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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
    Projected as Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG)
    Redesignated (Date unknown) as Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV)
    Redesignated (Date unknown) as Escort Carrier (CVE)
    Keel Laid March 22 1944 as ALAVA BAY
    Renamed April 26 1944
    Launched June 2 1944

  1. USS ROI CVE-103
    Commissioned July 6 1944 - Decommissioned May 9 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 21 1946
    Sold December 31 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 Roi CVE-103 Covers Page 1     (1944-45)



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


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)


Last Day of Postal Service


Locy Type




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. R-53




Other Information

USS ROI earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star for her WWII service.

NAMESAKE...An island in the north part of the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands...
Roi-Namur was the target of the U.S. 4th Marine Division in the Battle of Kwajalein, in February 1944



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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