (17 Jul 2020 2:52pm EDT) : Hey everyone
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:34pm EDT) : I have an email out to Becky Kaiwi, Consumer Affairs for JAX FL post office (She was in Honolulu HI many year in the same position and did terrific work for us). The LCS-19 FDC pictorial is approved. She is not at the usual address we use when sending to Jacksonville, so I have asked what address should we use.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:29pm EDT) : Naval Surface Forces (Twitter Post of 7-16-200
    Out of an abundance of caution the pier and ship were cleared of personnel due to an initial shift in the ship’s list. Personnel are now pier side. We will continue to monitor as the ship settles.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:23pm EDT) : The Acting Supervisor of Honolulu Consumer Affairs has not answered my email as to where to send for the USS MISSOURI anniversary pictorial.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 1:20pm EDT) : Thank John Young for the perfect strikes of the NY FW pictorials. John mentioned hundreds of requests going to China and Hong Kong.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jul 2020 11:45am EDT) : I doubt that the pictorial requested at Pascagoula MS for TRIPOLI LHA 7 was issued. I tried three times this week to try to confirm by phone if it was issued. Personnel there did not have a clue, which to me indicates that the request for the pictorial was not processed. One said he was sort of new and had no information on it. Another call indicated I should call back Wednesday when she would be in. I called Wednesday and was told the Postmaster was out sick to call Thursday when the supervisor would be in, and another call went unanswered. It was a great design by Wolfgang. If anyone else has any information let us know. It was not in the Postal Bulletin. A very well done pictorial provided by Wolfgang Hechler.
  • Elgin Sink (16 Jul 2020 9:02pm EDT) : John, Try 64144-9998
  • john Macco (16 Jul 2020 5:54pm EDT) : What is the zip code for the Caves in Kansas City?
  • john Macco (16 Jul 2020 5:24pm EDT) : Today I received back the Fleet Week New York cancels superbly serviced.
  • Elgin Sink (15 Jul 2020 1:11pm EDT) : Here is interesting info about today's commissioning of USS TRIPOLI LHA 7...
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Jul 2020 11:34am EDT) : Per member David Durbin, a mailing address for Honolulu pictorial for 10th Anniversary of USS Missouri.

    Horace K. Dudoit, III, Acting Supervisor
    USPS, Accountable Papers Depository
    Honolulu District Consumer Affairs Office
    USS Missouri 10th Anniv. postmark
    3600 Aolele Street, Room 333
    Honolulu, HI 96820

    I have an email out to Mr. Dudoit be sure this is the correct person but I don't expect an answer until Monday.
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 7:37pm EDT) : Interesting SASE came in yesterday. Cancelled by USS Laboon dated July 8. But inside were two covers from USS Ramage DDG 61, OSC on the two covers, no cancel on the stamps, but the reverse both had a strike of the ships AP chop of Ramage dated May 27. Strange!
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 4:26pm EDT) : A note from member David S Durbin indicates that there will be a pictorial cancel at Honolulu HI on July 31 for the 10th Anniversary of the USS MISSOURI SSN 780. Since I have lost use of all access to my Microsoft word files I can't show the mailing address for the cancel. It is the Aoele St address (not sure on spelling) but if you have files you can find the proper address. I don't know who is currently servicing covers there, so do not use the name of the person who used to to the covers, She has moved on to another post in the Honolulu post office and no longer has anything to do with cancelling covers for collectors.

    There is also a design available at the Groton CT post office for this event.
  • Rich Hoffner aka guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 4:16pm EDT) : A Zoom meeting of the Website Committee was held on the 8th. All went well. We have embraced a "forum" over a chat. I have been convinced that a forum will enable uploading graphics, which can not be done with a chat page. Hopefully we will keep it simple, following the KISS principle.

