ARIZONA BB 39

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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.

    Pennsylvania Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 16 March 1914 - Launched 19 June 1915

  1. USS ARIZONA BATTLESHIP No. 39
  2. Commissioned October 17 1916

  3. USS ARIZONA BB-39
  4. Designated (BB) 17 July 1920
    SUNK by High-Level Bombs 7 December 1941
    Placed "In Ordinary" 29 December 1941

    1177 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty
    Struck from Naval Register 1 December 1942
    A Memorial was commissioned over the hulk on Memorial Day 1962
Arizona BB39 Crest.jpg
Arizona Memorial Crest.jpg

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 Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 1    (1917-01-08 to 1919-05-01)
  2. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 2    (1919-05-11 to 1929-12-03)
  3. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 3    (1930-05-01 to 1933-12-25)
  4. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 4    (1934-02-24 to 1935-05-30)
  5. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 5    (1935-07-04 to 1935-10-27)
  6. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 6    (1935-11-11 to 1936-06-17)
  7. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 7    (1936-07-04 to 1937-02-22)
  8. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 8    (1937-03-17 to 1937-11-25)
  9. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 9    (1937-12-25 to 1938-04-22)
  10. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 10    (1938-05-16 to 1940-04-28)
  11. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 11    (1940-07-04 to 1941-12-02)
  12. USS Arizona BB-39 Covers Page 12    (1942 - present. Commemorative Covers & Pictorial Postmarks)

 

Postmarks

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

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type 1z (C)

1918-02-17

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19180217 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19180217 1 front.jpg

Dial on this example is 32 millimeters (circular). By as early as July 1918 the width is elongated to 34mm and it gets worse after that.


 

Locy Type
3 (C)

(1916)

1917-01-08

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19170108 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19170108 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 33 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
3 (C)

"BROOKLYN /
N.Y."

(1916)

1919-08-07

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19190807 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19190807 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 32.5 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
3 (C)

(1921)

1921-04-17

JonBurdett arizona bb39 19210417 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arizona bb39 19210417.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 3

(1925)

1926-05-03

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19260503 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19260503 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 32 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BBT)

"NAVY DAY /
LONG BEACH"

1932-10-27

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19321027 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19321027 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 33.5 x 34 millimeters (w x h). Need a better example that better shows the killer bar mold lines (BBT).


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTB)

"FIRST,TIME /
CANCEL,USED"

1935-10-27

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19351027 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19351027 1 Front.jpg

Dial on this example is 33 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
3b (AC-OOX)

1917-05-30

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19170530 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19170530 1.jpg

Difficult to get good dial measurements due to severe smudging on all examples. Estimate is 33 to 34 x 34 to 35 millimeters (w x h).


 

Locy Type
3s (C)

1921-01-16

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19210116 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19210116 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 33 millimeters (circular). It is difficult to make out the serif lettering but look at the bottom of the Z in ARIZONA for the characteristic flag.


 

Locy Type 3s

1922-02-25

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19220225 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19220225 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 33 millimeters (circular). Note the location of the killer bars in relation to the lettering inside the dial. The placement is different than the 3s postmark from 1921-01-16.


 

Locy Type 3z (A-BBT)

1941-07-07

LFerrell Arizona BB 39 19410707 1 pm closeup.jpg
LFerrell Arizona BB 39 19410707 1.jpg

Note: Although the Type 3z is cataloged as scarcity B, no other example has actually been seen or recorded (including several advanced collectors). Probably should be reclassified with an R rating.


 

Locy Type 6

1931-12-15

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19311215 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19311215 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 15 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type 6
(At Sea)

1934-10-17

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19341017 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19341017 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 15 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
6ep(2)

1941-07-23

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19410723 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19410723 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 30 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
6ep(2)
(At Sea)

1941-10-19

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19411019 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19411019 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 30 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
6ep(2)
(At Sea)

1941-11-16

LFerrell Arizona BB 39 19411116 1 pm closeup.jpg
LFerrell Arizona BB 39 19411116 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 30 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type 7

1923-04-26

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19230426 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19230426 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 11.5 x 12 millimeters (w x h).


 

Locy Type
7qt(2)

1935-05-30

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19350530 5 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19350530 5 Front.jpg

Dial on this example is 10.5 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
9v (C)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-46b

1927-03-02

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19270302 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19270302 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 29 x 29.5 millimeters (w x h).


 

Locy Type 9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-46c

1934-04-09

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19340409 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19340409 1 Back.jpg

Dial on this example is 29.5 x 28.5 millimeters (w x h).


 

Locy Type
9v (C)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-46d

1937-07-20

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19370720 2 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19370720 2 Back.jpg

Dial on this example is 30 millimeters (circular).


 

Locy Type
9vz

1919-02-03

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19190203 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19190203 1 Back.jpg

Dial on this example is 29 x 30 millimeters (w x h). Looks like a comma after "NAVY" but with only one example, it is not possible to tell if it is a period, comma, or just a smudge.


 

Locy Type
9w (C)

(1918)

1918-07-19

GregCiesielski Arizona BB39 19180719 1 Postmark.jpg

N/A

Cut Square. R-3 Scarcity rate


 

Locy Type
9w (C)

(1918)

1919-12-19

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19191219 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19191219 1 front.jpg

This copy shows the period after the ships name.


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-46e

1931-01-20

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19310120 2 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19310120 2.jpg

Dial on this example is 28 x 29 millimeters (w x h).


 

Locy Type 9x
(1931)

1931-01-20

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19310120 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19310120 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 28 x 29 millimeters (w x h).


 

Locy Type 9x
(1938)

1938-12-25

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19381225 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19381225 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 30 x 29 millimeters (w x h).


 

Locy Type F

"AT /
SEA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-46

1927-06-25

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19270625 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19270625 1.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type F

"USS /
DOWNES /
LAUNCHED"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-46a

1936-04-22

JonBurdett arizona bb39 19360422 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arizona bb39 19360422.jpg

Launching of USS Downes DD-375, another casualty of Pearl Harbor.


 

Locy Type
FAKE

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3

1941-06-19

Bunter Arizona BB 39 19410619 1 pm closeup.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19410619 1.jpg

Dial on this example is 33 x 32 millimeters (w x h). Cachet and postmark by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop)



USS Arizona's Unique Censor Marking


 

Censor Marking

1918-10-18

GregCiesielski Arizona BB39 19181018 1 Censor.jpg
Bunter Arizona BB 39 19181018 1a back.jpg

From the back of this cover.

 

Other Information

USS ARIZONA earned the World War I Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle Star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS ARIZONA was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and was sunk at her moorings by the Japanese attack.

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Arizona.

The ships sponsor was Miss Esther Ross of Prescott AZ.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name ARIZONA - USS Arizona (1858), USS Arizona (Screw Frigate, Launched 1865, never Commissioned), USS Arizona BB-39 and USS Arizona SSN-803.

 


 

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