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Title: First day cover for the U.S.S. SCHLEY

Accession Number: 2007.25.35
Type: first day cover
Place: USA, CA, San Diego
Date: 1940-11-18
Materials: paper
Description: First day cover for the U.S.S. SCHLEY (DD-103, built 1918), destroyer; front of envelope has cachet in green and orange ink, features unidentified navy ship underway, clouds in background surrounded by chain-link border, printed on left "First Day Postal Service/ U.S.S. SCHLEY/ DESTROYER 103/ RECOMMISSIONED/ SAN DIEGO, CALIF."; stamp on right features portrait of Nathan Hale, printed on stamp "UNITED STATES POSTAGE/ NATHAN HALE/ 1/2 CENT 1/2"; stamp postmarked "U.S.S. SCHLEY/ 18/ NOV/ 1940/ REGISTERED". The U.S.S. SCHLEY responded with small arms fire during the attack on Pearl Harbor even though being overhauled (see correspondence file).

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