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Online Chat Archives – June to August, 2017

  • BMCM JONES 3933 (01 Sep 2017 12:27am EDT) : September eLOG was sent Thursday along with an extra file of pictorial postmarks that will be available in the next week or two.
  • esink (31 Aug 2017 1:41pm EDT) : Here is more info on disaster relief assistance for Hurricane Harvey: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=102213
  • esink (31 Aug 2017 1:32pm EDT) : Hope this is not the beginning of a trend to eliminate post offices on navy ships…
  • guest_2296 (31 Aug 2017 5:07am EDT) : All covers mailed to the USS Zumwalt for Commissioning will be returned to sender says Supply Officer. Seems ship does not want any kind of cancel, and same for the rest of the class. No Post Office aboard now but possibly when they become fully operational in a year or so.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Aug 2017 12:38pm EDT) : USS KEARSARGE to be deployed with Marines to Gulf coast area.
  • John Young (30 Aug 2017 9:59am EDT) : Neat COM with Toyko Bay cover from USS MOUNT OLYMPUS, a year later she was Flagship of Task Force 68 that
    carried Admiral Byrd in his 4th attack on AntarcticaShe was deployed below Lat 60 South
    from 30 DEC 1946 to 1 MAR 1947 on
    Operation Highjump.

    Main objective was the aerial mapping of Antarctica, establish American sovereignty over the largest area of the frozen continent and the feasibility of American bases.

    Ten years later, 7 American bases were built during IGY

  • Rich Hoffner (29 Aug 2017 5:48pm EDT) : Covers from USS HOUSTON SSN 713 LDC (24 Aug 17) arrived yesterday, over-cancelled at Tacoma/Olympia WA sectional center 24 Aug 2017(Drat). These are the covers with the subs FPO pictorial postmark.
  • Rich Hoffner (29 Aug 2017 5:43pm EDT) : Note from “the caves”, MISSISSIPPI covers for Pascagoula and GABRIELLE GIFFORDS covers for Galveston TX are shipping. Also, Pascagoula MS post office returned my Keel laying covers for FRANK E PETERSON DDG 121 (2-21-17) and Christening covers for PAUL IGNATIUS DDG 117 (4-8-17). Both arrived today, great strikes but a tad light on the ink.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (25 Aug 2017 9:48pm EDT) : WASHINGTON (NNS) — The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command has awarded a $3.1 million firm, fixed-price contract for the heavy lift of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62).Patriot Shipping, based out of Houston, Texas, has been awarded the contract to move Fitzgerald from Yokosuka, Japan, to Pascagoula, Mississippi where the ship will be repaired by Huntington Ingalls Industries.

    Heavy-lift will be completed by November 2017.

  • esink (25 Aug 2017 1:40pm EDT) : Joshua, ‘Have sent covers in the past to the FORD for three different occasions and have always been processed with great results.
  • Joshua McGee (25 Aug 2017 9:28am EDT) : The Postal Logistic Specialist aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) did a fantastic job with my covers. Did everyone else experience satisfactory results?http://mcg.ee/cvn78.jpg
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Aug 2017 10:41am EDT) : It’s a shame about USS John S. McCain, yet another. I have been trying to get covers from her for almost 2 years and just received some back about a week ago with the new Unit cancel. I forwarded a copy to Greg C. for the catalog and museum, very nicely done. No idea why but the COPE cancelled them December 25, 2017.
  • guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (20 Aug 2017 5:37pm EDT) : Yesterday was the anniversary of the GULF OF SIDRA INCIDENT in which aircraft of USS NIMITZ shot down aircraft of the the government of Libya which challenged them. Larry Brennan who was the Nimitz legal officer at that time will speak at the next USS NEW JERSEY CHAP.90 USCS, Tuesday Sept.5, 2017. His topic will be the recent collision of the USS FITZGERALD legal implications. Larry is a retired JAG captain who lectured at the Navy War College, Newport RI. For more details call me: #732 993 0780
  • Lbbrennan (20 Aug 2017 8:01am EDT) : Sad to learn about absent friends at nojex. Have to see John Young’s beer coaster exhibit
  • guest_2294 (17 Aug 2017 11:30pm EDT) : USS Bowen was DE1079. DE 1078 was USS Joseph Hewes
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Aug 2017 5:30pm EDT) : Pictorial for SOUTH DAKOTA christening submitted today. Date is 10-14-17 in Groton.Working in pictorial for PONCE in Norfolk same date.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Aug 2017 5:28pm EDT) : Elgin. Doubt there is any change of FPO address for PULLER.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Aug 2017 3:18pm EDT) : Another set of covers from the USS RAFAEL PERALTA DDG 115 Commissioning arrived today and these were cancelled on July 29th commission day. It is one of the largest type 12 ?? cancels I have seen. Really nicely done though.
  • john young (17 Aug 2017 3:02am EDT) : Going to and exhibiting at NOJEX 2017,
    as that will be my first stamp show since
    National show in New York City
  • esink (16 Aug 2017 9:37pm EDT) : Thanks, Thad…agree that probably may not change.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Aug 2017 9:19pm EDT) : Elgin – The address for PULLER when she was listed as a USNS was – Unit 100195 Box 1, FPO AE 09591. I’ll bet it’s the same now for USS PULLER.
  • esink (16 Aug 2017 9:14pm EDT) : Rich…any idea what the “new” FPO address will be for the USS PULLER?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Aug 2017 9:14pm EDT) : Covers returned for the USS RAFAEL PERALTA DDG 115 commissioning were returned with the ships cachet on the filler cards and returned in my SASE unserviced (uncancelled).
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Aug 2017 7:10pm EDT) : Navy announces Commissioning date for ESB 3. The USS LEWIS B. PULLER ESB 3 (ex-USNS LEWIS B. PULLER T-ESB 3) will be palced in Commissioning tomorrow at Khalifa bin Salman Port in Al Hidd, Bahrain. Anyone have covers aboard? Lewis B. Puller will be replacing Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce. As an AFSB(I), Ponce was able to stage people and equipment in support of multiple maritime missions in the 5th Fleet area of operations. Lewis B. Puller will serve as the first ship built specifically for the purpose of serving as an afloat expeditionary sea base.As the security environment has become faster paced, more complex and increasingly competitive, the Navy has a growing need to station more diverse and capable warships around the globe. Redesignating USNS Lewis B. Puller as a commissioned warship will allow the Navy greater operational flexibility and provide critical support to TF 51/5’s joint forces at sea, from the sea and ashore to meet potential threats in the 5th Fleet area of operations.

    USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) is expected to be Decommissioned in Norfolk VA on her return to the USA.

  • Rich Hoffner (16 Aug 2017 7:00pm EDT) : Next major show will be BALPEX on Labor Day weekend in Hunt Valley MD. Paul H will be there.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Aug 2017 6:59pm EDT) : Heard that PERALTA got her postal equipment late. Perhaps the four bar will show up at a later time.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Aug 2017 6:58pm EDT) : Anyone going to NOJEX? Was thinking about going, but now know that Paul Huber and Howard Tiffner will not be there. Dates 9-8 thru 10th.
  • esink (16 Aug 2017 5:04pm EDT) : Rich, ‘Completely overlooked and forgot about the PERALTA commissioning so no covers were sent to the ship…
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Aug 2017 3:58pm EDT) : Anyone get FDC cancels back for RAFAEL PERALTA? Only cancel I have seen so far is an AP chop, no four bar yet.
  • Rich Hoffner (15 Aug 2017 12:05pm EDT) : I should have been a hostage negotiator during my law enforcement career. FINALLY, the Commissioning pictorial has been approved by “the caves” in Kansas City. If you sent covers, the Galveston TX post offices promises to forward covers on hand to Pictorial Services Division for the Gabrielle Giffords postmark dated 6-10-17. The pictorial will be published in the Postal Bulletin of 8-31-17 with a 90 day extension. Persistence and an even keel prevail. SO, send your covers to: USS Gabrielle Giffords Station, Cancellation Services, Supervisor, Stamp Fulfillment Services, 8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210, Kansas City, MO 64144-9998This has been kicking around since March when I submitted the request to the Galveston TX post office and the USPS District covering Galveston just in case Galveston dropped the ball. Well, seems both missed the ball completely. The Galveston TX office I addressed the request to moved, but no one knows where my request went, but it did not come back to me. The person at the District who handled pictorials moved to another job. When I called Galveston TX postmaster in June asking when it was going to be in the PB, they started to grapple for excuses that made no sense telling me since I mentioned they didn’t need to attend, there was no approval (well that tole me someone did get my request). Then a call from the District blamed me for not calling earlier telling me that no one would want to send for the cancel after the event. So it was my fault according to them! They went away, but I didn’t and the cancel is finally approved.
  • Lbbrennan (12 Aug 2017 8:06am EDT) : Need to visit more frequently
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (11 Aug 2017 2:53pm EDT) : I have had a good response from members for articles for the USCS LOG.For those who have been working on some great research articles, now is the time to finish them off and get your scanned covers together to send them in.
    Only October-November-December issues to be filled before the judging begins for the next Stanton Honeyman Awards.

    Send them on in.

    Log Editor

  • esink (11 Aug 2017 6:56am EDT) : The post card sent to ZUMWALT was more of a reminder that somebody out there is missing “something” (like covers) from the ship and it was to rattle somebody’s memory…not necessarily requiring a reply.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Aug 2017 12:42am EDT) : Per a contact, the LDC for USS CITY of CORPUS CHRISTI SSN-705 was reported as 8-3-17 in Bremerton. Anyone else get that info? I initially had a later date this month. Before someone asks, yes the Navy did call a previous ceremony a Decommissioning, but that was the Deactivation (or some say Inactivation), but the day the CO and skeleton crew takes down the flag and makes the final entry into the ships log, that is the real Decommissioning. At that point the sub becomes property of the shipyard.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Aug 2017 12:36am EDT) : JY – what was the event on the cover with the missing white USA 25? Want to check my covers, just in case!
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Aug 2017 12:32am EDT) : Today I uploaded approx 150 items on eBay, items donated to the USCS. Many Dan Goodwin cachets are among the covers, along with patches, postcards and photos of ships. All proceeds to USCS. Seller is patchesnaval. Thank you Dan Goodwin for the donation of covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Aug 2017 12:32am EDT) : On ZUMWALT request. Not sure why any ship would reply to a post card. An SASE may have helped get a reply, but from whom? There is no COPE or MAIL CLERK or even a post office.
  • esink (05 Aug 2017 5:06pm EDT) : Rich and others: Currently, I have not yet had a reply to my post card I sent to the COPE about my ZUMWALT covers.
  • guest_4132 (05 Aug 2017 3:14pm EDT) : I have spent the last few years acquiring covers from all ships present at Pearl Harbor on 12-7-1941 so my grandson will have a reminder of that momentous event and hopefully remember. I have all of the ships that had post office capability with the exception of the USS Sunnadin (AT-28) and the USS Keosanqua (AT-38) both ocean-going tugs. If any member has a cover from these vessels and would like to sell, please contact me at swbco@msn.com. I would prefer postmarks prior to the end of the war.
    Thank you.
    Peter Silver
  • John Young (05 Aug 2017 11:10am EDT) : Hard copy August Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley in Friday’s mail. Where is
    the year going?Coast Guard Day spent going through covers- looking for sponsor of printed Coast Guard (1950 style) emblem in
    green or blue ink- usually printed on left side of envelope.

