Data Sheets

USCS Data Sheets

Over the years, Data Sheets on various naval related subjects have been compiled by USCS members.  These are especially helpful for collectors who have a special interest in certain areas, e.g., ships that were present at Pearl Harbor during the attack,  or U.S. submarine losses in WWII.  These Data Sheets have been compiled below, and are available to download.

Note: Printed versions of these publications are available from the USCS Secretary:
          Steve Shay
          747 Shard Ct.
          Fremont CA 94539-7419

1 – US NAVY BRANCH NUMBERS (WWII): Post office Department security numbers assigned to Navy shipboard post offices during WW II, appearing in postmarks. Listing in two parts: Alphabetic and Numeric sequences, (24 pages) Download USN Branch Numbers (WWII) – Data sheet #1 (PDF)

A) U.S. WW II Submarine Losses (with cover scarcity factors)
B) U.S. Peacetime Submarine disasters
C) Operation Crossroads (Atomic Bomb test at Bikini Atoll 1946) Download Operation Crossroads – Data Sheet #2a (PDF)
D) Operation- Highjump- (Antarctic Expedition 1946-1947)
E) Operation Inland Seas (Great Lakes Exercise 1958)
F) U.S. Battleships (Complete list with dates and histories) (22 pages) Download All Ship Listing Data Sheets – Data Sheet #2b (PDF)

3 – NAVY NUMBERS: Secret numbers used in addresses on mail to and from Navy Overseas bases during WW II. Useful in tracing origins of wartime covers. (22 pages) Download Navy Numbers – Data Sheet #3 (PDF)

4 – PEARL HARBOR/TOKYO BAY: Complete listing of all major ships in Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941 and in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on 2 September 1945. (10 pages) Download Pearl Harbor Tokyo Bay – Data Sheet #4 (PDF)

5 – SUBMARINE MISSILE FIRINGS: Complete list of all submerged test missile firings by Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines 1960 to 1991. (sequenced by ship and by date). Also included U.K. SSBNs 1968 to 1986. Revised June 1992. (20 pages) Download Submarine Missile Firings – Data Sheet #5 (PDF)

6 – U.S. FRIGATE CONSTITUTION CRUISE 1931 – 1934: Complete list of all ports of call visited by the U.S. Frigate Constitution on her 1931 – 1934 national cruise. Includes postmark dates. killer bar wordings and quantities of covers for each port. (18 pages) Download U.S. Frigate Constitution Cruise 1931 – 1934 – Data Sheet #6 (PDF)

7 – THE FAMOUS FIFTY: Complete list of the 50 Destroyers traded to Great Britain in the 1940s exchange for bases in the Western Hemisphere. Includes American and British names, notes on which ships were manned by Canadian or Norwegian crews, and those transferred to Russia. (24 pages) Download Famous Fifty – Data Sheet #7 (PDF)

8 – U.S. NAVAL WAR LOSSES OF WWII (Surface Vessels): All known names U.S. Naval vessels lost in action during WW II (excluding submarines). List includes location and cause of loss and dates, (8 pages) Download US Naval War Losses of WWII – Data Sheet #8 (PDF)

9 – VOYAGE OF THE GREAT WHITE FLEET AROUND THE WORLD: Contains an introduction synopsis the historic cruise from 16 December 1907 to 22 February 1909, and a complete itinerary of ports of call by ship. This sheet includes a tract map of the cruise, postmarks from ships and port of call, cruise covers and picture postcards of ships and the Australian Souvenir Set. (32 pages) Download Great White Fleet – Data Sheet #9 (PDF)

10 – AMELIA EARHART SEARCH JULY 1937: Complete list of ships participating in the search for Amelia Earhart. (2 pages) Download Amelia Earhart Search – Data Sheet #10 (PDF)

11 – U.S. NAVY SHIPS LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR I: (Including subsequent Operations until end of 1919). (6 pages) Download Navy Ship Losses WWI – Data Sheet #11 (PDF)

12 – PORT LOCATIONS VISITED BY U.S. SHIPS: Includes both Foreign and Domestic Ports.  This listing documents locations appearing in the killer bars of U.S. Navy Cancels. (25 pages) Download Port Locations Visited by U.S. Ships  – Data Sheet #12 (PDF)

