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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 12 December 1942 as Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV)
    Renamed ALIKULA BAY 22 January 1943
    Renamed CORAL SEA 3 April 1943 - Launched 1 May 1943
    Redesignated Escort Carrier (CVE) 15 July 1943

  2. Commissioned 27 August 1943

  4. Renamed 15 September 1944 - Decommissioned 5 August 1946

  6. Reclassified Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier (CVHE) 12 June 1955 while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1 March 1959
    Sold 24 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 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 Coral Sea CVE-57 Covers Page 1    (1943)
  2. USS Anzio CVE-57 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 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 1943 - Disestablished 9 February 1946


Locy Type 2z





Locy Type


Last Day of Postal Service. Cachet by the Battleship Oregon Chapter No. 22, USCS


Locy Type


Last Day of Postal Service. Cachet by the Battleship Oregon Chapter No. 22, USCS. From the Bob Govern collection.

Captain's Office Ship Marking


Locy Type


ANZIO CVE-57. The RECD postmark has the ship's designation as ACV-57. This was the ship's original designation when keel was laid


Other Information

USS CORAL SEA / USS ANZIO earned the Navy Unit Commendation (11 awards), the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 9 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 - (ALIKULA BAY) A bay located east of Egg Harbor and indenting the north coast of Coronation Island which, in turn, lies off the southeastern coast of Alaska. The name, Alikula, is derived from an Indian word meaning "night."

NAMESAKE - (CORAL SEA) Part of the South Pacific Ocean. It is located between Queensland, Australia, on the west and Vanuatu and New Caledonia on the east, and bordered on the north by Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Occupying an area of 1,849,800 sq mi, it merges with the Tasman Sea and Solomon Sea and is connected to the Arafura Sea via the Torres Strait. It was named for its many coral formations, including the Great Barrier Reef. During World War II it was the scene of a strategic U.S. naval and air victory over the Japanese (1942)

NAMESAKE - (ANZIO) Seaport and resort town southeast of Rome, Italy. It was founded, according to legend, by Anteias, son of Odysseus and Circe. It was a stronghold of the Volsci in the 5th century BC. Conquered by Rome in 338 BC, Antium (as it was then known) became a resort for wealthy Romans. Nero and Caligula were born there. Destroyed by the Saracens in the 9th – 10th centuries, it remained virtually deserted until 1698, when Pope Innocent XII built a new port nearby. In 1944 it was the scene of a bloody but successful amphibious landing by Allied forces during World War II.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Frank J. Fletcher, wife of Frank J. Fletcher.



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