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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 1 November 1943 - Launched 19 January 1944

    Commissioned 2 March 1944 - Decommissioned 19 June 1946

    Redesignated Escort Helicopter Carrier (CVHE) 12 June 1955 while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1 March 1959
    Sold 27 November 1959 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 Saginaw Bay CVE-82 Covers Page 1     (1945-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 2(n)

(used after POD)


Post office closed 1946-03-25


Locy Type 2z


Censored, WWII use


Locy Type


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


Other Information

USS SAGINAW BAY earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 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/ 1 star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named Saginaw Bay for a bay on the north coast of Kuiu Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Howard L. Vickery, wife of Rear Admiral Howard L. Vickery, vice chairman of the U.S. Maritime Commission.



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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