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  • bmcmjones_3933 (20 Feb 2021 5:19pm EST) : Guest 2299



    U.S.S. MAYRANT (DD-402) Association Reunion Information
    No Information Available

    Multiple Command Reunion Information
    No Information Available

    National Convention Information
    No Information Available

    See Naval Cover Museum for MYRANT info and naval covers
  • guest_2299 (20 Feb 2021 2:19am EST) : Are any crew reunions for USS MAYRANT DD 402? My uncle Roy W. Peterson was on board her when she was bombed in Polaremo Italy.
  • guest_2162 (16 Feb 2021 7:29pm EST) : Hard copy of FEB USCS Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley today.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Feb 2021 5:02pm EST) : Your GREENEVILLE and SCRANTON event covers (anniversaries) will be a tad moor delayed as our member who will do the cancels at Newport News is going on a cruise. Wonder if he will do covers from the cruise ship while aboard?
    Several have sent me covers for the BREMERTON anniversary. I only have the device with the wrong date. The corrected version (March 14, 2021) will be done by the Groton post office. If you want the "bad date" feel free to send to me.
    There is also planned a decommissioning postmark for BREMERTON dated Apr 16, 2021 in Bremerton. Foster Miller is working on both for approval.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Feb 2021 4:55pm EST) : For those who send for their own event covers:
    Here are several dates.

    Shamal PC 13 2-16-21
    Tornado PC 14 2-17-21
    Zephyr 9 2-18-21

    All events at Mayport Naval Station
  • Wm Lykes (14 Feb 2021 7:26pm EST) : Congrats to all the officer and directors!!
  • Elgin Sink (10 Feb 2021 9:41am EST) : Congrats from me too, election winners!
  • Mike Meister (09 Feb 2021 6:01pm EST) : Congratulations to the winners of the election.
  • Tjossem (06 Feb 2021 4:14pm EST) : Here are the results of the USCS elections:
    • Laurie Bernstein: 238
    • John Young: 193
    Vice President
    • Nancy Clark: 220
    • Larry Brennan: 208
    • Steve Shay: 405
    • Lloyd Ferrell: 413

    • Gregory Finnegan: 314
    • David Bernstein: 314
    • Dennis Gill: 308
    • Richard Hoffner: 292
    • Tom Kern: 279
    • Bill Nix: 277
    • Stewart Milstein: 274
    • Randy Pence: 267
    • Richard Keiser Jr.: 266
    • Charles Hamilton: 213
    • Bruno de Vinck: 183
    • Gregory Ciesielski: 155
    • George Marcincin: 151
  • Rich Hoffner (04 Feb 2021 12:16am EST) : Due to the mail delays, we are going the same route for USS GREENEVILLE anniversary as we did for USS SCRANTON pictorial at Newport News po.
  • Steve Shay (02 Feb 2021 8:37pm EST) : Jay is a USCS member and he does mail auctions. No password needed on the
    Search function.
  • Wm (02 Feb 2021 12:26pm EST) : so when i try to do a search, i get this error message? Why? is there a log in and pw im suppose to have?
    " DB Error: Access denied for user "@'localhost' (using password: NO)
  • Wm (02 Feb 2021 12:16pm EST) : after recently joining USCS i started getting mail from J Milewski. I dont see him under the dealers tab. Does he have a website? Does he list here??
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Feb 2021 2:29pm EST) : The problems with pictorials that ended last year with me having the 2020 pictorials for Groton extended into January. I asked what we were doing with ALASKA in January and was told to get it done. I have the cancel. No further word from Groton since. Total silence. No emails have been answered and one collector had a request to them refused. If you want the ALASKA pictorial send your covers to me.

    We are aware of delays on SCRANTON pictorial for Newport News. Seems delays in USPS delivery of mail has caused delays in the request. The cancel will be ordered by me and shipped to Leonhard to service the covers at Newport News po. Foster Miller will resubmit the paperwork.
  • bmcmjones_3933 (30 Jan 2021 10:16pm EST) : 300+ USCS eLOGs were sent out today to members wanting the pdf version.

    Stay safely indoors and enjoy the LOG.

    Richard Jones
    Log Editor
  • Elgin Sink (28 Jan 2021 2:44pm EST) : Rich, 'Better find a Naval Cover store, QUICK!
  • Mike Meister (27 Jan 2021 7:07pm EST) : After a long journey over mountains and across seas the JAN. LOG arrived here in Columbus.
  • Rich Hoffner (24 Jan 2021 9:44pm EST) : Home and catching up on my mail. Some will go out tomorrow and some in a day or so. Thanks for your patience. I had been suffering from CWS (Cover Withdrawal Syndrome). Dr. says there is no shot yet for it.
  • guest_1785 (23 Jan 2021 4:16pm EST) : Guest 1890: Multinational controls around Turkey after WW I - Lots to read here:
  • Mike Meister (20 Jan 2021 2:36pm EST) : Jan LOG is taking the slow route to Columbus this month.
  • guest_1890 (16 Jan 2021 6:50pm EST) : Might anyone be able to tell me about a 4-bar handstamp from 1919, reading US NAVAL FORCES / LONDON BRANCH ?
  • Elgin Sink (14 Jan 2021 8:15pm EST) : Here is interesting info on the USS WHITNEY (LCC-20) and the 50th Anniversary in Commission:
  • John Young (14 Jan 2021 7:19pm EST) : Hard copy JAN '21 Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley with today's mail.
  • Elgin Sink (14 Jan 2021 12:37pm EST) : Hardcopy periodical rate January LOG just received in central PA Harrisburg area.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Jan 2021 2:13pm EST) : USS Arizona 12-7-41 cancel. There is speculation that mail could have been processed the night before the attach with a Dec 7 pmk. Myself I might accept that opinion except why would a mail clerk do that for a day that the main post office at the base would be closed?
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Jan 2021 2:07pm EST) : I get USPS Informed Delivery every day via Email. I'm on vacation and noticed mail from collectors arriving in Pennsylvania. I will be back in PA for two days late this month and will answer all mail from members that will be sitting there for this "snow bird".
  • bmcmjones_3933 (11 Jan 2021 2:14pm EST) : Delivery of January LOGS in print format is slow this month. Just received my copy in today's mail in Florida.
  • John Young (06 Jan 2021 6:21pm EST) : guest-8483
    Don't think so, as the mail clerk may not have open the post office because of the Japanese attack. Have to look at the ship's layout to see where it was located.

    It might have been destroyed during the explosions or outgoing mail may have been damaged during the flooding.