13 – OPERATION END SWEEP: Mine Clearing of Haiphong Harbor by Task Force 78, 6 February 1973 – 18 July 1973. (7 pages) Download Operation End Sweep – Data Sheet #13 (PDF)

14 – NAVAL COVERS AND CANCELS OF THE Xth OLYMPIAD, 1932: (9 pages) Download Covers & Cancels of Xth Olympiad – Data Sheet #14 (PDF)

15 – U.S. NAVAL VESSELS TRANSFERRED TO FOREIGN NAVIES: 3 September 1945 – 31 December 1991 (25 pages) Download Vessels Transferred to Foreign Navies – Data Sheet #15 (PDF)

16 – U.S. NAVAL FORCES IN OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM :  Includes MSC and Foreign Naval Force.  For Desert Shield, period is 7 Aug 1990 –  Jan. 1991; for Desert Storm, period is 11 Jan – April 1991. (29 pages)  Download Operation Desert Shield – Data Sheet #16 (PDF)

17 – IN SPANISH WATERS 1936-1940: Cancels & Cachets of Squadron 40 Tare (12 pages) Download In Spanish Waters 1936-1940 – Data Sheet #17 (PDF)

18 – SLOGAN CANCELS OF USS BROOKS (DD-232) (1932 – 1934):  This study documents the use of slogans for BROOKS during the early days of navy cancel collecting (6 pages) Download Slogan Cancels USS Brooks – Data Sheet #18 (PDF)

19 – NEW YORK FLEET REVIEWS (1909 – 1993): A listing of naval ships present for fleet reviews in New York City, beginning with the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909, and ending with the fleet review in 1993. (16 pages) Download New York Fleet Reviews – Data Sheet #19 (PDF)

20 – EXTRACT OF INFO FROM USCS BULLETINS RE: THE CRUISE OF THE FRIGATE CONSTITUTION (1931-1934):  A great companion for studying covers from the cruise taken from early USCS Bulletins (#1-45) while the voyage was still underway.  This data sheet consolidates entries regarding CONSTITUTION, and includes commentary and also adds explanations and commentary.  (32 pages) Download Extract of Info from USCS Bulletins regarding Cruise of Frigate Constitution (1931-1934) – Data Sheet #20 (PDF) 

21 – Frigate Constitution – Transits of the Panama Canal (1932, 1934):  This is a specialized companion for collectors of the cruise of Constitution (1931-1934).  It focuses on cancels as she transited the Panama Canal in 1932 to the west coast, and again in 1934 on her return trip.  (34 Pages)  Download Frigate Constitution – Transits of the Panama Canal – Data Sheet #21 (PDF)

22 – NAVY & MSC SHIPS NAMED FOR U.S. MARINES:  Lists all 220 US Navy fighting ships and Military Sealift Command ships that were named to honor valiant USMC personnel.  Ships are listed in alphabetical order by name with additional columns for hull number, full name and rank of the Marine, and the ship’s class. (revised 2007) (20 pages) Download Navy and MSC ships named for US Marines – Data Sheet #22 (PDF)

23 – KOREAN WAR SHIPS:  Lists USN and MSTS ships that earned battle stars on the “gun line” or “in theater” off the Republic of Korea between 1950-1953.  (14 pages) Download Korean War Ships – Data Sheet #23 (PDF)

24 – NAVY DAY 1945 CANCELS:  Listing of over 500 known USN ships with cancels dated 27 October 1945.  Includes information about postmark types, and also shore stations with cancels with this date.  (6 pages)  Download Navy Day 1945 Cancels – Data Sheet #23 (PDF)

25 – NAVAL SHIPS IN ALASKAN WATERS (1931-1941): Listing of cachets and cancels including killer slogans used on US Navy ships while in Alaskan waters, including the Aleutian Islands.  Also has a history of naval operations in Alaska during this period. (67 pages) Download Naval Ships in Alaskan Waters – Data Sheet #24 (PDF)

26 – AMERICAN POLAR OPERATIONS: Listing of Arctic and Antarctic research expeditions from 1946 to 2003.  Arranged in 4 parts listing USN, USCG, MSTS and MSC vessels deployed in these operations. (68 pages)  Download American Polar Operations – Data Sheet #26 (PDF)

27 – US WARSHIPS IN CUBAN WATERS (1933-1934):  Listing of US warships, USN and USCG during 1933-34 period of Cuban unrest.  (12 pages)  Download US Warships in Cuban Waters – Data Sheet #27 9PDF)