    We also discussed transferring date from the old site to the new site. It was mentioned that we could have the new website up and running in three months or less. Depending on how long it will take to do the work of transferring data. Brain Kreck, our contractor, has promised to create YouTube tutorials to train any of us who might want to volunteer to help with this project. The quicker we can get it done, the quicker the new site will be ready. Additionally it could save thousands of dollars vs paying someone to do it for us.
  • Elgin Sink (10 Jul 2020 4:14pm EDT) : I like the USCS CHAT room, but there is no option to view graphics...Perhaps it is time to move on to the digital age and opt for a better mode possibly on the new forthcoming website, or to continue posting on Facebook. For those not comfortable using Facebook, email could still be used among members with the option of attaching and viewing cover scans when applicable.
  • guest_670 (10 Jul 2020 4:09pm EDT) : Elgin Sink. The date of July 15 is official for TRIPOLI. A pictorial was requested at Pascagoula MS and a pictorial was prepared for the ship. Our initial design incorporated the state of Missouri in the ships T-F pictorial (Fancy postmark). It was submitted. At the last minute, teh SUPPO has asked us to prepare a similar cancel but use the state of Florida in the pictorial, since the Commissioning Committee in FL did so much work he wanted to honor teem. A new device has been ordered and hopefully I'll get it to them before their commissioning using Overnight Express Mail service to them.
  • John Young (09 Jul 2020 7:05pm EDT) : Just a short visit and hard copy of July USCS Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley

    Received word that CHICAGOPEX 2020 was cancelled in November- no ASPP & MPHS convention this year.

    Its been months (NOJEX 2019) since I looked at boxes of naval covers, and last
    USS New Jersey Chapter meeting was in
    March. Miss Milstein's cover circuits!

    Found some items on bidstart today
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2020 1:30pm EDT) : John M. My second fight to keep the current chat was a major overhaul and crashed affecting the chat. Many cited the lack of use as a reason not to continue the "chat". The chat remained with my persistence but is now heading for what RDR once quoted about a change and said it was going into "the dust bin of history". If any of you feel that the "chat" as we know it should be retained, contact the chair of the committee and let him know your views. My self I do not know why we can't have both. Cost should not be a consideration.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2020 1:22pm EDT) : John Macco. The website committee has a virtual meeting scheduled for July 8 with the company hired to create the site for the USCS. Unfortunately, against my protests, the "chat" as we now know it will not be in the new site. They have chosen a "forum" style instead. In our last re-build, we had a forum style page on the Beta test site, and it was not easy to use. I and others assisting with that new site, left information and messages and they were not easy to follow or find. I'm told that the forum is better then a chat page. I have my donuts. But as they say "the proof is in the pudding".
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Jul 2020 1:15pm EDT) : Leonhard Venne is calling Newport News post office to see if they still have any covers not processed for NIMITZ anniversary. Also, some collectors sent to Norfolk VA post office because although they went AWOL in June last year, the NIMITZ pictorial showed up in the PB (6-18-20) with an extension. Showed up "out of the blue" as they say. If anyone got covers back from Norfolk VA post office, please let us know.
  • guest_873 (02 Jul 2020 8:18pm EDT) : hard copy received today in New Jersey
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Jun 2020 10:04pm EDT) : 300+ USCS eLOGS for July issue have been sent.