    Hope this helps!
  • guest_8483 (06 Jan 2021 5:11pm EST) : Is it possible to have a cover postmarked 12/07/1941 from The USS Arizona ???
  • John Young (06 Jan 2021 9:24am EST) : Guest-8766

    The 3 USCS members that wrote about Coast Guard covers are:
    "Around the Coast Guard" by Richard Hoffner (Sept 1970/ Sept 1973)

    "Coast Guard Happenings" by George
    Benz (Sept 1973/ Sept 1993) and

    "Hooligan News, Holiday Routine & the Goat Locker by John Young (Nov '93.
    Jan 1994/ Jan 2021)

    Rich Hoffner:
    Have a safe trip to Florida & see you back at next Jersey Chapter meeting. I know a stamp shop on east coast that has two dealer boxes of naval covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jan 2021 11:57pm EST) : Trying to bulk up on my naval cover addiction. Will be off to a warmer climate in a few days with no naval covers to cuddle with.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jan 2021 11:54pm EST) : I have been in contact with the Waterford CT post office about the Thamespex pictorial postmark honoring the USS BARB SS 220. The head window clerk called me back and said he checked all the envelopes that came in for the cancel (the covers were in these) and found my envelope. This indicates that they did process my request and mailed all the covers out. My request letter is dated Oct 19 and they are still MIA. I am starting to believe in "snail mail".
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jan 2021 11:50pm EST) : Thad. Sometimes users leave a message and forget to notice their name is not automatically in the name box. If you come in often it is auto filled.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Jan 2021 7:43pm EST) : Why don't participants sign in under their name instead of "guest"?
  • guest_8766 (04 Jan 2021 7:31pm EST) : Who can remember all three members who wrote the U S Coast Guard column?
  • guest_275 (04 Jan 2021 7:30pm EST) : Seems to me there is a major difference in resigning vs retiring.
  • John Young (04 Jan 2021 5:08pm EST) : Hey Boats,
    You might call it resigning, but I call it
    making way for someone to volunteer to
    give a different slant on collecting.

    I volunteered in November 1993 to take over the late George Benz's Coast Guard column. Only missed two issues since then. One when I was hospitalized
    and the other late May, after the 2019 convention in San Francisco.

    Speaking of misleading, I asked that you not mention that you were looking for Coast Guard writer until February.

    Remember back in Wisconsin, you came running to me that certain board officers wanted you to resign as Log editor, if you were giving to run for USCS president. I think it was RDR &
    his scribe
  • bmcmjones_3933 (03 Jan 2021 3:50pm EST) : Guest 6348

    Speaking about misreading--

    Page 2 reads--

    After you read John Young’s Goat Locker column, you will see that he is resigning writing the column. Therefore, I am looking for a volunteer to pick up the column which focuses on aspects of collecting covers from U.S. Coast Guard ships. If your collection is mainly USCG and you have an interest in writing a monthly column, please e mail me at
  • guest_6348 (03 Jan 2021 3:03pm EST) : Ahoy John, It is a shame the editor misread your column and stated you resigned. You have donated a boatload of time and effort to your column and there is no problem with stepping down and doing something new. I wish you further success in your future endeavors.
  • John Young (01 Jan 2021 11:28pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    I see by the President's message that the USCS Broad of Directors & its officers voted on which candidates to support or is it the Nominating Committee & certain officers because of the Hoak-Kent affair at the 2019 convention.

    I didn't resign from writing, just stopped writing after 325 columns. Time to move on to bigger & better times. Talked to the ship's cook, Long John Silver and he asked me to take over his column.

    As to those 700+ postcards, asking for
    support in the upcoming election we paid or them & we used the Decatur Chapter corner card because we knew you would not print our advertisement.

    We also took an paid ad in ASPP' Ice Cap News. as there are 49 individuals hold dual membership

    Stay safe & Happy New Year
  • bmcmjones_3933 (01 Jan 2021 9:58pm EST) : January 2021 USCS eLOG was sent tonight.

    Great start for a better New Year.

    Richard D. Jones
    Log editor
  • John Young (01 Jan 2021 4:52pm EST) : Rich,
    Which weights more?
    Vintage wet Navy pea coat (1960) vs. NYPD winter overcoat (1965) nicknamed the horse blanket. It's the latter because it's twice the length of the pea coat.

    Used to hitch-hike from the Bronx to Group Short Beach units on Long Island
    in uniform (1960-64) wearing the Navy pea coat. Sometime it rained, but it kept me warm during the winter months.

    "Coastie" never carried umbellas
  • Elgin Sink (01 Jan 2021 2:33pm EST) : Happy New Year to you and your family, Rich, and also to all USCS members and theirs.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Jan 2021 1:07pm EST) : JY, what does a vintage wet pea coat weigh? I recall many a liberty that I was out in the rain in one.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Jan 2021 1:05pm EST) : Happy New year to ALL. May 2021 be a better year for all of us.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Jan 2021 1:04pm EST) : I once had a fund raiser recipe cook book from dependents of USS GATO SSN 615. Tried over and over to sell it on eBay. Guess no naval cover collectors were interested. Finally gave it away to a cook book collector. Perhaps the recipes should have been published in the Log as "Recipe of the Month"?
  • John Young (31 Dec 2020 4:32pm EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    No Times Square this year, in fact the only time I did New Year's Eve at 42nd St & B'way was 1 JAN 1966. All the rookies in the Bronx worked the New Year's Eve
    detail wearing the horse blanket overcoat
    that kept you warm.

    It weighted about 20 lbs & your shoulder
    ached after wearing it for 12 tours.

    Healthy & Happy 2021. Stay safe.
  • Lb brennan (31 Dec 2020 7:29am EST) : Happy New Years and a heathy and pleasant 2021. Larry
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Dec 2020 7:54pm EST) : guest 1104 - They are all listed there.
  • guest_1104 (30 Dec 2020 6:33pm EST) : Anyone know which nuclear subs are the "Forty-One for Freedom" as my wife got an submarine collection for Christmas.

    Someone told me to visit this chatpage on the thiS website.

    Looking to join & I'm sending the check I get my government check. Looks like an
    interesting group.
  • Elgin Sink (25 Dec 2020 11:26am EST) : Merry and Safe Christmas to all USCS friends and families!
  • Mike Meister (24 Dec 2020 11:34pm EST) : I hope everyone has a very Merry and SAFE Christmas.
  • guest_4801 Don DeWitt (23 Dec 2020 6:40pm EST) : I'm a collector of John Coulthard cachets and am looking for information about his cachet of a sailing ship with Christening Day at top and The Philatelist at bottom.

    Does any one know what this cachet referred to or for what reason it was done? I can't image a ship named Philatelist.

    My cover was posted at San Francisco Oct 7, 1935 apparently commemorating the sailing of the Dollar Line's SS President Hoover.


    Don DeWitt
  • guest_8693 (23 Dec 2020 8:11am EST) : Ahoy Member #12568
    Kaylan, just visited Chat page as I was confined to the basement by my kids because of possible contact with persons
    that had the "Chinese" flu.

    A copy of the original Constitution & By-laws that was approved 30 SEP 1933. I agree, we should be TRANSPARNET and I'm sending you a copy to compare.