    Envelopes have stamped numbers 400000 series on reverse

    400339 USCGC INGHAM embossed seal
    9 DEC 1951 m.c. Norfolk VA

    400346 USCGC IROQUIOS (WPG 43) c/c
    17 JAN 1952 m.c. Long Beach CA

    400349 USCGC WINONA (WPG 65) c/c
    1 DEC 1951 m.c. Port Angeles WA

    400350 USCGC KLAMATH (WPG 66) c/c 28 NOV 1951 m.c. Seattle WA

    Cover are addressed to several individuals i.e. written, stamped, label, printed that suggests the were send to cachet sponsor who printed the emblem on envelopes & then he
    forwarded them to cutters.

    The highest number 400384 was send to CGC YAMACRAW WARC 333
    (cable ship) who applied a straight-line cachet 5 NOV 1951 m.c. Boston

  • Rich H (04 Aug 2017 11:52pm EDT) : Can anyone tell me if there was a pictorial for Seattle Seafair?
  • Rich H (04 Aug 2017 10:22pm EDT) : From Mike Brock, commissioning date for PORTLAND is now set for 4-21-18. Pictorial (T-F) is in preparation for ship and the city of “KPW”.
  • Rich H (04 Aug 2017 10:20pm EDT) : A recent posting from me indicated that the post office aboard the ZUMWALT was run out of the corner of the ships store (they only sold postage stamps there). That information was wrong. ZUMWALT has yet to have a post office established. They have no postmark. I have feelers out to personnel who have tracked down the collector submitted covers, to provide the ship with a T-F and cachet stamp to process the covers. I will move on this as soon as the ship sends me approval.
  • PACOASTIE (04 Aug 2017 10:16pm EDT) : So, to all my Coastie friends, Semper Paratus to those who served in the oldest continuous military service!
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (03 Aug 2017 8:07pm EDT) : Thanks Rich… covers ready to drop in mail tomorrow.
  • esink (03 Aug 2017 8:03pm EDT) : Thanks for the HOUSTON info, Rich…will send some covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Aug 2017 3:19pm EDT) : HOT NEWS:Last Day in Commission for the USS HOUSTON SSN 713 (Unit 100518 Box 1, FPO AP 96667)will be August 24, per CO, Cdr. Andrew Homer Ring, USN. He has asked for a postmark and a special Last Day cachet stamp. Both are on order today. I will ask the USCS will pay for them. I would send your covers ASAP, as FPO mail is a bummer, slower then snail mail and that is slow. The cachet and postmark will be shipped to Cdr. Ring as soon as it is manufactured. Initially Cdr. Ring tried to contact the USCS via a link on our website, “Contact USCS” but that link was and still is down. His persistence in finding a USCS contact paid off finally (Thank you Mike Brock for forwarding his message). Be sure to include a SASE if you don’t want the covers to be over-cancelled.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Aug 2017 10:09pm EDT) : Thanks BMCM Jones and Elgin for information.
  • esink (02 Aug 2017 5:09pm EDT) : Members may have already seen this website which I just found recently, but sharing it anyhow: http://www.navycommissionings.org/
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (02 Aug 2017 4:29pm EDT) : DDG 114 crew will still be arriving through August.No web link to any commissioning committee in Charleston SC area.

    DDG 114 still has to go through acceptance trials before delivery to Navy.

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (02 Aug 2017 9:57am EDT) : Has anyone heard of the date of the commissioning of the USS RALPH JOHNSON DDG 114? It is to be in Charleston, SC.
  • John Young (01 Aug 2017 2:50pm EDT) : New Jersey Chapter Meeting tonight at
    Phil Schreiber’s apartment123 South Adelaide Ave, Apt 3B
    Highland Park, NJ Time: 7:30 PM for civilians or 1930 Hours for those with a military clock in the house.

    Should be fun! Might even find a cover
    or two. Last month’s find of the month
    was a 25 cents Lighthouse stamp on a
    cover without white (USA 25) omitted
    on a Coast Guard cover.

    No I didn’t get it! Unused copy listed at $80.00 Hope Bruno writes it up for
    USCS Log.