  • john Macco (29 Jun 2020 7:09pm EDT) : What is the latest on the website overhaul? I can imagine it was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • john Macco (27 Jun 2020 4:34pm EDT) : I just received back 2 separate requests I sent in 2019 to the USS Wayne E. Meyer DDG-108 returned with only ships crest applied to the covers. I plan to send them back to the ship to get the 4 bar cancel on them.
  • Elgin Sink (21 Jun 2020 8:46pm EDT) : Thanks Rich...I won't send covers to TRIPOLI until I hear something definite. A T-F pictorial commissioning day cancel directly from the ship would be great!
  • john Macco (21 Jun 2020 7:46am EDT) : I had my first return from my 19 mailings on 5-1-20 from the USS Vicksburg. I posted scan of cover on Facebook page. What I also did was send a thank you note to the COPE for their excellent servicing of my request. Maybe if every collector did this, the quality of cancels could improve. Personal choice.
  • Rich Hoffner (20 Jun 2020 11:34pm EDT) : Elgin Sink. I sent a note to the SUPPO LHA 7 and he was unsure that the date is right. He said he would get back to me. A pictorial was submitted to Pascagoula MS. Hope the date is correct. The ship had sent an OK for a T-F pictorial cancel, a year ago, but no sense getting it in place until they can verify the date.
  • Elgin Sink (17 Jun 2020 12:32pm EDT) : "Administrative" commissioning date 15 JULY 2020 for USS TRIPOLI LHA-7
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Jun 2020 7:51pm EDT) : Rich - I sent a message to both DDG 117 and DDG 121 asking for dates and locations for commission. See what I get.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Jun 2020 11:24am EDT) : On an Arizona 12-7-41 cancel, has not all covers that have surfaced been debunked? One would have to have salvaged the ships machine cancel to create them. I also have doubts that anyone collected mail on Saturday or Sunday to cancel the mail, particularly Sunday. Impossible in my mind.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Jun 2020 11:19am EDT) : Sad to hear of the MILCOPEX show being canceled. Hopefully the racial strife sweeping the country and COVID-19 situation will be history by then. I will miss all my USCS friends and dealers. Next year is BALPEX. Lets all turn out and make it one of the best USCS conventions ever. Will you be there?
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Jun 2020 11:08am EDT) : Anyone have any news of delays of dates of the following Commissionings:

    USS DELBERT D. BLACK DDG 117 Commissioning Port Canaveral FL 2020

  • Rich Hoffner (14 Jun 2020 11:43pm EDT) : I know several collectors have threatened to give up sending to ships due to covers that do not come back. Those that do come back are welcome. Those that don't, so be it.

    It is our hobby, but not their obligation to cooperate. Most do.

    I predict that the day will come when ships will no longer process mail. That would mean no cancels. Bad? Not so.

    There are hundreds of thousands of covers out there to collect. I collect ships postmarks from 1908 to present. I try to find one of each type from every ship that had a post office. Do I have them all. NOT. But even if ships don't have a postmark in the future, my hobby will continue as I try to fill holes in my naval postmark collection.
  • Rich Hoffner (14 Jun 2020 11:36pm EDT) : My return rates have been great sending to ships. BUT, I only send if I know it is a new cancel that I need AND saw that the ship is servicing covers from posts on the USCS Facebook page. Think about the investment to get two covers processed. At least 2.20 plus cost of the envelopes.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (12 Jun 2020 8:51pm EDT) : MILCOPEX website indicates that the 2020 show has been cancelled.

    Therefore, the USCS Annual Convention that was to take place in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 25-27 2020 has been cancelled.

    Plans will be developed over the next month to have the annual board meeting via some form of internet connection to take care of the USCS business.

    Several of the Awards that normally are presented at the convention have been forwarded to the awardees earlier.

    If you had booked hotel reservations, don't forget to cancel them so you don't get charged as a no-show.
    Stay tuned for updates.
    Richard Jones
    USCS President
  • Elgin Sink (04 Jun 2020 2:32pm EDT) : Hard copy periodical rate June LOG just received today in central PA...Great issue!
  • john Macco (01 Jun 2020 3:20pm EDT) : I just mailed 19 cancel requests to Navy ships. Depending on the return rate, this may be the last time I send for cancels. I do plan to send to ships upon hearing about successes from collectors.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 May 2020 1:03pm EDT) : June 2020 eLOG file has been sent to 300+ members.


    Richard Jones
    USCS Log editor
  • guest_6385 (28 May 2020 10:54am EDT) : I have a cover dated 12/7/1941 with a ship cancellation Uss Arizona.
    I have asked a few people and they think it is a fake or a reproduction. Is it possible that it could be real?

