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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
    Originally designated Transport and Aircraft Ferry (AVG)
    Redesignated Attack Carrier (ACV) 20 August 1942
    Keel Laid 31 May 1943
    Redesignated Escort Carrier (CVE) 15 July 1943
    Launched 8 November 1943

    Commissioned 15 December 1943 - Decommissioned 19 April 1946

    Sold 18 November 1946 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 Kitkun Bay CVE-71 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 Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-19


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


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-19


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


Other Information

USS KITKUN BAY earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Asia" clasp, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal (w/ 2 stars) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for an Alaskan Bay on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Edgar A. Cruise, wife of CAPT Cruise of the Seattle Naval Air Station.



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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