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Nov 11

Armistice Day 1935

Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:01 PM

Oct 27

Navy Day 1936 USS Cassin Postal Cover

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:01 AM

Jul 4

Happy Independence Day from the USS California

Sunday, July 4, 2010 12:01 AM

May 15

Guest Post by LCDR Glenn Smith (USN-Ret.): Cover from a China Marine

Saturday, May 15, 2010 6:11 AM

This cover was mailed from Quartermaster Clerk L. F. Shoemaker, a Marine with the Marine Detachment, Tientsin, China (now known as Tianjin). The letter was posted in early 1941 apparently to his wife at home in rural Texas.

The cachet appears to be hand drawn, and shows a street vendor with his monkey. Many old China hands would be familiar with this kind of sight on any street in the China of that era.

At a time when Shanghai was only a small, unremarkable town among the paddies along the Huangpu River, Tientsin was already a vibrant ancient walled Chinese city. The city is situated about 37 miles up the Peihao River from the ocean at Taku and approximately 80 miles from the capital at Peking (now Beijing).

World War Two began in China July 7-8, 1937 with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident near Peking. As a result Japan invaded Northern China from its puppet state, Manchukou (Manchuria). Within a few short weeks Japan controlled most of Northern China. On July 29, Japanese air forces bombed and destroyed most of Nankai University to discourage the students who were anti-Japanese. Japanese forces occupied Tientsin July 30, 1937.

With its protecting mission now compromised by Japanese forces, the US Army’s 15th Infantry departed from Tientsin on March 12, 1938 after a 26 year stint representing American interests in the region. It was replaced by a small U.S. Marine detachment (49 officers and men) guarding the Consulate-General and showing the flag. The Marines stayed at Tientsin until ordered out on November 14, 1941, essentially leaving control of all of the old foreign concessions in the hands of the Japanese.

May 8

Saturday Ship cover: USS Finback (SS-230)

Saturday, May 8, 2010 12:01 AM

Finback received 13 battle stars for World War II service, and is credited with having sunk 59,383 tons of enemy shipping.

For more about the Finback, click here.

May 1

Saturday Ship Cover: USS Cassin (DD-372

Saturday, May 1, 2010 12:01 AM

Apr 17

Extra Edition of the Saturday Ship Cover: USS Dixie AD-14

Saturday, April 17, 2010 8:20 AM

USS Dixie (AD-14) alternated between Noumea and Espiritu Santo in support of the operations in the Solomons from November 1942 to March 1944, then went to the Solomons where she was based at Hathorn Sound.

For Dixie’s Ship History, click here.

Apr 17

Saturday Ship Cover: USS Helm (DD-388)

Saturday, April 17, 2010 5:27 AM

USS Helm (DD-388) was commissioned 16 October 1937 and earned 11 battle stars for World War II service.

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