    I would say happy holidays, but I'm a "Merry Christmas" guy. Stay safe
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Dec 2020 4:17pm EST) : Kay Ardora - Why don't you do something about it and run for office next time when they are asking or volunteer for one of the many positions available to help make this a better organization..... talk is cheap.
  • member# 12568 (16 Dec 2020 9:09pm EST) : Dear Mr. Jones,
    My name is Kaylan Ardora, and in short I read your Constitution and its By-laws which reads in my opinion, as something that Carl Marx would dream up. You and your top 4 echelon and your 8 board members has no intention of making your votes and other discussions "TRANSPARANT" to the Chapter Heads who would spread out your words, etc. It's my opinion that you and your gang doesn't want any real change in the way that you folks do your cloaked business.
    You are no longer aboard the deck of an Aircraft Carrier, or Destroyer, or even a Submarine that you and your group must believe that you are on in your dreams. You and all of us are in fact a CLUB-nothing more or less. We members need to be involved in any and all measures that you folks are voting on. You need to write up a new Constitution, and By Laws with members present in order to represent the "Whole Membership." And why don't you have a section called: The Ship's recipe of the day? Women DO read the Log, and are always looking for a fresh recipe that we can use, and know that it came from an actual Ships Head Chef. The current Constitution and By-Laws are by no means TRANAPARENT where the membership is concerned. You seriously need to shatter your wall of secrecy and involve the Whole Membership in the voting of any measure at all which may or may not affect the Membership. If you do not do this "First Step" towards total transparency, I promise you that more and more members are going to resign from your seemingly corrupt mob of secrecy. I that what you want? Is that the sad reality that you want? It's actually 2020-not 1932. And the board needs to be made up of 4 women and 4 men in order to have balanced points of view regarding any issue put on the table.
    Kay Ardora
  • Elgin Sink (14 Dec 2020 7:44pm EST) : Here is a new collecting category for our hobby..."navy ships renaming"
  • Clifton aka Pete Peters 11404 (12 Dec 2020 7:14pm EST) : My thanks to Rich Hoffner for info on existance of covers for USS Crane ship AB 1 (ex-Kearsarge battleship) your info was helpful. Again my thanks. Have a great holiday season.
  • John Young (12 Dec 2020 3:28pm EST) : Ahoy Mates.
    Big game today, the Black Knights of the Hudson vs. Annapolis' Midshipmen. Go Army!
  • john macco (12 Dec 2020 3:26pm EST) : I just received my Log and election ballot in the mail. How does the ballot committee verify the ballots when they are received. The reason I ask this is my membership number is not on the outer envelope anywhere. Most of the other memberships I have require membership number on outer envelope to verify.
  • Elgin Sink (11 Dec 2020 7:05pm EST) : Navy crew members prefer "real" holiday mail over digital modes as stated below:
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Dec 2020 12:26pm EST) : Looking for info on APO AE 09341. Does anyone have an APO list? Year is 2003. What little I could find mentions 115th Postal Co and another source mentions Entebbe Uganda. Also stumbled onto an Exercise Natural Fire 10 in Africa.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Dec 2020 2:37pm EST) : The latest message from eBay about major changes. How are you handling this if you sell on eBay? It seems to say that if you don't approve this you can't sell on eBay. The message is clipped and pasted below:

    Let’s put money directly in your pocket.*
    eBay now manages the end-to-end selling experience on our marketplace, including payments.

    This means:

    • No more PayPal payment processing fees
    • You get paid directly to your bank account, not your PayPal account
    • Most sellers will pay the same or less than before**

    Update your account details by December 31, 2020 to continue creating new listings. It’s that simple.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Dec 2020 2:18pm EST) : Sorry to see that there is a little dissension about this years ballot for USCS elections. I do understand members taking sides. But one dealer sent out a message asking for certain people to be voted for. My thought is that if I were a dealer I would remain neutral so as not too upset any of my customers.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Dec 2020 2:13pm EST) : I had to resend. They used a previous pictorial on my covers not the DDG 119 cancel. Arrrgggg...
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Dec 2020 2:12pm EST) : Clifton aka Pete. I believe that such a cover adorned a cover of the Log some years back. Perhaps owned by the late Jim Klinger? Doubt many exist.
  • Clifton aka Pete Peters 11404 (09 Dec 2020 7:58pm EST) : Has anybody ever seen a cover from USS KEARSARGE AB -1 as crane ship. She was crane ship from Aug. 8, 1920 to Aug. 9, 1955. I am looking for any cover coming from or going to ship at that time. #10 Official mail/Penalty mail, ships crew mail. or mail goin to ship. WANT TO BUY. Email me Not interested in covers when Kearsarge was BB-5.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Dec 2020 2:34pm EST) : Anyone get pictorials back from Jacksonville, Fl for the USS Delbert D. Black DDG 119 ??
  • Elgin Sink (08 Dec 2020 11:06am EST) : My ballot was sent today!
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Dec 2020 7:18pm EST) : Great to read all the bio's that arrived today in the Indian Valley of Southeast PA. It was disappointing to see Greg Ciesielski's biography listed as not submitted. I spoke with Greg and he knows he sent it. Hopefully he is considered with all those other qualified candidates as he has been a valuable asset of the USCS for a number of years. The missing bio:

    Gregory R. Ciesielski, Life Member #11879Since joining the USCS in 2006 I have taken an active interest in the Naval Cover Museum as a contributor and then in 2019 I was named the Curator of the USCS Naval Cover Museum. I have been a USCS Board of Directors member for the past 10 years and I look forward to adding my opinion, and voice, to issues that are brought forth to the Board. Two items that have to be dealt with now, in light of the world situation, is virtual meetings and membership. How do we maintain our presence in the philatelic community if we cannot attend conventions and meetings? How do we recruit new members to fill our dwindling membership if we cannot attend meetings? These are very real situations and ones that must be dealt with. I am a US Marine Corps veteran and a medically discharged civil servant so I have the time and knowledge to continue serving the USCS as a Board of Director, the Postmark Catalog editor, the Cachetmaker Catalog editor and the Naval Cover Museum curator. I look forward to serving the membership of the USCS for many years.
  • guest_6348 (07 Dec 2020 10:39am EST) : John Young, Thank you. I do not know what happened to my bio. It was sent but either it wasn't received, didn't go through or something else. Who knows? Either way, I do hope I can get enough votes to remain on the Board and continue to serve the USCS and its members. Greg Ciesielski
  • John Young (07 Dec 2020 10:25am EST) : Ahoy Mates,
    Interesting that Greg Ciesieski's bio is missing from the ballot but its the same photo that appeared in the 2019-21 term ballot. Gregg's a lifetime member, a USMC veteran, the editor of the USCS Naval Postmark Catalogue, the curator of the USCS Naval Cover Museum

    As one past president once wrote "a candidate must posses three outstanding qualifications: 1) proven ability,
    2) faithful service to the society in some worthwhile capacity,
    3) absolute loyalty to the society and its ideals" and Greg has all three.

    Hopefully this message is not delated & remember to fly the flag at half mast in honor of all those who died at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
  • Elgin Sink (06 Dec 2020 10:29pm EST) : I covered my new cats with catnip and expect it to work fine.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Dec 2020 4:48pm EST) : Thad K - check your email. Thanks.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Dec 2020 4:47pm EST) : Clifton / Pete Peters, I wrapped my Koi in seaweed. Not sure it works.
  • Rich Hoffner (06 Dec 2020 4:46pm EST) : John Young. It will not look or work like this format. Many clubs use it. I find them hard to follow thoughts and links. Too easy for me to get lost. We will just have to learn.
  • Clifton aka Pete Peters 11404 (05 Dec 2020 11:12am EST) : Rich Hoffner - If you think your black lab is grumbling about Covid 19 protocals and all the problems with protocals. You should hear my tropical fish complaining about not being able to find masks that are small enough and water proof. Have a safe and happy day.
  • John Young (04 Dec 2020 10:59am EST) : What's a blog style?
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Dec 2020 11:28pm EST) : Pete Peters. My black lab refuses to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Dec 2020 11:26pm EST) : I am going to miss this "chat" page when the new website is launched. The format will be a blog style.