    Andrew Garofalo
  • cassie (20 May 2020 3:16am EDT) : i have tons and tons of pictures ships daily routines of the s constellation all offical original photos the s independence and jfk and alot more id like to see some information on it all from an expert my email is my cell is 7198969439 texting id perer day or night doesnt matter the sooner the better i can send all pics of everything pon reqest. thank
  • Rich Hoffner (18 May 2020 6:37pm EDT) : My outer wrapper was also May 21. I'll bet it should have been Apr 21.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 May 2020 6:35pm EDT) : Clarify typos, it NJ chapter not NH chapter.

    moderate delay and she, should be as she...
  • Rich Hoffner (18 May 2020 6:33pm EDT) : We just proposed a pictorial for the cancelled Fleet Week NYC 2020 for the post office at Staten Is. NY. Cancel was designed by Phil Schreiber, graphics work by Wolfgang Hechler, paperwork by yours truly. You can expect a moderate delay and she forwards the covers to be cancelled to a member of the NH Chapter for processing. They are then returned to the S.I. NY post office for forwarding to collectors. I suggest you include a SASE for the return of your covers or over-cancelling is almost guaranteed.

    Customer Services, USPS
    Attn: Hold for: Joan Velasquez
    Fleet Week NYC 2020 pictorial
    45 Bay St.
    Staten Island NY 10301-9998
  • Elgin Sink (16 May 2020 2:20pm EDT) : Covers received under carrier-provided separate cover today from the USS NIMITZ cancelled MAY 3, 2020 on 45th Commissioning Anniversary. Note included: The only cachet currently is from the 40th Anniversary so used our ADPS as it comes out clearer than our killer bar. (LS1 Mark Prewitt, S-1 Postal
    LPO/COPE)...scanning to Greg for possible use in the Museum.
  • Elgin Sink (16 May 2020 2:01pm EDT) : My covers received today from USNS COMFORT postmarked MAY 21, 2020...Back to the future?
  • Elgin Sink (07 May 2020 1:30pm EDT) : Hardcopy Periodical Rate May Log was just received and is equally as great as the eLog ((-:
  • guest_6875 (07 May 2020 12:20am EDT) : Hi
    My mom was a cover collector and I uncovered some Crosby Neptune Sheets copyright 1944... haven't found a lick of info anywhere on them. I thought someone here might know of them..they are full page color..very beautiful.
    Ken Sutherland
  • Rich H (06 May 2020 9:38pm EDT) : Yes, every morning I get up and it's still groundhog day. Thank God the mail is getting through although a bit delayed.
  • Rich H (06 May 2020 9:36pm EDT) : I scanned a pictorial from Montpelier VT on our Facebook page today. It was for the Commissioning of the USS VERMONT. It is not in the PB and the postmaster said he had not used it because he was told the event was cancelled. So, I tried to explain that the event did indeed happen at the Submarine Base although the public due to the COVID-19 virus and that I saw no reason he should not use the cancel. He said he will make a few calls to find out what to do. He can be contacted at:

    Postmaster, USPS
    Post Office
    USS Vermont Commissioning Sta.
    Attn: Shawn A. Blaine
    87 State St,
    Montpelier VT 05602-9998
  • john Macco (06 May 2020 2:15pm EDT) : I have been watching with interest the covers collectors have been getting back from the ships and how the results can be so different from one return to the next. When I started to send again to the ships back in 2018, there were some that just not return. Now some of those same ships are returning great cancels. I think it could be due to turnover of personnel. Hope everybody is staying safe.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 May 2020 12:33am EDT) : 300+ eLOGs for May have been sent out Thursday night.

    Columns for June issue are due from writers now.