  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (01 Aug 2017 10:07am EDT) : Covers arrived from North Kingstown, RI yesterday for the July 8, 2017 keel laying for the USS Oregon SSN.
  • esink (31 Jul 2017 3:21pm EDT) : My USS FORD commissioning day covers received today from the ship (FPO) in great shape with nice clear cancels and ship cachet on each cover…many thanks to Mike Brock in Oregon who forwarded them (How did they get all the way out there with my address on each cover?)
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (31 Jul 2017 2:16pm EDT) : Mobile Bay is just returning to the fleet after a long overhaul 28 July
  • Neal Mills (31 Jul 2017 11:12am EDT) : Thad – my covers to USS Mobile Bay were also returned, “Addressee Unknown.” The ship’s directory stamp is on the back with the clerk’s initials, so the envelopes did make it to he ship. He/she just didn’t want to be bothered.
  • esink (30 Jul 2017 8:08pm EDT) : Just returned from a great week at OBX to find in my mail a 30th Anniversary cancel dtd JUN 06 2017 from the USS ANTIETAM CG-54… handwritten corner card and no ship cachet, and cancel displays UNIT 100130 and FPO AP 96660, but no ship name.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (29 Jul 2017 9:55pm EDT) : August eLOG file has been sent to 300+ members who requested the format.Still need articles for November and December Log issues.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Jul 2017 8:39pm EDT) : Elgin – I received both sets of covers for the the FDC of FORD, pictorial and from the ship. Pictorial was poor and I returned them for replacement and the others from the FORD were what I described in the previous post.
    Several sets of covers sent to the USS Mobile Bay CG 53 were all returned with the “Red Finger” stating Addressee Unknown. I guess they don’t know who the C.O.P.E. is. The covers returned date back to March 3, 2016. Oh well, at least I now send them to another ship.
  • esink (28 Jul 2017 11:43am EDT) : Thad, are your Ford FDC covers from the ship(FPO)?…Elgin
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Jul 2017 9:08pm EDT) : Anyone get ship (FPO) covers back from the USS John Finn DDG 113 commissioning?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Jul 2017 9:06pm EDT) : Neal – glad your Finn covers that came back were great. I sent for replacements to the “caves” to see what happens. I received my USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 FDC covers today. The postmarks were only okay with a lite date in the cancel with a terrible, incomplete ships cachet. I was going to do my own cachet and I should have done so. Maybe I can buy one.
  • Neal Mills (27 Jul 2017 5:56pm EDT) : Thad – Received my Finn cancellations and they were great. Sorry yours were not.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (26 Jul 2017 6:52pm EDT) : Great photo essay on Old Ironsides 2017 restorationhttp://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/07/17/a-look-at-uss-constitutions-2015-2017-dry-docking-and-restoration/
  • Lbbrennan (26 Jul 2017 5:45pm EDT) : Check-in
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (24 Jul 2017 7:44pm EDT) : Anyone else get their pictorials from Honolulu for USS John Finn commissioning ? Mine came today and were over inked and not collectible. I am forwarding them to the “caves” with a letter and asking for a replacement.
  • Rich Hoffner (23 Jul 2017 3:57pm EDT) : Well, when the headlines and wall to wall TV and Internet live news coverage of the Commissioning of the USS GERALD R. FORD CVN 78 got everyone’s attention, some started thinking about sending for cancels. It brought some questions to my mailbox. Where do I send for the commissioning? Answer is that there was no pictorial submitted to USPS for the event. Since the Navy decided to hold off in announcing the date in a timely manner, when it finally became official, the window of opportunity to submit a request for the cancel had closed for me. USPS wants eight to ten weeks lead time. Add to that the change recently where Norfolk VA declined to approve pictorials, sending me to Customer Service folks Richmond VA for approvals. We did prepare two preliminary designs, but dates and locations would have been changed if we had the time necessary to do it.I have sent my covers to Norfolk for a standard hand cancel. Also sent five covers to the ship asking for Commissioning date. Both dates are now past and requests may or may not be granted.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Jul 2017 9:06pm EDT) : Hey Rich…. my mistake… Galveston and GIFFORDS, not Corpus Christi.
  • guest_4572 (21 Jul 2017 8:28pm EDT) : My Grandfather served on the USS CONSTELLATION. He enlisted 12/16/1905. His discharge record states he was 21 when discharged 11/25/1909. He was a Mastor at Arms 3rd class. He then listed on his WWI draft registration that he had been a chief petty officer. I think he had a habit of playing with the truth. I would like to know if there are any records or ship lists to track his whereabouts while in Navy. Any help would be appreciated. Any group photos going around or posted somewhere that I could study (via online) to see if see my grandfather in any of them? Thank you, in advance.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Jul 2017 1:17pm EDT) : What event is Corpus Christi?I am fighting an uphill battle with USPS over the Commissioning pictorial for USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS at Galveston. Requests went to both PM at Galveston and USPS District office. Both never replied. When I tried to find out what went wrong, I was given conflicting answers. Apparently they just ignored or lost the request then when I bothered to probe what went wrong, they are doing a “soft shoe” on the reasons it was not issued. I have turned it over to “the caves” to see if it can be issued.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Jul 2017 1:12pm EDT) : INDIANA Christening covers (4-29-17) arrived today from Newport News VA. Snail mail for sure!
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Jul 2017 1:11pm EDT) : Last I heard on ZUMWALT is that the post office is operating in the corner of the ships store. Folks I contacted have no idea where the Commissioning covers got to. Seems there is a lot of “passing the buck” going on. I recently made a new contact aboard and it is being looked into. My fear is that someone may have filed the covers in the proverbial “circular file”. Many crew members have already departed to other commands, so no telling if the covers will be found or not.
  • Neal Mills (20 Jul 2017 10:17am EDT) : Hi Rosemene Joseph
  • Rosemene Joseph (19 Jul 2017 7:12pm EDT) : hello
  • guest_2993 (16 Jul 2017 1:26pm EDT) : definitely will do, Thad…
  • Neal Mills (16 Jul 2017 12:58pm EDT) : Elgin, please let us know if you get a response from ZUMWALT.
  • esink (16 Jul 2017 11:17am EDT) : Thad, I am sending out a post card follow-up (already worded) to the ZUMWALT tomorrow…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (16 Jul 2017 11:03am EDT) : Has anyone heard anything new about USS ZUMWALT? Will they have a PO and the status of all those covers from FDC? I almost forgot about them.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Jul 2017 8:46pm EDT) : Neal – No, I forgot about that one… add that to the Corpus Christi and Newport News pictorials.
  • Neal Mills (14 Jul 2017 12:00pm EDT) : Has anyone received covers back with the June 2nd USS MISSISSIPPI 5th anniversary pictorial from Pascagoula?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (14 Jul 2017 10:35am EDT) : PM John Young – the Staten Island – NY Fleet Week arrived yesterday…thanks. How about taking a trip to Newport News and checking out the status of the USS Indiana christening from April.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (13 Jul 2017 8:10pm EDT) : Looking ahead to September Log–I still have a need for more articles. October 85th special issue is filling up nicely.Thanks
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jul 2017 2:46pm EDT) : Thanks Elgin, I appreciate it.
  • esink (12 Jul 2017 1:46pm EDT) : Thad, Sent on 3.24.17 to address provided on the chat, possibly by Rich, –Stamp Fulfillment Services, USPS, Manager, Cancellation Services
    Attn: Cynthia Weigel, 8300 Underground Dr., Pillar 210
    Kansas City, MO 64144-0001;
    request was nicely processed and returned by Celia Rodriguez on 3.30.17…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (12 Jul 2017 9:27am EDT) : Elgin, Did you send your badly serviced pictorials to any particular address to the “caves” in Kansas City…. any special department, pillar or person.
  • Neal Mills (11 Jul 2017 10:41pm EDT) : Thad — Thank you for the info.
  • esink (11 Jul 2017 6:21pm EDT) : One of the few pictorials I ever sent for was the USS ARIZONA cancel from Brooklyn which was processed badly. I did return the bad covers to the USPS “caves” in Missouri and they processed my replacement covers perfectly right down to and including the same stamps originally used…the only time I have ever done this. Perhaps this replacement service should be used more often by everybody and then maybe somebody in the USPS will tell the uncooperative post offices (with their smeared and bad cancels) to clean up their act.
  • LBBrennan (11 Jul 2017 3:11pm EDT) : Rich, the issues you mention may explain, in part, the motivation of Gill, Karcher, Reeves, et al to gundeck postmarks. Sometimes it is just too hard to do it right.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Jul 2017 3:10pm EDT) : Neal – try sending to Sharon Gregory, Customer Service Coordinator, PO Box 719, Norfolk, VA. 23501. She is the one that applies the pictorials at Norfolk and she has hand posted specific dates for me as long as you are not asking for something to be back dated. She is very nice.
  • Neal Mills (11 Jul 2017 12:02pm EDT) : Rich Hoffner — saw your USS Liberty 50th Anniversary covers on FB. How did you get the Norfolk cancels? Several times over the past year I’ve asked Norfolk to cancel covers on a specific date. Never got anything back on any of the requests.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (11 Jul 2017 10:05am EDT) : Received my USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN 73 – 25th Anniversary from Norfolk yesterday and were very good.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Jul 2017 12:51am EDT) : Seriously though. The USPS could not be more problematic with pictorial cancels if they tried. Actually, they probably have my photo on the wall of some of the offices and if there is a caption with it, it probably says #wehatepictorials under my name! I am fighting an uphill battle with USPS personnel who just do not care that there are specific regs in place to request pictorials and the mandated follow-up on approval or denial. I am finding more and more employees who simply ignore the requests and when confronted about it, make up stories to cover their a~~’s. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Jul 2017 12:44am EDT) : I have an idea. I appoint JY as the liaison for all lost naval covers, smeared ink, poorly applied pictorials. Send your complaints to him, as no one else listens. Thank you postmaster John.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Jul 2017 12:42am EDT) : Al Eckert received his GEORGE WASHINGTON 25th Anniv. covers back from Norfolk un-serviced. Did this happen to anyone else? The cancel is in the July 6 Postal Bulletin with the standard PO box address for Norfolk.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Jul 2017 8:41pm EDT) : Way to go John !! Hope mine were in there. We need you to get started on the USS Indiana at Newport News from April…
  • John Young (09 Jul 2017 6:56pm EDT) : First batch of Staten Island Fleet Week covers will be in mail tomorrow, as they are on my dining room table dying.
  • Rich Hoffner (09 Jul 2017 6:46pm EDT) : Deep Six my report of USCGC OLIVER BERRY WPC 1124 Commissioning at Sand Island on 7-4-17. She will have the ceremony in the fall in Hawaii. My Bad!
  • Rich Hoffner (09 Jul 2017 6:42pm EDT) : Member John Young becomes “Temporary Postmaster For A Day” and is assisting the post office in Staten Island with the cancelling of the covers. For those waiting John is perhaps bumping his way through the covers today?
  • Rich Hoffner (09 Jul 2017 6:39pm EDT) : From Star TribuneKeel laying marks attack submarine construction

