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RPPC of a Sailor in Uniform " USS Philip " dated 1919
This is a RPPC of a Sailor in Uniform " USS Philip " dated 1919. This real photograph Postcard is in great condition. It has been written on with a message signed "Elmer" ( see Postcards RL-3809 / RL-4019 / RL-3969 / RL-4020 as some other cards we have listed are signed by & show this same man). He has the same Military Patch as on the other Postcard with an Anchor and a Trefoil ( 3 Wings ) below. It has a message written on the back " San Diego Cal. Dec 1919 discharged from Navy. It does not have a postmark, but is written on where the "Place Stamp Here " area "Elmer Auclam 2747 Pd. It measures 3 3/8" by 5 3/8". This Postcard has interesting Naval History. We are including the reverse side of the postcard as well as the photographic front. For historians and genealogists, this makes a tremendous difference. This man was a Second Class Petty Officer, an enlisted man with the rank of E-5 and quite a bit of responsibility. His insignia is not wings but a propeller, signifying that he was a Machinist Mate, responsible for the engines running the ship. His ship, the USS Philip (DD-76), was a brand-new destroyer in 1919, and it went on to serve the US Navy until 1940, when it was transferred to the British Navy for more action as the "HMS Lancaster." Elmer was discharged in 1919, and he wrote about going to Panama. At that time, the Panama Canal was still under construction and someone with his background would have been in great demand as a skilled worker.
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