    Richard Jones
    LOG Editor
  • Rich H (29 Apr 2020 9:20pm EDT) : Paperwork has been submitted for a pictorial cancel for Commissioning USS KANSAS CITY LCS 22 to San Diego CA. Date of the event is June 20, 2020.
  • Rich H (29 Apr 2020 9:19pm EDT) : Standing by my mailbox, waiting for the May USCS Log. Can you tell I have a lot of spare time on my hands?
  • Rich H (29 Apr 2020 9:17pm EDT) : The url for DELAWARE commissioning mentions congratulations from Dr. Jill Biden. BUT it does not say if she was there. I suspect she was there virtually...
  • Rich H (29 Apr 2020 9:14pm EDT) : Ground Hog Day. So, I keep track of the days be knowing when Sunday comes, no mail and no Mass.
  • John Young (29 Apr 2020 2:54am EDT) : Neat Cover of the Month
    USS HORNE (CG 30) made port call in
    Pago Pago, A.S. on St. Patrick's Day, as she was part of Battle Group Alfa and on its way home to San Diego
  • guest_8102 (28 Apr 2020 8:58pm EDT) : yes. what do you have?
  • guest_1551 (28 Apr 2020 12:25pm EDT) : Just looking through a family collection and I have a couple dozen U.S.S Cancels from the forties. Do they have any value?
  • Elgin Sink (20 Apr 2020 1:09pm EDT) : Here is interesting info on Bahrain Fleet Mail Center support to Sixth Fleet...
  • John Young (13 Apr 2020 11:26am EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    Hope everyone is staying safe, as we continue to hibernate with our love ones
    & our collections. Time to trim out the excess or mount them into an exhibit for
    some future show.

    Time to sent out requests for covers from USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20), as she should be going north next month. Her mailing address:
    1519 Alaskan Way South
    Seattle WA 98134

    Stay safe
  • Elgin Sink (04 Apr 2020 6:03pm EDT) : Interesting info and background about today's USS DELAWARE SSN 791 Commissioning:
  • John Young (03 Apr 2020 4:09pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    Attention of all ships to ERROR CORRECTION made in previous message of March 24th. CGC WALNUT was placed in a deactivation status on March 4th- not March 20th
  • Rich H (02 Apr 2020 12:04pm EDT) : While the Administrative Commissioning of he USS DELAWARE SSN 791 will be Apr 4 it Norfolk Naval Base, the pictorial is in place at Wilmington DE. The public celebration in Wilmington was postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. But, the pictorial for the event is in place: Send covers to:

    Postmaster, USPS
    Attn: Sara Irons
    USS Delaware Commissioning Sta
    Talleyville Post Office
    3911 Concord Pike
    Wilmington, Delaware, 19803
  • guest_392 (01 Apr 2020 8:42pm EDT) : print and e mail USCS LOG received in New Jersey on Tuesday March 31
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Mar 2020 3:17pm EDT) : April eLOG and update pdf have been sent.
  • Rich H (26 Mar 2020 3:52pm EDT) : A message came to me about a collector that got our long time contact at Newport News post office upset. The caller was not nice. I can not recall ever having any negative problems with the Newport News post office. They have been giving us great service for over ten years, so let's not have one disgruntled collector spoil it for all of us.

    Now Norfolk is another story. We we have been encountering problems for nearly a year there. Could it be that the same collector was less then nice with a call to the Norfolk post office. Makes me wonder.
  • Rich H (24 Mar 2020 11:08pm EDT) : JY, where did you get date of 20 MAR 2020 for WLB 205? LCDR Chris J gave me 04 MAR 2020.
  • Rich H (24 Mar 2020 11:06pm EDT) : USCGC HAROLD MILLER WPC-1139 Commissioning 05-08-20 New Orleans LA, but can anyone confirm this? I can't find anything on the 'net about it.
  • Rich H (24 Mar 2020 4:10pm EDT) : John Young, JUNIPER is still at the CG Yard, LCDR Jasnoch will get her in the fall and bring her to Honolulu.
  • John Young (24 Mar 2020 1:36pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates,
    Received from LCDR Chris Jasnoch 3 covers documenting Cutter WALNUT's voyage from Honolulu to CG Yard . Great
    job, Skipper!

