ARKANSAS BB 33

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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.

    Wyoming Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 25 January 1910 - Launched 14 January 1911

  1. USS ARKANSAS Battleship No. 33
  2. Commissioned 17 September 1912

  3. USS ARKANSAS BB-33
  4. Designated (BB) 17 July 1920
    Decommissioned 29 July 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 15 August 1946
    Sunk 25 July 1946 during Atomic Bomb Test "Baker" Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
Arkansas bb33 1913.JPG

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Arkansas BB-33 Covers Page 1    (1914-1934)
  2. USS Arkansas BB-33 Covers Page 2    (1935-1946)

 

Postmarks

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Post Office Established 17 September 1912 - Disestablished 5 June 1946


 

Locy Type 1z

1918-05-07

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19180507 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19180507.jpg

Censored, WWI use


 

Locy Type 2

1914-12-20

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19141220 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19141220 1 Back.jpg

Real-photo postcard of battleship USS Florida BB-30 postmarked 1914 onboard battleship USS Arkansas BB-33. Scott #405b or similar Washington booklet single. From Arkansas sailor Henry E. Thrasher to Fern Kschinska in Dushore PA. Divided-back black and white photo postcard, maker Waterman, battleship titled "U.S.S. FLORIDA".


 

Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945

1945-10-27

JohnGermann Arkansas BB33 19451027 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Arkansas BB33 19451027 1 Front.jpg

"Victory Cancel"


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-07-01

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19460701 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19460701.JPG

Atomic Test


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48b

1915-03-22

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19150322 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19150322 1 Back.jpg

Real-photo postcard of Guantanamo, Cuba, postmarked 1915 onboard battleship USS Arkansas BB-33. Scott #405b or similar Washington booklet single. From Arkansas sailor Henry E. Thrasher to Fern Kschinska in Dushore PA. Divided-back black and white photo postcard, no maker, no title, Fleet Canteen building and flat fields ringed by hills.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48c

1917-04-08

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19170408 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19170408.jpg

Censored, WWI use


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

"U.S. /
NAVAL FORCES / EUROPE"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48d

1919-00-07

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19190007 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19190007 1 Front.jpg

From the Darrell Kinzler collection.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)

"PHILA /
PA"

1938-05-20

Bunter Arkansas BB 33 19380520 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Arkansas BB 33 19380520 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTB)

"CHERBOURG /
FRANCE"

1936-07-20

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19360720 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19360720 1 Front.jpg

Handpainted cachet


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-TTT)

"OSLO /
NORWAY"

1935-07-06

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19350706 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19350706 1 Front.jpg

Port Visit, Midshipmen's Summer Cruise


 

Locy Type
3b

1915-05-24

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19150524 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19150524.JPG

Note:


 

Locy Type
3b (BC-XTX)

"PASSAGE TO /
HAMPTON RD"

1935-08-14

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19350814 2 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLArkansas BB33 19350814 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3bs (B-BXT)

"NEW YORK /
N Y"

1935-09-20

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19350920 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19350920.JPG

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s

"ADDRESS /
TO BOX"

1923-03-29

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19230329 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19230329.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (B-BBT)

"NAPLES /
ITALY"

1934-07-14

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19340714 2 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLArkansas BB33 19340714 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3z (BTB)

1942-06-21

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19420621r pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19420621.jpg

Censored, WWII use


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

1941-09-10

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19410910 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19410910.JPG

Note:


 

Locy Type
5hks (C)

"YORKTOWN /
VIRGINIA"

1931-10-19

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19311019 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19311019 1 Front.jpg

Presidential Visit, cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
6

1929-07-27

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19290727 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19290727 1 Front.jpg

Port Visit to Weymouth England, cachet by Groves


 

Locy Type
7dr

1936-02-29

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19360229 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19360229 1 Front.jpg

USCS Cachet. Leap Year postmark


 

Locy Type
7qt(1)

1946-03-20

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19460320 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19460320.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7qtz(2)

1945-03-17

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19450317 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19450317.jpeg

Note:


 

Locy Type 8

1931-02-24

Bunter Arkansas BB 33 19310224 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Arkansas BB 33 19310224 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type

9v (C)
(REGISTRED)

1914-05-09

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19140509 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19140509 1 Front.jpg

Mark from a "Facing Slip". Scan courtesy of Stewart Milstein.


 

Locy Type 9v

1917

1925-01-09

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19250109 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19250109.JPG

Mark from back of cover. Note:May be Type A-48h (1927) posted earlier than USCS Postmark Catalog listing.


 

Locy Type
9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48h

1927-08-11

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19270811 pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19270811.jpg

Cut Piece


 

Locy Type
9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48i

1946-03-20

Jonburdett arkansas bb33 19280721 pm9.jpg
Jonburdett arkansas bb33 19280721.JPG

Mark clipped from registered receipt and attached to cover


 

Locy Type
9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48k

1941-11-13

JonBurdett newyork bb34 19411113 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett newyork bb34 19411113.jpg

Mark from back of USS NEW YORK BB-34 cover


 

Locy Type
9efw

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48m

1942-01-21

Bunter Arkansas BB 33 19420121 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Arkansas BB 33 19420121 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"MARINE CORPS /
CRUISE"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-48p

1936-02-11

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19360211 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19360211 2 Front.jpg

USMC Cruise
Roland E. Hopkins


 

Locy Type F

"BOSTON NAVY YD /
3 ALM. P.O. FIRE"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-2

1935-09-24

GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19350924 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arkansas BB33 19350924 1 Front.jpg

3 Alarm fire at the Boston Navy yard, postmark created by John E. Gill


 

Locy Type P
(9v, name removed)

1944-11-30

JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19441130r pm.jpg
JonBurdett arkansas bb33 19441130.jpg

Mark from back of cover

 

Other Information

USS ARKANSAS earned the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle Stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the State of Arkansas.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name ARKANSAS - USS Arkansas (Screw Steamer 1863), USS Arkansas BM-7, USS Arkansas BB-33 and USS Arkansas CGN-41

The ships sponsor was Miss Nancy Louise Macon

 


 

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