    BUT, here is an update on two AWOL pictorials.

    USS Kansas City LCS 22 Commissioning in San Diego on 6-20-20. "The Caves" is looking into this one. A second one that is MIA, the Commissioning of the USS TRIPOLI at Pascagoula MS on 7-15-20 is also being undertaken or looked into by "The Caves".

    Good news I guess.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Dec 2020 5:48pm EST) : Part of an email from "The Cavers" today...

    ... also received the 4 pictorial postmark requests from the Newport News, VA Post Office and 1 pictorial postmark request from the Pascagoula, MS. Post Office. I will be publishing these pictorial postmark in the December 19, 2020 Postal Bulletin.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (03 Dec 2020 12:27am EST) : Rich Hoffner-

    I have received that message on several eLOG addresses this month. I resend when I comes back undelivered.

    Richard Jones
    Log editor
  • Elgin Sink (02 Dec 2020 5:19pm EST) : Rich, the addrssee's email inbox is full and needs to be emptied.
  • Stewart B. Milstein (02 Dec 2020 12:28am EST) : Hi Pete et al: Could not agree with you more. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Dec 2020 10:42pm EST) : My last 4 to 5 email messages I sent have given me a message as follows: The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that prevents additional messages from being delivered. Please resend your message at a later time. If the user is able to receive mail at that time, your message will be delivered.

    Has anyone else had a response like this?
  • Dan Goodwin (01 Dec 2020 8:33pm EST) : eLog was here 30 Nov. AM.
  • Clifton aka Pete Peters 11404 (01 Dec 2020 2:32pm EST) : It will soon be time for USCS membership to vote. As you get your ballots look them over carefully and decide what is important to you! Then express your opinions and vote. Let keep the process civil and orderly, accepting the results no matter how they turn out.
    P.S. A very Merry Christmas and/or Holiday Season to all.
    "Mask up, wash up and stay 6+ feet away"
    Thank You!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Dec 2020 12:27pm EST) : Never received eLog for December.
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Nov 2020 9:57pm EST) : Just found out it is with the hard copy. May arrive any day!
  • Rich Hoffner (30 Nov 2020 4:17pm EST) : USCS eLog arrived in the Indian Valley of PA today. I was surprised that the bios of USCS candidates for office were not published in this issue.
  • John Young (30 Nov 2020 10:57am EST) : Never Received eLOG for December
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Nov 2020 1:06am EST) : 300+ eLOGS for December 2020 have been sent to members
  • john macco (29 Nov 2020 9:51am EST) : disregard last post. I saw somebody already posted the info i was going to
  • john macco (29 Nov 2020 9:06am EST) : Will the member who was looking for storage boxes for covers please email me at I found the information I was trying to post.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Nov 2020 5:09pm EST) : Heard from some readers that COLUMBIA and WEST VIRGINIA have not returned yet. I checked with the Groton post office. Illness and shortages of personnel has caused a back log with our covers. We came up with a plan to get the October covers processed. I have ordered the two missing devices for October and also two for January (ALASKA and BREMERTON) to move the process along. Without our intervention the covers would languish perhaps into next spring.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Nov 2020 2:03am EST) : Has anyone received any pictorials for the October anniversaries in Groton PO? COLUMBIA on 19-09 and WEST VIRGINIA on 10-20? Need to check before I do a follow-up.
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Nov 2020 1:20am EST) : Can anyone shed any light on the below message? It is disturbing to say the least.
  • guest_9256 (27 Nov 2020 10:10pm EST) : hello. My name is Kaylan Ardora; a member. The reason why I am writing to whomever, is because I received a disturbing letter from Lloyd Ferrell about the turmoil in our membership while disagreeing, and holding personal grudges against one another which is totally disrespectful, childish and downright chaotic in nature. Haven't you folks ever heard of the word "COMPROMISE?" I guess not. Were I the President of your Society of Ship Cancellation folks, I would immediately put into law that in spite of any personal differences which anyone may have with another, the membership as a WHOLE must submit to careful research over any topic which can easily be resolved instead of acting like small children, and duking it out like a lot of drunken Sailors on a Man Of War vessel!
    Be glad that I have no tolerance for childish in-fighting. I am a part of an interesting diplomatic group who assists in many classified discussions and comes up with shall we say, creative solutions? You folks need to get off of your panties and start acting like the Board and the Membership who actively cooperates with one another, instead of acting individually just because some of you want to be
    the "KNOW IT ALL'S" of the membership. I say these words as a member. For this, you'll probably toss me out on my ear. If so, I shall be at peace with that decision as I have little tolerance with children who believe that they are really adults in disguise.
    Respectfully Submitted, Ms. Kay Ardora
  • John Young (26 Nov 2020 2:32pm EST) : Congrats to Alan Warren, as Ice Cap News won a small GOLD at CHICAGOPEX 2021
  • John Young (26 Nov 2020 2:30pm EST) : Ahoy Polar Philatelist,
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Nov 2020 2:47pm EST) : BMCM Thanks for the chapter changes. Rich
  • Steve Shay (21 Nov 2020 11:31am EST) : Navo-philatelist of Yesterday
    Myron Fisher McCamley USCS #179
    By John Young, L-8219
    More known as Oregon’s Cachetmaker of the 20 th Century, Myron was an early member (USCS #179) of the Universal Ship Cancellation Society and served at several positions in the days before World War II. Known as “Mac” to his many friends, Myron was born in Leavenworth, Washington on March 26, 1907. After his family had moved several times they settled down near Hood River OR in 1918.
    He began collecting stamps while in high school (1923) and after accumulating duplicates sold them through his mail order business with penny approvals (1924.) He called himself the Waucoma Stamp Company. After graduation from high school, Mac moved to Portland to attend the Behnke Walker Business College. His approval business moved with him and he changed the firm’s name to Multnomah Stamp Company. Mac married Mildred Case in October 1927 and they had two daughters and a son.
    He became interested in collecting First Flights and First Day covers (1928) and eventually began servicing un-cacheted covers for his customers, under the Multnomah Cover Service (1929.) That same year, he became office manager for radio stations KGW and KEX, owned by the Portland Oregonian newspaper, a job he held until 1942.
    It appears that McCamley handled covers for collectors that wanted from ships that attended the American Legion Convention in Portland OR in September 1932.
    A cover is my collection includes a “Conrath Printery” envelope, with manuscript addressee M.F.McCamley, KGW, City and it bears a three straight-line cachet / AMER. LEGION/ CONVENTION/ 9/ 12-15, posted aboard USS OMAHA with type 6 cancel on 12 SEP 1932 at 1 PM. Another covers to a New Jersey collector with similar 3LK posted aboard USS OMAHA on 16 SEP1932 at 7 AM. The cruiser’s mail clerk, H.G. Dyer had serviced other covers with a ship’s American Legion cachet for the National Convention in Portland on 12 SEP 1932 at 9 AM.
    Other ships- USS REDWING, CG, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS VANCOUVER, USS EAGLE # 38 & USS EAGLE #57 visited Portland during the Legion’s convention and had various marking applied to collector’s covers and were brought to the Portland post office for cancellation. I suspect that a notice concerning the event appeared in some philatelic publication, probably inserted by McCamley.
    Mac designed a stamp cachet commemorating the Silver Jubilee of the Portland Rose Festival (8-11 JUN 1933.) The cachet depicts a plane dropping roses upon the “City of Roses.” According to records- the cachet was applied in four different colors and my cover (violent) was posted aboard USS YARNALL (DD 143) on 10 JUN 1933. His next endeavor was a cachet welcoming “Old Ironsides to the Rose City” sponsored by the Auspices Oregon Stamp Society in August 1933.
    During the 1930s, Mac wrote a column entitled “Naval Gossip from the Crow’s Nest” for Hobbies magazine and contributed to other publications i.e. Stamps. Linn’s, Western Stamp Collector, Kaw Chief Stamp Journal and even wrote a stamp column in Portland’s Sunday newspaper “The Oregonian.”
    He was responsible for organizing the Battleship Oregon Chapter #22 with 16 other charter members in the Portland area. The first club meeting was held aboard the Battleship Oregon on September 13, 1934. Covers were sponsored by McCamley and R. B. Hare (USCS #432.) They had previously sponsored printed covers documenting the visit of President Roosevelt to Portland on August 3, 1934. FDR had taken a cruise to the Pacific Northwest aboard USS HOUSTON and took the train back to Washington.
    The chapter sponsored its first cachet for Columbus Day 1934, posted aboard USS MARYLAND (type 7 cancel) on 12 Oct 1934 with three different Navy Day covers (different colors) posted aboard USS PORTLAND (373 covers), USS ASTORIA (373) and Naval Sub Cancel, Oregon (621) The cachet director was Louis Diesing (#695), who handled covers for collectors (1934-36) and Mac took over in 1937. Most of the events documents holidays and Fleet Week in Portland. He also co-sponsored event covers with Robert Kirchgraber (USCS #1673) in the days before World War II.
    Mac served as USCS Director 1936, 1937 & 1938 after becoming a Director in June 1935 because of resignations. Records indicate that he served as the 2 nd VP during 1938-39 and 1 st VP during 1939-40 terms. Official records indicate that Mac asked to be dropped from USCS (March 1941) due to change of interests and lack of funds. Having an interest in earlier merchant ships. Mac probably devoted his time to the International Seapost Cover Club.
    Mac left the Oregonian radio station (1942) and took a job as statistician in the classified advertising department of the newspaper. The new job was a night job that did not appeal to him and went to work for the Willamette Iron & Steel Co., Portland. During the war, Mac went to work at Oregon Shipyards and Vancouver (WA) Shipyards and did join the Coast Guard Reserve (1943-44.)
    A letter from him (May 2, 1998) mentions that Mac volunteered hours, 2 evenings a week interviewing full time recruits into the Coast Guard Reserve, had tan (khakis) & Dress Blues and came out W/S 2/c at the end of the war. The Honeyman Warehouse was used as a Coast Guard Base and barracks during the war. Being married, Mac went home after his shift ended at 10:30PM, but he eat evening meals with the gang.
    Navy Day 1945 saw him producing cachets for TOPEKA, WOODWORTH & TAYLOR posted with type 2 cancels that bore the ship’s name. He used old Chapter #22 holiday cachets for Armistice Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day which were posted aboard post-warships. He rejoined to USCS in November 1945 and he was listed in both 1947 & 1948 USCS yearbooks. The USCS Cachet Catalog has Mac a cover sponsor (1933-42), a printer (1928-50) and cachet artist (1933-50.)
    In later years, According to Emil Cobos Mac donated Chapter #22 (Battleship Oregon) printers’ cuts to the newly formed USS Oregon Chapter #79. The chapter was formed in March 1977 and operated until Emil ceased operations in March 2005. Emil had rubber stamps made of Mac’s holiday cuts that was used on Chapter 79 covers. .
    Mac had been a warehouse superintendent for the Sunset Valley firm in Cedar Mills, OR when he retired in 1971. Known as the Ol’ Scot or Mac to his many friends, he crossed the bar on May 3, 2001 in his 94 th year, as I was informed in a letter from his daughter, Patricia Mattson. She was writing to inform collectors would have their checks returned to them, as Mac was running a cover service.
    I wish to thank Ralph Nafziger (AFDCS) for sending a copy of his article on Mac that appeared in the American First Day Cover Society’s publication “First Days”, July/ August 1980.
  • guest_7660 (20 Nov 2020 12:59am EST) :