    Associated Press
    July 08, 2017 – 1:30 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Latest on the keel laying of the nation’s 20th Virginia-class attack submarine named for Oregon (all times local):

    12:30 p.m.

    The keel of the nation’s 20th Virginia-class attack submarine named for Oregon has been laid at the manufacturing plant for General Dynamics’ Electric Boat.

    The milestone was marked Saturday at a Rhode Island shipyard. It comes at a time when many in Congress and in the military are eager to get more submarines into the fleet.

    Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia have an agreement to build two attack submarines annually.

  • esink (08 Jul 2017 9:29pm EDT) : Thad, no covers were received directly from ships for NYC Fleet Week 2017. I send directly to participating ships only, and not for the pictorials.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (08 Jul 2017 7:47pm EDT) : Again, has anyone received pictorials from NY Fleet Week or USS Indiana christening? They are for sale in the July Log.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (08 Jul 2017 12:00am EDT) : Sponsor Mrs. Dana L. Richardson will lay keel of USS Oregon @ 10:00a. A live webcast begins @ approx 9:45a https://t.co/vuBtdRz1qm
  • LBBrennan (07 Jul 2017 3:30pm EDT) : No USCS members from the Pacific Northwest made it to the Oregon keel laying ceremony. Sad that the press release was wrong. Let’s see who attended the Keel Laying of the battleship USS Oregon 120+ years ago.Great NJ chapter meeting and splendid report from Rich Hoffner. Lots of reasons to join us. We don’t take off for the summer months. Last night we had 14 members. Food, soft drinks, coffee, coves, friends, and lower price gas for visitors. We always have guys from three states and some visit the Costco or Wawa pumps for the savings.

