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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.

    South Dakota Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 1 February 1940 - Launched 16 February 1942

  2. Commissioned 16 August 1942 - Decommissioned 9 January 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 1 June 1962
    Preserved as a Memorial, Mobile Alabama, 11 June 1964
    The ship was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986

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 Alabama BB-60 Covers Page 1     (1944-1946)



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

Post Office Established 16 August 1942 - Disestablished 31 July 1946


Locy Type 2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-65


Navy Day


Locy Type 2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-65


Merry Christmas, cachet by Battleship Oregon Chapter No. 22, USCS


Locy Type 2(n)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-65a




Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15826)




Locy Type
3z (BBB)

"U.S. /


Censored sailor's mail.


Locy Type
3z (BTB)

"U.S. /


Censored sailor's mail. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type 9#

(Br. #15826)


Marking from back of cover


Other Information

USS ALABAMA earned 9 Battle Stars for her WWII service

NAMESAKE - Named for the state of Alabama. The 22d state, admitted to the Union on December 14 1819, whose name is derived from two Choctaw Indian words: "alba amo", meaning "thicket gatherers" or "vegetation gatherers".

Six ships of the US Navy have been named ALABAMA - USS Alabama (Ship-of-the-Line 1819), USS Alabama (Side Wheel Steamer 1851), USS Alabama Battleship No. 8, USS Alabama SP-1052, USS Alabama BB-60 and USS Alabama SSBN-731.

Another ALABAMA named ship - (Alabama—a wooden-hull side-wheel steamer built in 1838 at Baltimore, Md.—apparently operated under the aegis of the War Department during the War with Mexico (1846-1848), carrying troops that participated in the capture of Veracruz. After the close of hostilities, the War Department transferred Alabama to the Navy Department pursuant to the Act of Congress of 3 March 1849. The latter, however, found the ship "unsuitable for naval purposes" and sold her at public auction, at New Orleans, La., in October 1849. Records of her naval service (if any) have not been found. It does not appear that she did in fact serve in the United States Navy, since her name does not appear in any contemporary listings of naval vessels, nor do any deck logs exist. She was ultimately lost, stranding on Gun Key, in the Bahamas, on 12 July 1852. Fortunately, no lives were lost. {DANFS})



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