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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.

    Fargo Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid October 4 1943 - Launched April 8 1945

    Commissioned February 23 1946 - Decommissioned June 15 1949

    Struck from Naval Register September 1 1961
    Sold April 1962 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 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. Covers Page 1    (1946-49)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Locy Type

USCS Catalog




Locy Type




Locy Type


Christmas Day, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Locy Type

1948-10-27> 1948-10-27

Navy Day


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Huntington, West Virginia.

Three ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Huntington
USS Huntington (CA-5), was the renamed armored cruiser West Virginia (ACR-5)
USS Huntington (CL-77), was originally to be a light cruiser, but completed as the aircraft carrier Cowpens (CVL-25)
USS Huntington (CL-107), was a light cruiser in service from 1946 to 1949.



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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