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Online Chat Archives – September 2019 – December 2019


  • John Young (07 Jan 2020 5:08am EST) : Hard copy of January Log arrived in lower Hudson Valley yesterday and I’m looking forward to New Jersey Chapter meeting tonight.
  • Elgin Sink (06 Jan 2020 3:57pm EST) : My “periodical rate” January Log was received today in “central” PA and agree that it is another great issue.
  • Rich Hoffner (03 Jan 2020 8:32pm EST) : First Class Log arrived in the Indian Valley of SE PA today. Great issue again.
  • Rich Hoffner (02 Jan 2020 9:41pm EST) : LCDR Chris Jasnoch, USCG will be bringing the USCGC WALNUT WLB 205 from Honolulu HI to Curtis Bay MD (USCG Yard) for a complete overhaul. He departs Jan 15. There will be a pictorial aboard for the departure. No pictorial at Honolulu post office, so DO NOT send there. Repeat, don’t send to the Honolulu PO. Send up to 3 covers to LCDR Jasnoch, USCG, Commanding Officer, USCGC WALNUT WLB 205. 400 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu HI 96818. He might be able to do covers for the Panama Canal transit and arrival at Baltimore. DO IT QUICKLY, they depart on January 15th. Arrival in Baltimore expected on 16 February. LCDR will assume command of USCGC JUNIPER WLB 201 in the fall.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Dec 2019 3:36pm EST) : 360+ January 2020 eLOGs have been sent to members who requested the service.

    Richard Jones

  • Steven W Shay (27 Dec 2019 11:56am EST) : Elgin, good thought on Rubinsky’s and ANCS but they weren’t members there either.
  • john macco (25 Dec 2019 9:11am EST) : I just got a return from the Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) cachet and cancel clear but cachet was put right under postmark.
  • Elgin Sink (24 Dec 2019 7:11pm EST) : I just bought a copy of the December “Naval History” magazine because it has an interesting article “Misfit Ships on China’s Great River” by Dr James R. Holmes about the Yangtze Patrol experience in the early 20th century. Referenced in the article is Admiral Kemp Tolley’s book
    “Yangtze Patrol” which is in my book collection…interesting reading for anybody that collects covers from this era.
  • Elgin Sink (23 Dec 2019 8:21pm EST) : Is it possible that the Rubinsky’s did covers with the ANCS?
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Dec 2019 9:54pm EST) : According to member Leonhard Venne, he cancelled his JFK covers at Newport News. So, do not send to Norfolk, the cancel is at Newport News where it was submitted, the Postal Bulletin is in error.
  • Steven W Shay (21 Dec 2019 1:04pm EST) : Peter, they were not members.
  • guest_7819 (21 Dec 2019 11:13am EST) : I am looking for information on Edward Rubinsky or Lewis Rubinsky. Either may have been USCC members in the 1930s and may have worked with Michael Sanders and John C. von Losberg in creating printed cachets for ship cancelled covers (such as for 772 and 776).
    Were either of them USCC members?

    Thank you for your help.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Peter LaPlaca

  • Elgin Sink (19 Dec 2019 2:07pm EST) : Thanks, John, for that info…already sent covers to the Seattle address and to the FPO address I have used in the past…hope you and your family also have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  • John Young (19 Dec 2019 10:45am EST) : Elgin,
    I believe incoming mail to Seattle will be forwarded to ship, as I sent my request several days after she left. They will pick up mail, at McMurdo

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

  • Elgin Sink (17 Dec 2019 11:25pm EST) : Disregard previous post, John…possible slight typo error left me confused.
  • Elgin Sink (17 Dec 2019 10:31am EST) : John, then is it too late to send covers now to the POLAR STAR for proper processing this season?
  • John Young (16 Dec 2019 6:37pm EST) : USCGC POLAR STAR departed last week for her annual deployment to the frozen continent. Sent covers to her mailing address in Seattle