    Link seems to give error.

    Try a search on Myron McCamley in upper right corner
  • guest_7660 (20 Nov 2020 12:54am EST) : Guest 7660

    Try this link

    Richard D. Jones
    USCS President
  • guest_7660 (20 Nov 2020 12:52am EST) : Doug McCamley

    We have a biography about your grandfather at this link on this website

    Richard D. Jones
    USCS President
  • guest_7660 (19 Nov 2020 3:06pm EST) : I am Doug McCamley I am not a member I was looking about information on my late grandfather Myron fisher McCamley .and what he did ..and if anybody knows anything about him could they please share with me..?
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (18 Nov 2020 11:07am EST) : Rich-

    The Board voted to declare Moffett #6
    USS KALAMAZOO #75, and USS MICHIGAN #80 chapters as inactive on September 26, 2020.

    Log page 13 November Log
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Nov 2020 10:45pm EST) : I may look into HipStamps for future listings of navals.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Nov 2020 10:44pm EST) : Several recent messages to sellers on eBay from eBay indicate that they are dumping PayPal after January. Has anyone else deciphered this information the way I did? PayPal is out and proceeds from items sold will be transferred directly to your bank account when the sale closes? Would like to hear from others.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Nov 2020 10:41pm EST) : Mike Hebert: A letter just went out to each person and chapter who is listed in the current website before we migrate the information to the new website. You were not on the list, so send me what you want listed. Most have name, address, email address (one lists his eBay store) so members can contact you for information on what you have for sale. I will email you the list I am in the process of updating.
  • Mike Hebert (16 Nov 2020 4:43pm EST) : Hi - who can I contact to update my dealer information on the website - please email me Thank You
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2020 11:32am EST) : Guest 1107. All depends on how you want to dispose of them. Yes, copies would be important to see if any of the covers have any real value. Many covers have a very minimal value and dealers are reluctant to purchase common naval covers.

    You might consider a donation to the Universal Ship Cancellation Society, and it would be a charitable donation to a 501c3 non-profit organization. Thanks for your question.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2020 11:25am EST) : Guest 7148. USS HAVEN was a U S Navy hospital ship. By October 1952 she had completed two tours to Korea during the Korean War. From Wikipedia: Haven sailed again for the United States 16 September 1952, and, after the installation of a new flight deck to facilitate helicopter evacuation of patients, once more steamed out of San Diego 24 January 1953. She returned to her regular station in Inchon harbor where during the next 7 months she treated almost 3,000 patients.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2020 11:20am EST) : Had am email today from "The Caves" asking for a digital image for the Delbert Black commissioning pictorial at Cape Canaveral, FL. So expect delays in getting your covers back from Cape Canaveral.

