INDIANAPOLIS CA 35

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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.


    Portland Class Heavy Cruiser
    Keel Laid 31 March 1930 as Light Cruiser (CL)
    Redesignated Heavy Cruiser (CA) 1 July 1931
    Launched 7 November 1931

  1. USS INDIANAPOLIS CA-35
  2. Commissioned 15 November 1932
    SUNK (Torpedoed) 30 July 1945 by Japanese Submarine I-58 in the Philippine Sea

    Stricken from the NVR 1 September 1945
    Only 316 of 1,199 crew members survived.
    Located 18 August 2017, resting at 18,000 feet in the Philippine Sea by R/V Petrel.

 

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 Indianapolis CA-35 Covers Page 1    (1933-1944, 2004-2021)

 

Postmarks

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
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Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type
FDC 3(B-BBT)

"NAVY YARD /
PHILA. PA."

1932-11-15

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19321115 5 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19321115 5 Front.jpg

First Day in Commission, stamped cachet, signed by the CO. NMC Lawrence Iverson also signed the cover. From the David Pallante collection.


 

Locy Type 2z

1943-06-03

JonBurdett indianapolis ca35 19430603 pm.jpg
JonBurdett indianapolis ca35 19430603.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2z*

1943-10-19

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19431019 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19431019 1 Front.jpg

Official Business, WWII use. From the David Pallante collection.


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BBT)

"NAVY YARD /
PHILADELPHIA"

1933-06-13

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19330613 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19330613 1 Front.jpg

Postal message card with a message from the Navy Mail Clerk. The reverse side of this card, and text, are shown here Covers Page 1


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BTT)

"REVIEWING /
U.S. FLEET"

1934-05-31

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19340531 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19340531 1 Front.jpg

Fleet Review, cachet by Admiral Farragut Chapter No. 3, USCS


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTB)

"CROSSING /
THE EQUATOR"

1936-11-24

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19361124 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19361124 1 Front.jpg

Pan-American Presidential Cruise cachet. From the David Pallante collection.


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"PEARL HARBOR /
T. H."

1940-07-29

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19400729 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19400729 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by C. Stephen Anderson. From the David Pallante collection.


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

194--04-09

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19410409 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19410409 1 Front.jpg

Official Mail - MAILGRAM. Year in postmark is missing.


 

Locy Type 7

1939-09-02

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. I-6

1939-09-02

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. I-6a

1943-12-13

JonBurdett indianapolis ca35 19431215 pm.jpg
JonBurdett indianapolis ca35 19431215.JPG

Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. I-6d

1939-09-01

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type 9x

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. I-6b

1939-09-01

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 19390902 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
SLKb (48x3)

1935-07-04

JonBurdett indianapolis ca35 19350704 slk.jpg
JonBurdett indianapolis ca35 19350704.jpg

US Fleet Scouting Force Duplex. Cachet by Leonard Rogers



USPS Pictorial Postmark


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

Indianapolis, IN

2004-08-21

GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 20040821 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Indianapolis CA35 20040821 1 Front.jpg

USCS Convention postmark honors the USS Indianapolis. Cachet by Roger A. Wentworth

 

Other Information

USS INDIANAPOLIS earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal w/Fleet Clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 10 battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Indianapolis, IN

The ships sponsor was Miss Lucy Taggart, daughter of the late Senator Thomas Taggart, a former mayor of Indianapolis, IN.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name INDIANAPOLIS - USS Indianapolis ID-3865, USS Indianapolis CA-35, USS Indianapolis SSN-697 and USS Indianapolis LCS-17.

 


 

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