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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.

    Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier
    Originally named MOSSER BAY
    Renamed RENDOVA 6 November 1943
    Keel Laid 15 June 1944 - Launched 28 December 1944

  2. Commissioned 22 October 1945 - Decommissioned 27 January 1950
    Recommissioned 3 January 1951 - Decommissioned 30 June 1955

  4. Redesignated Aviation Transport (AKV) 7 May 1959 while in reserve

    Stricken from Naval Register 1 April 1971
    Sold 1971 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. USS Rendova CVE-114 Covers Page 1     (1944-1953)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

1st Commissioning 22 October 1945 to 27 January 1950

Post Office Established 20 October 1945 - Post Office Disestablished 7 October 1949


Locy Type



2nd Commissioning 3 January 1951 to 30 June 1955

Post Office Established 31 January 1951 - Post Office Disestablished 10 March 1955


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


On the backside.


Other Information

USS RENDOVA earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Asia" clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 2 Campaign stars, the United Nations Korean Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - (MOSER BAY), a bay on the northwest shore of Alitak Bay, at the south end of Kodiak Island, Alaska.

NAMESAKE - (RENDOVA ISLAND), an island located in the Western province of the Solomon Islands.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Anna-Marie H. Kurtz.



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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