    Question. Has anyone received their covers back from Jacksonville (Home Port Sta.) for the same event?
  • guest_1107 (15 Nov 2020 8:16pm EST) : Greetings all, I came across several envelopes in a box that came from my parents. I'm not familiar with these envelopes and wondering if there is anyone that would be interested in them. I can send a list and photos of those that I have.

  • guest_7148 (15 Nov 2020 8:07pm EST) : I have a USS Haven October 14, 1952 Does anyone have any information on this
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Nov 2020 10:31pm EST) : In an effort to update contacts from our chapters I need any changes to the below list. Send to Thanks.
    USS Saginaw Chapter #59,
    San Francisco Bay Area, Steve Shay, 747 Shard Ct., Fremont CA 94539
    USS Ronald Reagan Chapter #107
    California, Ventura County Area, Lee Zeller, 1941 Pamela St., Oxnard, CA 93036,
    USS Nathan Hale Chapter #68
    Connecticut, David A. Kent, PO Box 127, New Britain CT 06050, (203) 667-1400
    Admiral Moffett Chapter #6,
    Chicago Area, Robert Nadolny, 3048 Elaine Ct., Flossmoor, IL 60422-1462
    Admiral Byrd Chapter #11,
    MD, DC, VA Areas, Dick Morain, 302 Lindenshade Ct., Millersville MD 21108-1838
    USS Kalamazoo Chapter #75,
    Southwest Mich/Northeast Indiana Area, Norm Ferguson, 4287 Laurel Dr, Saint Joseph, MI 49085-9360
    USS Michigan Chapter #80,
    Detroit Area, Bob Quintero, 22608 Poplar Ct., Hazel Park MI 48030-1928
    New Jersey
    USS New Jersey Chapter #90
    Northern New Jersey, Phil Schreiber, 123 S Adelaide Ave Apt 3B, Highland Park, NJ 08904-1614
    New York/NJ
    USS Iowa Chapter #98, Staten Island NY, Stewart Milstein, PO Box 340141, Brooklyn, NY 11234-0004 (May-Oct) or PO Box 1051, Cortaro AZ 85652-1051 (Nov-Apr)
    North Carolina
    USS North Carolina Chapter #99,
    North Carolina area, James P. Hanson, 4600 Berini Drive, Durham NC 27705-1709
    Stephen Decatur Chapter #4,
    Delaware Valley Area, Rich Hoffner, 415 Moyer Rd., Souderton PA 18964-2319 (215)721-8606
    USS Columbia Chapter #106
    Oregon/Washington area. Mike Brock, 141 Kingsgate Rd, Lake Oswego OR 97035
    Taze Nicholson Chapter #104,
    Virginia Tidewater Area, Darrell W. Millner, 106 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, VA 23606
    USS Puget Sound Chapter #74, Seattle/Tacoma Area, Robert Clark, P O Box 1864, Snoqualmie WA 98065
    Outside USA:
    Mercator Chapter #85, Belgium, Gunther E. Segers, Eglantierlaan 49, B-2630 Aartselaar, Belgium
    Graf Von Spee Chapter #65,
    Wolfgang Herold, Goslarsche Str 5, Wolfebuttel 38304 Germany
    Virtual Chapters
    DSV ALVIN Study Group
    Visit their Facebook page
    David DuBois,
    N.S. SAVANNAH Chapter #109
    Art Cole, 11004 Louis Dr SE, Huntsville AL 35803-1008
    Visit their Facebook page
    Introduction to NSS Chapter
    NS Savannah Chapter Application
    USS Constitution Chapter #110
    Visit their Facebook page
    Skip Eckel, 36 Paseo Hermoso, Salinas CA 93908-9166
    Coast Guard Chapter #111
    Visit their Facebook page
    John Young, 146 N Lincoln Ave, Pearl River NY 10965-1709
    Pearl Harbor Chapter #112
    Visit their Facebook page
    Lloyd Ferrell, PO Box 2086, Beaverton OR 97075-2086
  • Elgin Sink (02 Nov 2020 3:00pm EST) : Superb hard copy periodical rate NOV LOG was received in central PA today.
  • Lb Brennan (02 Nov 2020 6:15am EST) : Have you worked on your naval cover collection recently. I’ve been sorting and posting a few covers regularly on Facebook. Lots of non-cover collectors are seriously interested in naval things.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Oct 2020 10:50pm EDT) : 300+ November eLOGs have been sent to members who requested this version of the USCS LOG.


    Richard Jones
    Log Editor
  • Elgin Sink (29 Oct 2020 7:12pm EDT) : John, there is much naval activity in the Barents Sea this year noted here:
  • John Young (29 Oct 2020 1:31pm EDT) : Correction: Heard on Facebook that CGC POAR STAR will NOT be going south this year, as she will be heading north to the Bering Sea- sometime in December

    It will be interested to see, who will do
    the break-in to Mc Murdo?
  • John Young (23 Oct 2020 11:43am EDT) : It was me, as guest 3414
  • Elgin Sink (18 Oct 2020 2:45pm EDT) : Possibly guest_3414 is John Young...I'll be trying covers to Antarctica soon hopefully to be cancelled at McMurdo.
  • guest_3414 (16 Oct 2020 1:49pm EDT) : Ahoy Mates! Elgin my CGC POLAR STAR covers that were sent out last December came back on Tuesday with a large OSC
    (bear), spray canceled at Seattle WA on 7 OCT 2020.

    She's heading south again this year and its cutter's 25th voyage to Antarctica & I believe they requested a special cachet.
  • Elgin Sink (13 Oct 2020 2:51pm EDT) : Nice USCGC POLAR STAR covers received today cancelled 10/7/2020 from SEATTLE (but not sent out this year).
  • Rich Hoffner (13 Oct 2020 1:52pm EDT) : More HAPPY NEWS about a pictorial.

    Mr. Hoffner; Yes, I did see communications from Cynthia Weigel in regards to the pictorial for Cape Canaveral FL being approved.

    Thank you,
    Becky Kaiwi
  • Elgin Sink (10 Oct 2020 4:04pm EDT) : Here is interesting info on the Naval Academy's 175th Anniversary today:
  • BMCMJONES (10 Oct 2020 1:13pm EDT) : USS St. LOUIS commissioning covers came back yesterday,

    Most nice strikes
  • BMCMJONES (08 Oct 2020 9:22pm EDT) : Thanks Rich-

    Last few months have been rough getting any event covers returned.

    Keep after them.
  • Rich Hoffner (08 Oct 2020 4:41pm EDT) : I mentioned this on the Facebook page. I saw scans of #10 commemorative covers from Concord and Oakland CA. Three different pictorials, or I thought. As they were not in the PB, I contacted the Cancellations Div to see where to send for these pictorials. I have not had a reply to that message (a recurring theme)?

    So, using Google I tracked the groups mentioned in the pictorials; WWII Veterans History Fund and Pearl Harbor Survivors Sons & Daughters chapter in northern CA. A reply came back quickly that the markings were privately produced to enhance the covers that did for the event.

