For several years, our website featured a USCS member each month with a short article. Most of these were written by Steve Shay. We have had, and still do have, remarkable members, with significant stories of fascinating endeavors and encounters. This collection of Member of the Month articles documents their stories, and their noteworthy accomplishments.
Otto Helgren, USCS #L-167 USCS member and dealer Douglas Weisz (#11657) recently mentioned to Paul Helman that member Otto Helgren was possibly the oldest living USCS member at 100 years
Gill, John E.
John E. Gill, USCS #H-39 This obituary first appeared in the September 1981 issue of the USCS Log: “John E. Gill, USCS #H-39, passed away on July 19, 1981 at
Koeppen, Howard C.
Howard C. Koeppen, USCS #3820 This obituary first appeared in the October 1976 issue of the USCS Log: “Howard C. Koeppen, age 65, died on August 19, 1976, at Divine
Jim Smith, USCS #5861 Jim is one of our members who is both a collector and a dealer. You may recognize his business name of Pack-Rat Covers. He’s helped
Jim Russell, USCS #H-692 The name Jim Russell is surely well known to long term members of USCS. To those who have joined after 1992, the name may not be
Steve Henderson, USCS #9941 by Steve Henderson My folks gave me a “Little Golden Book” stamp album for my sixth birthday. That started it all. Over the years I have
John Blair, USCS #11,840 John fits at least some of profile of a typical member. He hasn’t authored a naval cover catalog, hasn’t prepared thousands of cachets, doesn’t belong to
Thomas, Jesse Burgess
Jesse Burgess Thomas, USCS #1012 Exhibitors at the USCS conventions will recognize the name of the Jesse Burgess Thomas Memorial Award, the award presented for the most outstanding exhibit of
Don McPherson, USCS #4727 As a member of the USS Saginaw Chapter, I have heard the name Don McPherson probably since attending my very first chapter meeting. Don joined USCS
Alex Hesse, USCS #H-163 Most members have probably heard of Alex Hesse; he sponsored or service dozens of covers and printed hundreds of covers for others over approximately a 40
Michael Hebert, USCS #7913 I was born a Navy brat on 4 February 1956 at Chelsea Naval Hospital, Massachusetts. My father MMC Antione Hebert retired in the early 1970s as
Arrington, Alton M. “Budd”
Alton M. “Budd” Arrington, USCS #7105 by Rich Hoffner USCS H 4456 Alton M. Arrington aka Budd Arrington was educated at Girard College in Philadelphia PA. In WWII he served
St. John, Raymond
Raymond St. John, USCS #H-1376 USCS members may recognize the name Ray St. John and recognize this as the name of a USCS service award. Some may even know the
Matthews, Robert W.
Robert W. Matthews, USCS #H-65 Robert W. Matthews was one of the early members of USCS, joining in March 1932 and receiving member number 65. He was sponsored by John
Hale, Joseph M.
Joseph M. Hale, USCS #H-40 Many of us who are collecting naval covers today use the “Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks” as their reference and bible for information about
Dowle, Alfred H.
Alfred H. Dowle, USCS #H-1609 Alfred Dowle joined the USCS in June 1939 as member #1609, sponsored by John Haag (#92). His address was listed as Washington, DC at the