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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Atlanta Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid 22 April 1940 - Launched 6 September 1941

    Commissioned 24 December 1941
    SUNK (Scuttled) 13 November 1942

    Struck from Naval Register 13 January 1943


Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Atlanta CL-51 Covers Page 1     (1940-42)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established January 20 1942 - Disestablished November 13 1942


Locy Type




Locy Type
FDPS 3z Jan 20, 1942


First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type
FDPS 9xz


First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


Censored, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


Other Information

USS ATLANTA earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 silver Battle Star and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Atlanta, Georgia.

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name ATLANTA - USS Atlanta (1861 Ironclad), USS Atlanta (1884 Protected Cruiser), USS Atlanta CL-51, USS Atlanta CL-104
and USS Atlanta SSN-712.

The ships sponsor was Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone with the Wind".



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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