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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 2 January 1942 - Acquired by U.S. Navy 1 May 1942
    Originally classified Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG)
    Launched 15 May 1942
    Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV) 20 August 1942

  1. USS CORE ACV-13
  2. Commissioned 10 December 1942

  3. USS CORE CVE-13
  4. Reclassified Escort Carrier (CVE) 15 July 1943
    Decommissioned 4 October 1946

  6. Reclassified as Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier (CVHE) 12 June 1955, while in reserve
    Reactivated as Aircraft Transport 1958
    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service

  8. Placed In Service as Utility Aircraft Carrier (T-CVU) 1 July 1958

  10. Reclassified Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry (T-AKV) 7 May 1959
    Placed Out of Service 15 September 1970

    Struck from Naval Register 15 September 1970
    Sold 1971 to the city of Portland OR

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 Core CVE-13 Covers Page 1     (1943-1946)



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 3z


As CVE-13


Locy Type


As CVE-13


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day of Postal Service. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS CORE earned the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Asia" clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for Core Sound, North Carolina.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. B. B. Smith, wife of Lieutenant Commander Smith.



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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