    Two markings celebrate V-J Day at Concord CA and Oakland CA on Aug 15 the official end of WWII, aka Victory Day. The third celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the surrender documents with a marking from Concord CA.

    During our conversations they asked if I were doing a pictorial in Honolulu HI for 12-7-20 and wondered if I could do a pictorial for a "Lighting Ceremony" at Mount Diablo Lighthouse on the same date which is done yearly to salute veterans. With the help of Wolfgang Hechler, both designs were submitted to the USPS for pictorials.

    They offered to let me use the "markings" if I wanted to do covers, and they mailed the markings to me. If you want these markings on your covers, send me the covers and I will apply the markings. These are pretty large, so don't apply a cachet until you get the covers back. They are about 2" x 4" for the largest one. Two are 1 3/4" x 3 1/2".
  • Rich Hoffner (08 Oct 2020 4:23pm EDT) : Norfolk VA post office pictorials are mostly missing in action. After my complaint to Kansas Ciity (Cancellations Div.), I was advised that they would all be processed. I did get my FDC hand cancels of Norfolk for "WOODY" Williams returned and the pictorial for CHEYENNE. CHEYENNE device was a disaster and it was under inked, oversized and poorly applied. I reported this to Kansas City and asked if they could check with Norfolk and ask that the remaining AWOL pictorials be done with better graphics and in the proper size and cancelled with an ink pad that properly inked. That message has not been answered. I'll give it another shot.
  • Rich Hoffner (08 Oct 2020 4:17pm EDT) : I had confirmation that ST LOUIS will be processed and returned. Snail mail?

    San Diego post office seems to have gone off the rails. Email out for them to explain has been acknowledged but not answered as to the lack of the pictorial. Will give it another shot.
  • guest_1147 (06 Oct 2020 4:00pm EDT) : Hard copy of October issue of USCS Log arrived today in lower Hudson Valley.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (29 Sep 2020 6:27pm EDT) : No St Louis or Kansas City pictorials back. Did just get Montana.
  • bmcmjones (29 Sep 2020 12:04pm EDT) : Rich

    No St Louis covers and no USS KANSAS covers from San Diego.

    No Montana covers either
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Sep 2020 12:59pm EDT) : guest 4166 can you give us a description of the cover, date, event, sondition or cachet maker?
  • Rich Hoffner (28 Sep 2020 12:15am EDT) : Has anyone received their ST LOUIS pictorials back from Jacksonville FL? Date of event was Aug 8, 2020.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:37pm EDT) : Two more pictorial postmarks are being planned, but the designs are awaiting final changes. One is at Concord CA for the Mount Diablo Lighthouse "Lighting Ceremony" held yearly at the lighthouse.

    The other will honor the USS ARIZONA at Honolulu HI pending completion of the design.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:33pm EDT) : A pictorial has been submitted to Newport News VA post office for the anniversary of the aircraft carrier JOHN C STENNIS on Dec 9.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:29pm EDT) : Thanks to member Foster Miller for stepping to the plate and offering to take over the process of submitting pictorial postmarks to the USPS in 2021.
  • Rich Hoffner (25 Sep 2020 1:27pm EDT) : UPDATE ON FREE ENVELOPES:

    I mentioned below that my envelope supplier sent me the wrong envelopes (4,000). They replaced these and did not want them back. So, they are offered here free. Shipping costs by the USPS is ridiculous. The least expensive way I can ship them in 50 via first class flat for 2.80 or 300 via Priority Mail Flat for 7.75. A box of 500 weighs 4 lbs and would cost 21.10 in a Large Flat Rate box. The envelopes are free, but the postage is on you.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Sep 2020 12:41pm EDT) : FREE ENVELOPES:
    I had a shipment of 4000 envelopes and the wrong ones were shipped to me. Replacements are now on the way to me per the seller. They are 6 3/4, 25% cotton 24# substance, no glue on the flap.
    But, they don't want these envelopes back. When I opened them I found that they all had some wrinkling. Perhaps due to age or shipping problems. I am offering these envelopes free. Any quality you want, just pay return postage. I can weigh the quantity you want and determine the cost of shipping for you. Some weights change due to weight and zones. Please pass this on to others who may be interested. I have a scan of the wrinkling if you want to see the scan, email me at
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Sep 2020 12:07pm EDT) : On the submissions for the USS DELBERT BLACK I have had no response from the USPS CS person. Snail mail copies also went to both post offices (Jacksonville and Cape Canaveral. I suspect they will not be issued.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Sep 2020 12:04pm EDT) : While a message in next months Log will announce a volunteer for the pictorial postmark program, just hours after the Log went to the printer that volunteer unfortunately decided to decline this position. This makes two members who showed an interest but decided it was not for them. I do not intend to do any submissions for pictorial postmarks in 2021. A volunteer is necessary to carry this on or there will be no naval pictorials submitted for us in 2021.
  • Elgin Sink (15 Sep 2020 2:44pm EDT) : Interesting historic info on David Glasgow Farragut:
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (13 Sep 2020 7:15pm EDT) : Guest 4166, what is the cover - ship name, date, event (commissioning, etc) or just regular everyday cover?
  • guest_4166 (12 Sep 2020 2:01pm EDT) : Can you help me with an evaluation of a cover?
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2020 2:08pm EDT) : Don't forget, I am not going to continue requesting pictorial cancels at the end of December 2020. If you have an interest in doing these, let me know, I will train for covers. Ha. Sounds sort of like the signs you see people holding along highways, "will work for food".
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2020 2:05pm EDT) : A "Hail Mary" request was just submitted to teh Customer Services person covering part of FL. Two pictorials were requested; one from Jacksonville FL for DDG 119 "Homeport Station" Commissioning day. The second from Cape Canaveral FL for the commissioning site of DDG119. As I said, these were "Hail Mary" passes and may be rejected. But it was worth trying.
  • Rich Hoffner (10 Sep 2020 2:01pm EDT) : Ray Younkins, an email to9 you was just rejected. Did you change your provider?
  • Dan Goodwin (09 Sep 2020 5:17pm EDT) : Belay that. They just reconsidered.
  • Dan Goodwin (09 Sep 2020 5:15pm EDT) : Facebook has given me the heave-ho. I don't know why or for how long. It seems to be arbitrary.
  • Elgin Sink (07 Sep 2020 5:02pm EDT) : Rich, our president said there should be a pandemic vaccine ready by election day...((-:
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Sep 2020 11:32am EDT) : Edward Githens: I am curious why you would avoid commissioning covers from ships in the 1930's. A few may not have their postal cancels on commissioning day and those would be postmarked at the city where the event took place.

    The others will have the ships cancels and were done aboard.

    Those ships that did not have cancels on commissioning day, usually processed collectors requests for cancels on FDPS (First Day Postal Service), the date the post office opened aboard the ship.

