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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
    Keel Laid 10 March 1944 as DOLOMI BAY
    Renamed 26 April 1944 - Launched 11 October 1946

    Commissioned 24 June 1944 - Decommissioned 11 October 1946

    Redesignated Escort Carrier Helicopter (CVHE) 15 June 1955 while in reserve

    Reclassified Aircraft Transport AKV-36 7 May 1959 while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1 April 1960
    Sold 27 July 1960 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 Matanikau CVE-101 Covers Page 1     (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

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Postmark Image
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Cover Image


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type


Registered, Official mail. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.
"The two 9efu cancels are very similar. The spacing between U of USS & N of NEW is a little greater on one cancel. USCS Postmark Catalog, 5th Ed."


Locy Type


"The two 9efu cancels are very similar. The spacing between U of USS & N of NEW is a little greater on one cancel. USCS Postmark Catalog, 5th Ed."


Other Information

USS MATANIKAU earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, 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 (Dolomi Bay) - A bay on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska.

NAMESAKE (Matanikau) - A river on the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, Solomons, between Point Cruz and Lunga Point.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Robert A. Grant.



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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