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USCS Annual Awards

 At its 1991 meeting, the USCS Directors established an awards program for both long and short term contributions. There were two special awards for lifetime service/contribution: Ray St. John and Hall of Fame, which are to be considered by other committees. Click here for more information nominations for the Ray and Helen St. John Award or here for more information on nominations for the USCS Hall of Fame.

At the same time three annual service type awards were established for contributions in the year or two before the nomination to be considered by this committee. Nominations for all awards should be made in writing to the chair with justification for the nomination.


York Briddell Award, named for the founder of the Society, for excellence in leadership in organizational work, recruiting and promotion, either at the national level or for chapters or study groups.


Walter Crosby Award, named for the noted cachet sponsor, for excellence in developing and producing cacheted covers.


Joseph Hale Award, named for the founder and first editor of the Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks, for excellence in research on different aspects of the hobby.


Stan Honeyman Award, named for Stanton Honeyman, Editor of the USCS Log from 1981 to 1984. Initially this award was for the “best article in a 12 issue volume; in 1998 modified for the best naval/maritime historical article and the best article on postal markings/documentation. In 2003, the board approved a third award for special (not defined) contributions if selected by the committee. This award was first given in 2004.

Recipients receive a certificate and a $25 check  presented at the convention General membership meeting. The awards are also announced in the Log.



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