    There is no rule on how to collect and each of us have the ability to collect what pleases us. The bottom line is enjoy your collection and now and then share some of your covers on the USCS Facebook page.
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Sep 2020 11:24am EDT) : We are in Hunt Valley for BALPEX in 2021. So, what do we do? Pray for a vaccine?
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Sep 2020 11:22am EDT) : PLEASE READ:

    I'm still looking for a volunteer to take over the process of applying for pictorial postmarks for naval related events from the U S Postal Service. I have mentioned before that I will stop doing these soon. If you have an interest let me know. I will guide and support anyone who steps forward, with the requirements necessary to get them issued. My last three pictorials submitted are for WEST VIRGINIA, USS COLUMBIA in October at Groton and JOHN C STENNIS at Newport News in December. December is my last one.
  • Elgin Sink (06 Sep 2020 12:27pm EDT) : BALPEX 2020 normally scheduled for this weekend was cancelled due to CORONAVIRUS, but plans are underway for 2021...
  • Steve Shay (05 Sep 2020 2:42pm EDT) : Edward, if the ship name is in the cancel, it was on the ship.
  • Edward Githens (01 Sep 2020 7:51pm EDT) : Thank you, Steve. It actually answers my question: there’s a fairly good chance a cancel may not have been aboard that vessel.

    My primary goal is to obtain cancels that took place aboard (whether there’s an associated cachet or not - I have several that are just cover, cancel, stamp, and address. I’m happy with that). So, in light of that, I should avoid “Commissioning” cancels.

    I look forward to learning more about this hobby from y’all. Thank you!

    - Eddie
  • Steve Shay (01 Sep 2020 5:43pm EDT) : No one answer to your question Edward. If the ship's post office were active on the day of commissioning, then the cancel would be on the ship. But I think more commonly, the ship post office was not established on the day of commissioning so the cancel would be aboard another ship or a shore post office.
  • Edward Githens (31 Aug 2020 9:32pm EDT) : I apologize if this has been answered before - it’s very hard to search forums on a smart phone.

    My question is this: in reference to USN ships in the 1930’s, would a “first day commission” cancel have been struck onboard the vessel, or elsewhere using that ship’s stamp?

    I’m new to the hobby of naval covers, and am learning all I can.

    Thank you!
  • Bob Lamb (30 Aug 2020 8:23pm EDT) : Rich Hoffrner - Crop anything before creating the JPEG ? That's what I do
  • Bob Lamb (30 Aug 2020 8:21pm EDT) : I have been using Word and Mailchimp for our VFW. Complete the document or scan in Word and then use the Sniping tool to create a JPEG. Upload in Mailchimp. Probably the most complicated thing I know how to do on a PC. 🙂
  • BMCMJONES (29 Aug 2020 11:14am EDT) : Rich Hoffner
    I use Snipping Tool which is part of Microsoft programs. I snip the area to be used and drop it into PAINT and crop it and clean it up there Then I save it as a JPEG
  • John Young (28 Aug 2020 6:49pm EDT) : It appears Roger Wentworth passed away as his obit is on USCS Facebook page.

    Rest in Peace & thanks for the covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 7:19pm EDT) : Any computer geeks out there? Since I started to use Microsoft Word 2019 I have been unable to crop JPEGs or photos that I download? Any ideas? Do I need to purchase another Microsoft program to "crop" stuff? All help appreciated.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 7:15pm EDT) : Opppsss... should be BB-63.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 5:13pm EDT) : Elgin, a similar cancel will be available in Honolulu for the surrender ceremony aboard the USS MISSOURI BB-62 at Honolulu on 9-2-20.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 5:07pm EDT) : Someone just reported their USS ALBANY anniversary covers returned that were AWOL in Norfolk (4-7-20). Perhaps the ice-jam is about to clear up. Covers are out there sine June 2019.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Aug 2020 5:04pm EDT) : USCGC MELLON WHEC 717 has been decommissioned. I have conflicting dates of 8-20-20 and 8-21-20. I am trying to determine exactly where she was decommissioned in Seattle. Was she at the Coast Guard base for the ceremony?
  • Elgin Sink (21 Aug 2020 11:03am EDT) : Thanks, Neal...covers have already been sent.
  • Neal Mills (21 Aug 2020 9:32am EDT) : Elgin Sink - Yes, they have a 30 day grace period.
  • Elgin Sink (20 Aug 2020 2:06pm EDT) : Noticed nice cancels on the Facebook site received for 10th anniversary of the USS MISSOURI from Hawaii...Does this have the usual 30 day USPS grace period?
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 7:03pm EDT) : Leonhard Venne has solicited the assistance of Darrell Millner to help with the pictorials for Newport News. After TUCSON and MONTANA the next pictorial in Newport News will be the anniversary of the STENNIS in December.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 6:59pm EDT) : All the work involved in trying to solve the AWOL covers for pictorials that have been submitted have worn me out. Looking back on unraveling problems with Bath ME, Norfolk and Honolulu post offices were like pushing a rock uphill. Two offices who published pictorials but never serviced covers are acting dumber then rocks. One office offered, "I'm new here and don't know anything about it". Another office with a new postmaster simple says "I don't see your envelopes anywhere". I am worn out. I am not going to submit pictorial postmarks in 2021. If anyone wants to continue with this, contact me and I'll be hands and point you in the right direction until you are comfortable doing it.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 6:48pm EDT) : BMCM Jones, my bad for not reading your column more closely. I never noticed it.
  • Rich Hoffner (19 Aug 2020 6:46pm EDT) : Light at the end of the runnel. It's there! "The Caves" is inquiring as to the dates I submitted for pictorials at Norfolk post office sinse June 2019. They also asked for digital images of the pictorials. It took me an hour to pull it all together and answer them. Hopefully this will be step one in them working their way through all the requests that went AWOL since June 2019.
  • guest_9908 (14 Aug 2020 2:40pm EDT) : companies that still sell prerelease first day cachet envelopes
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (13 Aug 2020 12:17am EDT) : Nominations formally open 1 September for the coming slate of nominees.

    Chair of Nominating Committee is David Kent.

    Slate of nominees will be printed in the December Log along with bios and photo as we have done for 20 + years.

    I have been seeking nominees in the President's column on page 5 every month since the January 2020 USCS Log.
  • Rich Hoffner (12 Aug 2020 3:30pm EDT) : I had a phone call today from the Newport News post office and learned that the clerk who handled our pictorial postmarks had a stroke and was recovering at home. He did not know if she would return to work or not. He had a mailing from me requesting pictorials for TUCSON and MONTANA and did not know what to do. I have asked member Leonhard Venne to call or stop in and let them know our relationship with past pictorial cancels.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Aug 2020 9:57pm EDT) : Has anyone heard from the USCS nominating committee with reference to who has been asked to run or laying out the dates that are coming up to report the slate of candidates for the next fiscal year or information on self-nominating? I mention this because no one has asked me yet if I will run and nothing has appeared in the Log about the nominations and the process. Perhaps the information will be in next months Log, but that seems a tad late.
  • Darlene Hall #12547 (11 Aug 2020 10:37am EDT) : In the August 2020 issue, the photo on page 20, with the caption identifying the ship as the USS Birmingham, is not correct. That photo is actually of the USS Pennsylvania; a comparison with the photo right next to it makes that clear. For a photo showing the flight from the USS Birmingham, Please visit
    or scroll through
    One can see that the superstructure of the Birmingham is very different from that of the Pennsylvania.
    Just thought I'd point that out.
  • 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
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