28 – US NAVY SHIPS IN MEXICAN WATERS (1914-1916): Listing of US warships that earned the Mexican Service Medal for participation in the 1914 and 1916 Campaigns against Mexican forces.  (7 pages) Download Navy Ships in Mexican Waters 1914-1916 – Data Sheet #28 (PDF)

29 – CARRIER DEPLOYMENTS FOR WESTPAC AND VIETNAM 1964-1975: Listing of aircraft carriers and squadrons deployed to Westpac or Vietnam.  (36 pages)  Download Carrier Deployments for Westpac and Vietnam (1964-1975) – Data Sheet #29 (PDF)

30 – US NAVY RECOVERY SHIPS – NASA SPACE LAUNCHES: Listing of US Navy ships participating in the Mercury Project through Apollo-Soyuz programs.  (16 pages) Download US Navy Recovery Ships – Nasa Space Launches – Data Sheet #30 (PDF)

31 – OPERATION MAGIC CARPET SHIPS (1945-1946):  This data sheet provides background information about Operation Magic Carpet, and the various ships involving with bringing the troops home after the war. (33 pages) Download Operation Magic Carpet Ships – Data Sheet #31 (PDF)

32 – SHIPS NAMED FOR SIGNIFICANT MILITARY OR NAVAL EVENTS: Listing of 119 US Navy ship names that commemorate military and naval events.  Events include battle sites and other events. (13 pages) Download Ships Named for Significant Military or Naval Events – Data Sheet #32 (PDF)

33 – SUBMARINE OPERATIONS IN THE ARCTIC :  The philatelic history of unclassified sub operations in polar waters, including US Navy and Foreign Navy nuclear subs, and US Navy diesel submarines.  Listings include the date of each operation, cover postmarks, and cachet information. (40 pages)  Download Submarine Operations in the Arctic – Data Sheet #33 (PDF) 

34 – SLOGANS OF USS AMPHION (AR-13): Listing of slogan cancels for the repair ship as discussed in the July 1961 LOG by Capt. Herb Rommel, who was CO of the ship in 1960-1961. (4 pages)  Download Slogans of USS Amphion – Data Sheet #34 (PDF)

35 – SHIPS NAMED FOR GEOGRAPHIC PLACES: This list is intended to be an aid for collectors of naval covers interested in focusing on a collection representing a particular state. (41 pages). Download Ships Named for Geographic Places – Data Sheet #35 (PDF)

36 – SHIPS NAMED FOR NAVAL AVIATORS:  This list joins the other thirty-five USCS Data Sheets created and/or compiled over the years to aid collectors of naval covers with another focus area on which to build a collection and develop into a naval philatelic exhibit. (12 pages). Download Ships Named for Naval Aviators – Data Sheet #36 (PDF)

37 – NAVY NUCLEAR TEST SHIPS (1948-1969):  This data sheet documents ships that participated in various navy nuclear tests between 1948 and 1969.  Each operation is listed, as is the role each ship played in these operations.   (15 pages).  Download Navy Nuclear Test Ships (1948-1969) – Data Sheet #37 (PDF)

38 – UNITS OF TASK FORCE 78 (1945-1946):  Units that transported US Marines to North China, and Chinese Nationalist forces to North China and Formosa, during the period Oct 1945–Feb 1946  (17 pages). TASK FORCE 78 (1945-1946) – Data Sheet #38 (PDF)     

39 – OPERATION SWIFT MERCY (1945):  This data sheet lists ships of Operation Swift Mercy, involved with transporting American POW’s being liverated from Japanese prison camps in Aug-Sept. 1945  (2 pages). Download Operation Swift Mercy (1945) – Data Sheet #39 (PDF)     

40 – TASK FORCE 77 (1945-1946):  Transport ships associated with Operation Beleaguer in China and Japan in 1945-1946. (11 pages). Download Task Force 77 (1945-1946) – Data Sheet #40 (PDF)   

41 – LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP (LCS):  Listing of past and current LCS ships of the U.S> Navy. (2 pages). Download LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP – Data Sheet #41 (PDF)   

42 – SHIPS NAMED FOR MEDAL OF HONOR AWARDEES: This Data Sheet compiles a list of ships named for Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard Medal of Honor recipients.  Download MOH Recipient Named Ships – Data Sheet #42 (PDF)