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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.

    Casablanca Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid 3 March 1944 as DIDRICKSON BAY
    Renamed 26 April 1944 - Launched 16 May 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 18 June 1944

    Commissioned 18 June 1944 - Decommissioned 3 November 1946

    Redesignated Utility Aircraft Carrier (CVU) 16 June 1955 while in reserve

    Redesignated Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry (AKV) 7 May 1959 while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1 June 1960
    Sold 29 August 1960 for scrap

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 Bougainville CVE-100 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type


Registered, Official mail. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Locy Type


Registered, Official mail. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


Other Information

USS BOUGAINVILLE earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Asia" clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The largest of the Solomon Islands group, eastern New Guinea. Bougainville was controlled by Japanese forces during World War II, until U.S. troops landed on November 1, 1943. Allied airstrips were built on Bougainville by January 1944, for use in attacking the Japanese strongholds throughout the South Pacific. Although Japanese forces were essentially defeated on Bougainville by March 1944, intermittent Japanese resistance on the island continued through the end of the war.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Sally A. Monfort.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name BOUGAINVILLE - USS Bougainville CVE-100 and USS Bougainville LHA-8.



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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