    Lot about USS Finn commissioning. There is a move to have him declared the earliest to earn the Medal of Honor on December 7, 1941. That probably is an unnecessary distinction. There were many heroes that morning and Chief Finn certainly was one who stood out. Timing is hard to determine. Perhaps it was Chief Tomich who intentionally gave his life by descending into USS Utah’s fire room to save his shipmates and secure the boilers. This probably happened eight minutes after the attack began, say 0805. Likewise, Admiral Kidd and the CO Arizona were lost about the same time. I am not sure what purpose there is to making a temporal distinction. Chief Finn was in his quarters when he first hear the noise of h Japanese aircraft. He dressed and drove to NAS Kaneohe. His valor was without question.

  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2017 4:04pm EDT) : Looking for dates:USNS Burlington T-EPF 10 Keel Laying
    USS Vermont SSN 792 Keel
    USS Buffalo SSN 715 Deactivation
    USS Ponce AFSB(I) 15, Decommissioning
    USS Dallas SSN 700 Deactivation
    USS Houston SSN 713 Decommissioning
    USS Charleston LCS 18 Christening (tentative) 8-26-17) Mobile

    All help appreciated.

  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2017 4:01pm EDT) : Two new WPC’s enter the Coast Guard.
    USCGC Benjamin Baily WPC 1123 commissioned 7-4-17 at Pascagoula MS. USCGC Oliver Barry WPC 1124 commissioned Pearl Harbor (Sand Island CG Base) 7-4-17.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2017 3:58pm EDT) : Did anyone notice that the Keel of SSN 753 is being laid before SSN 752? What’s that all about?
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2017 3:57pm EDT) : he home made brownies somehow always disappear quickly at the USS New Jersey Chapter meetings. In previous meetings a retired Coast Guard cook was reported to have been seen stuffing them into his pockets for the drive home.I know we have several USCS members in this region who have not attended before. Well, if you like fresh brownies, that’s a great reason to attend, second is the naval covers provided through Stew Milstein with a new batch of “circuit” covers. USCS member and dealer Howie Tiffner might also be there with a few boxes. So, how about you?
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2017 3:10pm EDT) : Next hurtle: While away I got an email from the Honolulu HI post office asking if I was having the pictorial made for the Commissioning of the USS John Finn DDG 113 on July 15 (at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam). I have been trying to shift the costs of these postmarks to the USPS, as the cost had significantly gone up in the past two years (doubled) and it was breaking the chapters bank. I have almost achieved that goal, except for Honolulu. So, today that pictorial was ordered. It may be a week or more before it is in Honolulu but better late then never.
  • Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2017 3:04pm EDT) : New hurtle. Galveston TX is doing a “line dance” about their ignoring the proposed Commissioning postmark for the USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS LCS 10 (June 10, 2017). After several emails asking why the proposed postmark was not in the PB, the folks in Galveston PO lined up for a “line dance” about the cancel. First, they said it was not considered because my letter said they were not requested at the ceremony. They were told that this is standard and that they can waive attendance. No reply came on that issue. Then they explained to the USPS Regional customer services folks that since the event had passed no one would want it anyway, so it would not be issued. All of this came several months after the pictorial was submitted. I notified them that they had violated PO 230 (their rules on following up on pictorial requests), that they must notify the requester of the approval or denial when they got the request. Seems they didn’t know that was the protocol for them to follow. The district customer services person got very defensive during a phone call telling me that they couldn’t know all these regulations. I ended that phone call telling her that I expected the postmark to be made available, and I know that it fell on deft ears. I have contacted the USPS Cancellations Division in Kansas City for advice on this cancel. There is no doubt in my mind that the folks in Galveston simply ignored the request and are now backtracking (did you ever see Texans’ doing a line dance)?
  • guest_8594 / Rich Hoffner (05 Jul 2017 2:46pm EDT) : OK, it was me!
  • guest_8594 (05 Jul 2017 2:45pm EDT) : Back from the Aloha State and facing a deluge of mail to wade through. Also read a news release/blog mentioning public officials of the State of Oregon are not attending, mentions a Keel Laying ceremony date for USS OREGON SSN 793 as 7-8-17 at North Kingstown RI 02852 (Postmaster, 7715 Post Rd.). Same article stated no officials from Oregon attended the naming ceremony. Can that be so? Well, not so. Perhaps the writer should have checked as the mayor of Portland OR was there with other officials. Don’t believe all you read. The ceremony will be “live cast” by EB at 9:45 AM (ET). Sponsor will be Dana L. Richardson.
  • John Young (05 Jul 2017 1:59pm EDT) : Looking forward to the New Jersey Chapter tomorrow night at Phil Schreiber’s apartment.See Phil’s column in July Log, page 26
    for address. Time 7:30 PM
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (03 Jul 2017 10:32pm EDT) : All Chapter Leaders–I am preparing an 85th Anniversary issue of the Log for October.

    I need articles from each chapter on their history to be included in the issue.

    I have the history of the New Jersey chapters now.

    How about your Chapter?