    1519 Alaskan Way, South
    Seattle WA 98134

  • Rich Hoffner (11 Dec 2019 7:35am EST) : Did anyone send for the LCS commissioning pictorial at Gulfport MS? Nothj g back here.
  • Rich Hoffner (11 Dec 2019 7:33am EST) : Im thinking the PB announcement is in error…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (08 Dec 2019 9:49am EST) : The pictorial listed in the Postal Bulletin lists the USS JFK CVN 79 christening as Newport News, VA in the pictorial, that is correct. The send to address is Postmaster, PO Box 719, Norfolk, VA 23501-9998. Is Norfolk issuing the pictorial instead of Newport News? The event location is different than the send to location. Which is correct???
  • Rich Hoffner (07 Dec 2019 2:26pm EST) : Surprised that no Pearl Harbor Day pictorials are listed in the latest Postal Bulletin.
  • Elgin Sink (04 Dec 2019 5:19pm EST) : Future USS JFK CVN 79 carrier to be christened on this Saturday, Dec 7: https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=111590
  • Elgin Sink (03 Dec 2019 11:05pm EST) : 2020 Navy Weekend Program announced:
  • Steve Shay (28 Nov 2019 2:03pm EST) : Randy, in 1918, the Receiving Ship at Guantanamo was a land based building, no ship involved. I don’t know about the rarity.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (27 Nov 2019 6:33pm EST) : Man on man…. I remember sending commissioning covers to these ships…50 yrs, 45 yrs, 40 yrs etc ago… wow how time has flown by and times changed.
  • Rich Hoffner (26 Nov 2019 7:35pm EST) : List of 2020 Anniversaries courtesy Wolfgang Hechler
    50 years:

    USS BLUE RIDGE LCC-19 14.11.1970

    45 years:
    USS NIMITZ CVN-68 03.05.1975

    40 years:
    USS FRANK CABLE AS-40 05.02.1980

    35 years:
    USS WHIDBEY ISLAND LSD-41 09.02.1985
    USS ALABAMA SSBN-731 25.05.1985
    USS PROVIDENCE SSN-719 27.07.1985
    USS PITTSBURGH SSN-720 23.11.1985

    30 years:
    USS COMSTOCK LSD-45 03.02.1990
    USS ALBANY SSN-753 07.04.1990
    USS MONTEREY CG-61 16.06.1990
    USS DEVASTATOR MCM-06 06.10.1990
    USS WEST VIRGINIA SSBN-736 20.10.1990
    USS TORTUGA LSD-46 17.11.1990
    USS SCOUT MCM-08 15.12.1990

    25 years:
    USS HARPERS FERRY LSD-49 07.01.1995
    USS CHINOOK PC-09 28.01.1995
    USS BOXER LHD-04 11.02.1995
    USS TOLEDO SSN-769 24.02.1995
    USS LABOON DDG-0058 18.03.1995
    USS RUSSELL DDG-0059 20.05.1995
    USS PAUL HAMILTON DDG-0060 27.05.1995
    USS FIREBOLT PC-10 10.06.1995
    USS WHIRLWIND PC-11 01.07.1995
    USS RAMAGE DDG-0061 22.07.1995
    USS MAINE SSBN-741 29.07.1995
    USS TUCSON SSN-770 09.09.1995
    USS CARTER HALL LSD-50 30.09.1995
    USS THUNDERBOLT PC-12 07.10.1995
    USS COLUMBIA SSN-771 09.10.1995
    USS FITZGERALD DDG-0062 14.10.1995
    USS STETHEM DDG-0063 21.10.1995
    USS JOHN C. STENNIS CVN-74 09.12.1995

    20 years:
    USS TORNADO PC-14 24.06.2000
    USS OSCAR AUSTIN DDG-0079 19.08.2000
    USS ROOSEVELT DDG-0080 14.10.2000

    15 years:
    USS JIMMY CARTER SSN-023 19.02.2005
    USS NITZE DDG-0094 05.03.2005
    SEA FIGHTER FSF-1 05-31-05 (Delivered to USN)
    USS HALSEY DDG-0097 30.07.2005
    USS BAINBRIDGE DDG-0096 12.11.2005

    10 years:
    USS INDEPENDENCE LCS-02 16.01.2010
    USS DEWEY DDG-0105 06.03.2010
    USS NEW MEXICO SSN-779 27.03.2010
    USS MISSOURI SSN-780 31.07.2010
    USS JASON DUNHAM DDG-0109 13.11.2010
    USS GRAVELY DDG-0107 20.11.2010

    5 years:
    USS JOHN WARNER SSN-785 01.08.2015
    USS MILWAUKEE LCS-05 21.11.2015
    USS JACKSON LCS-06 05.12.2015

  • Rich Hoffner (19 Nov 2019 11:44am EST) : Per Greg C: According to Wikipedia, USCGC Cape Florida WPB 95325 was decommissioned 28 October 1958 then sent to South Korea 13 November 1968 as PB 7; struck 1971. Thanks, Greg
  • Randy PEnce (18 Nov 2019 10:49pm EST) : What was the station ship at Guantanamo in 1918, and how rare are the cancels from this ahip?



  • Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2019 4:58pm EST) : Can any one shine light on a cover from ORV CAPE FLORIDA (Universality of Miami) dated 1983? Was she the former USCGC CAPE FLORIDA WPB 95325?
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2019 4:55pm EST) : Thanks Master Chief. That would be why the covers returned.
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (18 Nov 2019 4:20pm EST) : DANIEL INOUYE DDG 118 was just recently floated out at Bath Iron Works.
    She is a long way off from being commissioned.
  • Rich Hoffner (18 Nov 2019 4:07pm EST) : Got a “nixie” back from DANIEL INOUYE DDG 118. These went to FPO AP 96691. White label with Return to Sender hand indicating – Invalid Or Closed Military Designated Unit Or Zip Code.
  • Elgin Sink (17 Nov 2019 1:55pm EST) : sorry about that Delbert Black posting…NOT so recent.
  • Elgin Sink (17 Nov 2019 1:52pm EST) : Here is interesting info on recent pier-side damage to the DELBERT D BLACK DDG 119: https://news.usni.org/2019/03/30/destroyer-struck-barge-pier-side-incident-ingalls-shipbuilding
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (17 Nov 2019 11:53am EST) : Rich/Neal – Same here with DDG 119. My covers were returned last week also using the 09583 zip code. Not sure what the correct zip is or if it is correct why it was rejected. If you guys find out please post here/facebook.
  • Rich Hoffner (17 Nov 2019 11:26am EST) : Neal, that is the second address I used. First was AE 34087. Now both given a white “hand” label telling me that there is no such military address. Over that is the USPS yellow “nixie” label. I thinking DDG 119 is not presently servicing covers.
  • Neal Mills (17 Nov 2019 10:26am EST) : Rich Hoffner – The November 1st Navy SNDL lists the address as:

    UNIT 100347 BOX 1
    FPO AE 09583

  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2019 9:14pm EST) : Anyone know the present address of Delbert Black DDG 119. My covers rejected twice so I must have a bad FPO address.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2019 9:03pm EST) : Anyone sending to a foreign ship, try writing a note in English and clip and paste it into Google translate. Should work. Won’t be exact but better then nothing.
  • Rich Hoffner (16 Nov 2019 9:00pm EST) : Cover of the month brings back many memories. Most notable was a survivor of the INDIANAPOLIS spoke at the convention.
  • Elgin Sink (12 Nov 2019 3:27pm EST) : John Macco…Please disregard my last post requesting your email address…I found it right here on the chat page.
  • Elgin Sink (12 Nov 2019 2:01pm EST) : No problem, John…but can you please send me your email address again…
  • john macco (12 Nov 2019 10:19am EST) : Elgin- How did you word the letter of request to the russian ship? You can email me directly.
  • Mike Meister (09 Nov 2019 12:21pm EST) : Just checking in. Hope everyone has a great Veterans Day.
  • Elgin Sink (08 Nov 2019 1:38pm EST) : Here’s interesting info about the future USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CVN 79), and its official seal unveiling: https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=111370
  • john macco (03 Nov 2019 6:00am EST) : November Log great issue. The USCS has a great asset in our editor.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Nov 2019 5:25pm EDT) : Anyone have a DECOMMISSIONING cover at Puget Sound Navy Yard in December 1969 for USS NEW JERSEY BB62? Not LDPS, just LDC.
  • Rich Hoffner (01 Nov 2019 5:23pm EDT) : I have nearly a complete set of Logs. Not a day goes by that I tell myself that i need to recycle them. Would free up space for covers.
  • guest_1171 (31 Oct 2019 12:52pm EDT) : I have stacks of U.S.C.S Logs in black and white that date back to 2002? Do people collect these or should I recycle them?
  • BMCM JONES 3933 (30 Oct 2019 10:56pm EDT) : November 2019 eLOG file has been sent to members requesting the service.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (28 Oct 2019 3:02pm EDT) : John/Elgin – Yes, USS Chancellorsville has serviced collectors mail for me some months ago. Like Elgin said, hope the COPE reads your request properly.
  • Elgin Sink (27 Oct 2019 11:24pm EDT) : John, I forgot about the USS Chancellorsville until I saw your post and will send covers tomorrow; ‘hope they get to the ship on time…sounds like no time was taken by the LS to read your request.
  • john macco (26 Oct 2019 3:28pm EDT) : Has anybody received a collectible cancel from the USS Chancellorsville I sent covers to be cancelled on the 30th anniversary of commissioning which was 11-4-19. My covers were not cancelled on the front but the rubber stamp crest and 4 bar cancel dated 11-1-19 was put on the back of the covers.
  • Rich Hoffner (24 Oct 2019 3:07pm EDT) : Todays Postal Bulletin shows pictorials for USS INDIANAPOLIS Commissioning and USCGC SMILAX 75th anniversary.
  • Rich Hoffner (24 Oct 2019 2:56pm EDT) : Elgin, got it. Will do a Log article on four cancels for FDC on Paul Ignatius. Cachet was found by SUPPO. Hopefully now in use.
  • Elgin Sink (22 Oct 2019 2:28pm EDT) : Rich/’Sending the IGNATIUS scan with the ships four bar hand cancel, but after receiving this in second try, ‘was advised no ship cachet was available at that time.
  • Rich Hoffner (22 Oct 2019 12:06pm EDT) : Did anyone get a Commissioning cover from PAL IGNATIUS with the ships four bar hand cancel, without an over-cancel? Need a copy for an article. Thanks, Rich
  • john macco (21 Oct 2019 6:50pm EDT) : Cover had letter from CO inside
  • john macco (21 Oct 2019 6:48pm EDT) : Got a nice cover return from the USCGC Walnut that Rich Hoffner serviced. Cover had corner card, cachet and signature of CO. I think cover was posted on facebook page already.
  • Skip Eckel (19 Oct 2019 7:12pm EDT) : It’s not letting me put in his area code. so maybe someone could fax it to him at akonline@hotmail.com
  • Skip Eckel (19 Oct 2019 7:09pm EDT) : Allen Klein fax number is (818) 990-2706. It didn’t look like it came out correctly in my last post.
  • Skip Eckel (19 Oct 2019 7:08pm EDT) : Also Allen Klein was in the hospital, had surgery and got home yesterday. He called me and is looking for the first page of the auction in the September log. I don’t have mine anymore. If anyone has a copy of that he is looking to see if he can get that faxed to him at (818) 990-2706. Thanks if anyone can do that.
  • Skip Eckel (19 Oct 2019 7:04pm EDT) : Thad Thanks for your response, I will probably get those cds.
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (19 Oct 2019 9:55am EDT) : Skip Eckel – Do you have the CD’s of USCS Bulletins and Logs ? The info you are looking for is on Volume 1 Bulletins October 15, 1932 thru December 15, 1979. These CD’s are worth having.
  • Skip Eckel (18 Oct 2019 9:00pm EDT) : Does anyone know how I can find Bulletin #24, September 30, 1933? I’ve been looking for about 1/2 hour so far. Thanks
  • John Young (16 Oct 2019 4:29pm EDT) : Thanks, Elgin. Will try next summer or
    maybe Xmas markings

    Have a great Halloween!

  • Elgin Sink (15 Oct 2019 3:46pm EDT) : John: Mailing address is:
    183017 MURMANSK,

    I sent a scan to Alan and copied you in the email but your part of the email was rejected. This address was probably provided originally by Phil Schreiber…My second cover from the cutter was uncollectible.

