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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.

    Bogue Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid October 27 1941 as Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A1) hull
    Launched February 21 1942
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 1 1942
    Classified Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG)
    Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV) August 20 1942

  1. USS CARD ACV-11
    Commissioned November 8 1942

  2. USS CARD CVE-11
    Reclassified Escort Carrier (CVE) July 15 1943
    Decommissioned May 13 1946
    Reclassified Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier (CVHE) June 12 1955, While in reserve
    Reactivated as Aircraft Transport 1958
    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service

    Reclassified Utility Aircraft Carrier (CVU) July 1 1958

    Reclassified Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry (AKV) May 7 1959
    SUNK (Mine) May 2 1964 while moored in Saigon, Vietnam
    5 of her crew were lost and remain on duty
    Raised May 19 1964
    Returned to Service December 11 1964
    Out of Service (Date unknown)

    Sold 1971 and scrapped

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. Covers Page 1     (1943-46)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type
3z (TTB)


As ACV-11
Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type
3z (TTB)


As CVE-11


Locy Type
9efsu (used after POD)


Post office discontinued March 15, 1946


Other Information

CARD earned 3 Battle Stars for WWII service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal (1 star) - European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (2 stars) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - A sound, continuation of Biscayne Bay, south of Miami, FL



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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