  • esink (03 Jul 2017 2:03pm EDT) : Interesting, Larry…Is that USNI info available on a website?
  • LBBrennan (03 Jul 2017 10:34am EDT) : Interesting article about mail and letters in current issue of Navy History by USNI and a post WW I Red Cross post card. We really have a broader audience if we can break into the general interest naval fanaticos.
  • LBBrennan (03 Jul 2017 10:32am EDT) : Guest why trashed. USN use of German stamps not permitted.
  • esink (02 Jul 2017 2:57pm EDT) : In case anybody is wondering, I am guest_6808…
  • guest_6808 (02 Jul 2017 2:55pm EDT) : Emails sound like GREAT fun, John…Get this; just received two covers (apparently sent originally for FREE markings) from USS PHILLIPPINE SEA with used cancelled German stamps taped to the envelope…ship’s cachet and cancel dtd JUN 6, 2011…YES, 2011 included. Both passed through the mail successfully and have been trashed.
  • John Young (01 Jul 2017 1:36pm EDT) : Time to start collecting emails, as this method of communication has killed the post office and saved the trees- you don’t need envelopes & stamps to send emails.Can we put cachets on emails?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (30 Jun 2017 6:27pm EDT) : Neal – None of the pictorials received… add the NY Fleet Week to the list of pictorials not being received. Covers for Indiania and NY Fleet Week are being sold in the July LOG though.
  • guest_PHIL SCHREIBER (30 Jun 2017 5:46pm EDT) : The decline in the return of navy covers is related to the USS FITZGERALD incident: NOBODY IS PAYING ATTENTION TO ANYBODY ELSE! People are too busy looking for a fast fix from their IPHONES and whatever they are being offered by cyberspace providers. We who care about such things are as old fashioned as spats.
  • LBBrennan (30 Jun 2017 3:27pm EDT) : The decline in returns is the result of a number of factors not just the disestablishment of the PC rating. It began before 9/11 but the operational tempo and obsession with security plus fear of the use of mail to transmit poisons have hurt our hobby. We failed to communicate our purpose and confer with the navy postal community. Also, people just don’t write letters frequently.
  • Neal Mills (30 Jun 2017 1:18pm EDT) : Has anyone received their PCU Indiana (SSN789) Christening covers from Newport News, or USS Mississippi (SSN782) 5th Anniversary covers from Pascagoula, or USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS10) Commissioning covers from Galveston?
  • Roger Wentworth (30 Jun 2017 6:02am EDT) : When I first started sending off for ship cancellations in the late 80’s, I got back nearly 100% of what I sent out. Now, I am getting back about 50%. This decline in covers returned all started when the PC rating was done away with. What a crying shame!!! Also, of the covers that I do get back about a quarter of them have really crappy cancels or dates other than what I asked for. I have not gotten a cover back from a submarine now in over a year. If what I am being told is true, a lot of COPEs on the smaller ships will not do collector’s covers and just throw them away.
    I just got back three sets of covers this week from the USS America that I mailed out over two years ago. The new COPE found them tucked away in a desk drawer with other collectors covers during field day. Also got some covers back from USS Roosevelt DDG-80 that I sent out two years ago for St. Patrick’s Day cancels cancelled on SPD 2017…also found during field day. So, at least I do get a few of my missing covers back.
  • esink (29 Jun 2017 4:28pm EDT) : Also, NAV STA Norfolk 100th Anniversary should possibly have some cancels available…http://wtkr.com/2017/06/26/naval-station-norfolk-largest-navy-base-in-the-world-turns-100/
  • LBBrennan (29 Jun 2017 3:58pm EDT) : Elgin, Sorry I missed that. Also it is the 50th anniversary of the loss of Scorpion soon. Sad day. Best, Larry
  • esink (29 Jun 2017 1:37pm EDT) : Big event for “Canada 150″…First time I heard about the USN participation; did anybody have covers out?http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=101247
  • LBBrennan (28 Jun 2017 5:10pm EDT) : it is painful to watch the declining rate of return. I have been doing this 50 years and have some early note books from the covers sent during the Vietnam era. Much higher rate of return. It was easier when we just had FPO NY and FPO SF.We really owe a great vote of thanks to the members who saved our hobby with Pictorial cancels. It is the best source of naval type cancels. We should do a LOG article about this important development over the past 10-15 years. I don’t want to leave out people deserving of credit but a few regular NJ Chapter members, Phil
    Schreiber and Rich Hoffner, along with director Greg C, have been at the forefront along with Wolfgang and others. I cannot express my admiration for the foresight and hard work that has created a new and only reliable source of covers for naval postmark collectors. Thanks all and write the story for the LOG and posterity.
  • LBBrennan (28 Jun 2017 5:05pm EDT) : Great July LOG ahead of the first of the month. Been quiet here. Need to focus on a few cover related things. The USS Fitzgerald collision with MV ACX Crystal has taken some time for the past few weeks. A sad collision.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (27 Jun 2017 9:25pm EDT) : NEEDED: A scanned copy or original copy of Nuclear Ships Chapter #61 Newsletter Issue #1 from April 1962.
    This is the last missing issue in order to have a complete archive of the Chapter #61 Newsletters. Original copy will be scanned and returned to owner. Or send a PDF scanned copy by email.
    Please contact Arthur Cole at artcole@att.net or call 256-842-0233 (days) or 256-882-9951 (evenings).Can you help Art Cole with this project?

    My copies started with Issue #2.

    The first Issue is the only one missing that has not been scanned for the series.