  • John Young (15 Oct 2019 2:37pm EDT) : Elgin,
    Send copy to Alan Warren for next issue of Ice Cap News. What mailing address did you use? If you get another- I would be interested.
  • Elgin Sink (11 Oct 2019 1:45pm EDT) : New ship is named after PA capital across the Susquehanna River from where I live…Maybe the river will be dredged so the ship can be commissioned here. (-;
  • guest_4673 (10 Oct 2019 1:55pm EDT) : hi,
    how much it cost ?
  • Elgin Sink (09 Oct 2019 8:37pm EDT) : Thad…too late to get any covers to USS Princeton CG 59 for the event anyhow…maybe next year.
  • Elgin Sink (09 Oct 2019 7:06pm EDT) : Nice cover received today from Murmansk-based Russian Nuclear Icebreaker I/B 50 LET POBEDY with nice cachet and markings including Master Captain D. Lobusov’s signature. The covers were sent to the ship in January 2018 so this is a great return because very little has been received from other foreign ships…
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (09 Oct 2019 3:37pm EDT) : Elgin – USS Somerset LPD 25 and USS Princeton CG 59 are the only two Navy ships with post offices and LPD 25 rarely services mail. CG 59 would be your only hope. I’m saving my money and not sending to any ship.
  • Elgin Sink (09 Oct 2019 12:45pm EDT) : Does anybody have covers being processed for San Francisco Fleet Week?https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=111121
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (04 Oct 2019 2:49pm EDT) : Rich you asked if I ever received both Walnut pictorials or those for the commission of Midgett or Kimball from Honolulu and the answer is no… nothing. I wrote several polite letters to the Chris individual you mentioned that was handling the misplacement of covers and I never heard back from him. I did not send for William Hart FDC in Honolulu.
  • Elgin Sink (01 Oct 2019 1:40pm EDT) : …and received mine yesterday too in central PA Harrisburg area…
  • John Young (01 Oct 2019 1:22am EDT) : Hard copy arrived today in lower Hudson Valley.
  • Elgin Sink (29 Sep 2019 12:55pm EDT) : OCT eLog was just received with a nice variety of articles…
  • john macco (29 Sep 2019 8:18am EDT) : Have eLogs been sent out yet? I see some members have received print Log.
  • Elgin Sink (24 Sep 2019 4:49pm EDT) : Rich, maybe some of our Baltimore area members can shed some light on possible BALPEX locations for 2020.
  • Elgin Sink (24 Sep 2019 3:16pm EDT) : After recently re-sending covers for 30th Commissioning Anniversary to USS WASP LHD 1 because of bad processing, I received the covers today back-dated to JUL 29 2019 very nicely done.
  • Rich Hoffner (24 Sep 2019 2:05pm EDT) : A note on BALPEX. I and two other chapter members attended. We came away with an agreement that we would not go back next year. And I overheard a conversation that 2020 is their last year in Hunt Valley. The inn is scheduled for renovations and they will have to find a new venue for the 2021 show. I believe the USCS is scheduled to meet with BALPEX in 2021. Any updates on where yet?
  • Rich Hoffner (24 Sep 2019 1:59pm EDT) : My letter of request includes my email address in the letterhead. No one has ever contacted me via email from the Navy. You were lucky that one mail clerk took extra time with your request. Few and far between these days.
  • Rich Hoffner (24 Sep 2019 1:58pm EDT) : Thad K asked about the pictorial for USCGC WILLIAM HART WPC 1134 in Honolulu on 9-26-19.

    Thad W. Kaczkowski: I can only admit to submitting the necessary paperwork. Too early to see it in the postal Bulletin but even that does not mean the cancel is being used.

    I saw both Walnut pictorials and the Midgett and Kimball commissioning pictorials in the PB, have any returned yet?

    Next issue of the PB is 9-26-19, perhaps that will be a hint that it was approved.

  • guest_250 (23 Sep 2019 10:44am EDT) : I am a dealer/appraiser and have a small collection of ship covers (all US ships) that a client wants to sell or donate. Can you give me some sources that she might contact?
  • john macco (23 Sep 2019 8:16am EDT) : My email address is on my letterhead which allowed the COPE to contact me if he had any questions. The signature on the email I received included what looks like a phone number. What is said was DSN (315)243-3167 Can anybody tell me what this number is?
  • Elgin Sink (22 Sep 2019 1:42pm EDT) : Emails included with cover letters to ships could be a good process to follow making sure that covers sent to the ships were received and not just stuffed away somewhere.
  • Rich Hoffner (21 Sep 2019 6:12pm EDT) : Only five posts in September?
  • Thad W. Kaczkowski (21 Sep 2019 12:58pm EDT) : That was really nice of the COPE on DDG 52. Most would not have bothered. I never had one send me an email but they never had my email address either.
  • john macco (21 Sep 2019 6:21am EDT) : Has anybody ever received an email from the COPE of a ship you sent a cancel request to? I received an email from the COPE from the USS Barry (DDG-52) asking me how I wanted my cover serviced. I replied back to him. I will update this once I get the covers back. The COPE got my email address off my letter of request. He stated my covers will be mailed out first thing this monday.Can anybody tell where the Barry is? I sent the request on May 4, 2019.
  • Mike Meister (18 Sep 2019 8:30pm EDT) : Well done Rich on the USS G. H. W. Bush cachet! My cover arrived yesterday.
  • guest_7731 (18 Sep 2019 12:40pm EDT) : I have a first day cover commemorating the circumnavigation of the globe by the USS Triton and Captain Edward Beach. It includes a letter from Capt Beach describing the voyage and dated 31 March 1960.
  • guest_7207 Ralph Calabrese #11 (09 Sep 2019 1:10pm EDT) : The September USCS Log mentions a USS Missouri first day cover by Reagan Chapter member Phil Dockster.
    Are They for sale and if so how?


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