    Thank God, I enclosed an SASE to prevent over-cancellation by USPO.

    Cutter was deactivated 20 MAR 2020 to complete its MMA (Midlife Maintenance) &
    I believe he brought JUPITER back to the islands.
  • Elgin Sink (23 Mar 2020 10:52pm EDT) : Here is interesting info and background about hospital ship USNS MERCY T-AH 19 departure from NS SAN DIEGO today for Los Angeles to assist with COVID-19 treatment:
  • Rich H (23 Mar 2020 4:57pm EDT) : Months ago I submitted a request for a commissioning day pictorial for the USS DELAWARE. It was just approved. I KNOW! The event has been postponed, but it gives us an opportunity to indicate in our cachets, information that the event was postponed due to "on going health concerns".

    Covers should go to:

    Postmaster, USPS
    Attn: Sara J Irons
    USS Delaware Commissioning Sta.
    Talleyville Postal Store
    3911 Concord Pike
    Wilmington DE 19803
  • guest_4878 Bonnie Brown (22 Mar 2020 1:01pm EDT) : Thank you Mr. Jones and USCS. We will definitely give you credit!
    Bonnie Brown
  • Elgin Sink (22 Mar 2020 11:55am EDT) : Navy info about quick action against Coronavirus:
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (20 Mar 2020 2:38pm EDT) : Guest 4878 Bonnie Brown

    Permission Granted to add Data Sheet #29 to Midway Museum Library. Credit Universal Ship Cancellation Society at

    Richard D. Jones
    USCS President
  • guest_4878 Bonnie Brown (19 Mar 2020 3:25pm EDT) : Hi - The USS Midway Museum Library in San Diego would like permission to add your Data Sheet #29 .pdf to our library network.

    Bonnie Brown
    USS Midway Museum
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (19 Mar 2020 11:49am EDT) : Now is a good time for members who are staying home to take time to write some articles for future LOGS.

    Regular columnists can send their columns early as I am almost finished with May issue.

    We are lucky to have our hobbies to keep us busy during these times.

    Stay well and stay safe!

    Richard Jones
  • Elgin Sink (07 Mar 2020 11:35pm EST) : Has anybody ever seen this web site?...first time seen by me … has USS, USNS, and shore station addresses plus a label process:$mailer.postal_display
  • Elgin Sink (06 Mar 2020 2:21pm EST) : Interesting history behind New ESB to be commissioned tomorrow in Norfolk:
  • Elgin Sink (05 Mar 2020 9:38pm EST) : Here are ICEX 2020 cover opportunities...
  • guest_4301 (05 Mar 2020 5:32am EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    Returned home from FLA spring break, picked up the mail and found no POLAR STAR covers. Guess, my requests are
    sitting in Seattle. Oh, well!

    Found rare Stamp Shop on Dixie Hwy with boxes of naval covers- spent three hours and came up with some treasures
    that will appear in future columns
  • Neal Mills (04 Mar 2020 11:59am EST) : The 757 phone numbers for Lincoln are dead but I was able to get a San Diego phone number for the quarterdeck. The mailing address for CVN 72 hasn't changed yet. Its still FPO AE 09520.
  • guest_4914 (03 Mar 2020 3:33pm EST) : NEAL MILLS: TRY A PHONE CALL TO THE SHIP'S QUARTERDECK: 757 400 4957 AND SEE IF THEY CAN HELP
  • Neal Mills (02 Mar 2020 2:26pm EST) : Does anyone have a new FPO AP mailing address for USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)? She arrived in San Diego on January 20th but the Navy SNDL and NAVSUP Postal site still show a FPO AE address for Lincoln. Would have expected an address change after 6 weeks.
  • Elgin Sink (29 Feb 2020 3:53pm EST) : eLOG received yesterday and hard copy today in central PA...great issue!
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (28 Feb 2020 9:35pm EST) : 350+ USCS eLOGs for March 2020 have been sent to those requesting the eLOG format.
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