  • esink (27 Jun 2017 2:23pm EDT) : Did anybody get any covers back directly from the participating ships during NY Fleet Week?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (26 Jun 2017 10:44pm EDT) : Anyone get USS Indiana christening covers or NY Fleet Week? I see some are for sale in the July LOG. How were these received?
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (26 Jun 2017 9:10pm EDT) : 300 + eLOGs for July have been sent out tonight.Paper LOG was mailed today.
  • Neal Mills (26 Jun 2017 7:46pm EDT) : Received my Mississippi 5th anniversary covers from Groton today. Very nice cancellations.
  • Neal Mills (26 Jun 2017 2:36pm EDT) : I’m still waiting for my Indiana christening covers and my Mississippi 5th anniversary covers from Groton and Pascagoula.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (26 Jun 2017 1:52pm EDT) : L Venne received his INDIANA christening covers back from Newport News. He has them for sale on page 30 of July LOG.July LOG will be sent today. eLOG tonight
  • esink (25 Jun 2017 11:05pm EDT) : Thanks, Thad…also, never knew that was the issue with the TR delay…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Jun 2017 8:52pm EDT) : USS George Washington CVN 73 is undergoing yard work, not sure if post office is operational. It maybe like USS TR when it was in the yard during their anniversary. They serviced covers months and months after the event when the PO was back open.
  • esink (25 Jun 2017 8:17pm EDT) : …and don’t forget about 25 YEARS in COMMISSION on 7/4–USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN-73 (short time left however).
  • Neal Mills (25 Jun 2017 2:35pm EDT) : Thad – LOL, I logged on to ask the same question about Indiana christening covers. It has been almost two months and I haven’t received mine back either.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Jun 2017 12:46pm EDT) : Remember – USS John Finn DDG 113 – Comm. – July 15; USS Rafael Peralta DDG 115 – Comm. – July 29; USS Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 – Comm. – July 22 (or earlier); USS Washington SSN 787 – Comm. – Oct. 7.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (25 Jun 2017 12:41pm EDT) : I haven’t had anything new to report. Anyone get USS Indiana back from Newport News?
  • Neal Mills (25 Jun 2017 11:23am EDT) : Is everyone on vacation?
  • esink (25 Jun 2017 10:35am EDT) : It has NOW been six(6) days since any posts…(my 2 posts don’t count).
  • esink (22 Jun 2017 6:47am EDT) : Good Morning: This is to break the losing streak of NO posts in three (3) days…
  • John Young (19 Jun 2017 9:22am EDT) : Found s bunch of treasures at last New Jersey Chapter meeting, mostly post- WW2 Destroyer Escorts & one 1949 CGC MENDOTA (WPG 69) m.c. 4 AUG 1949 Wilmington NC
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Jun 2017 2:30pm EDT) : Q. Is it possible to have the missing posts archived? Last time an outage happened, the posts were archived and that cleared up the glitch. Was there a different problem this time?
  • RIch Hoffner (17 Jun 2017 2:27pm EDT) : Error in Log. I have an anniversary cover for DC#4 in the Log for JEFFERSON CITY, but the Log says it is Decommissioning. It is not. Sorry for any inconvenience. Many have sent orders and I have returned them.
  • RIch Hoffner (17 Jun 2017 2:25pm EDT) : I have some skinny that the FDC may go a week earlier. But, Commissioning Committee still lists 7-22-17.
  • esink (16 Jun 2017 11:04pm EDT) : more detailed info on the USS FITZGERALD DDG-62 collision: https://news.usni.org/2017/06/16/destroyer-uss-fitzgerald-collides-japanese-merchant-ship
  • esink (16 Jun 2017 10:51pm EDT) : Thanks for the info, Neal…a good reminder to send covers soon.
  • esink (16 Jun 2017 10:49pm EDT) : Info about today’s USS FITZGERALD collision with a Philippines container ship; http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=101080
  • Neal Mills (16 Jun 2017 6:20pm EDT) : Noticed today that the Commissioning Committee’s web site is now listing July 22, 2017 as the commissioning date for PCU GERALD R. FORD.
  • Rich H (16 Jun 2017 1:42pm EDT) : My bad! Elgin you may be correct and all that data gone, nothing archived between Apr 1 and June 12. Not sure what happened to those posts? Not sure if those posts have crashed or if they are recoverable.We should try to get an answer to what happened, if the posts are still recoverable and how we can prevent this in the future?

    Many come aboard and scroll through the posts to learn of new ship cancels. That data seems to be lost for now.

  • Rich H (16 Jun 2017 1:35pm EDT) : Large turnout last night at home of Phil Schreiber for the USS New Jersey Chapter meeting. Thanks Phil for your hospitality and for hosting the Quakers from Pennsylvania! Hundreds of covers changed hands. Thanks to Stew Milstein for supplying a large number of circuit covers and to Howard Tiffner for bringing several boxes of covers for us to “finger” through.
  • Rich H (16 Jun 2017 1:29pm EDT) : There should be an archive of posts somewhere on this site.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (15 Jun 2017 2:46pm EDT) : Site is up after a few days down..great. Covers received over the past few days – USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CVN 69 – June 8, 2017 – Unit # and ships name – excellent cancel but date somewhat light, USS SHILOH CG 67 – May 23, 2017 – excellent cancel – Unit # 100149 – no ships name in cancel, USS MILIUS DDG 69 – big messy blob on both covers – terrible, but it was returned.
  • esink (15 Jun 2017 1:38pm EDT) : Thanks, Steve…guess we can no longer see previous postings anywhere, right?
  • Neal Mills (15 Jun 2017 10:32am EDT) : Glad to see Chat back.
  • John Young (15 Jun 2017 5:49am EDT) : Just checking before tonight’s Jersey Chapter meeting, Phil’s apartment at 7:30 PM. Should be a fun night!
  • USCS (13 Jun 2017 10:15pm EDT) : Welcome to the USCS Chat from Steve Shay
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