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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.

    Cleveland Class Light Cruiser
    Ordered 16 December 1940 as BUFFALO CL-99
    Designated for completion as Aircraft Carrier 2 June 1942
    Reordered as Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid 31 August 1942 as CV-29
    Reclassified Small Aircraft Carrier (CVL) 15 July 1943
    Launched 1 August 1943

    Commissioned 17 November 1943 - Decommissioned 11 February 1947
    Recommissioned 13 May 1950 - Decommissioned 9 April 1954

    Redesignated Auxiliary Aircraft Transport (AVT-4) 15 May 1959 while in Reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1 September 1959
    Sold May 1961 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 Bataan CVL-29 Covers Page 1     (1943-1951)



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

1st Commissioning 17 November 1943 to 11 February 1947


Locy Type 2(n)

Oct 27, 1945


Navy Day, add-on cachet by Roger A. Wentworth


Locy Type 2(n)




Locy Type 2z


Official Mail.


Locy Type


Registered Mail (on the back).

2nd Commissioning 13 May 1950 to 9 April 1954


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n)


First Day of Postal Service, R/S cachet.


Locy Type 2


5th Anniversary of VJ Day, cachet sponsored by the Brooklyn Crew, ANCS


Locy Type 2(n)


Memorial Day, cachet by Donald R. Graf


Locy Type


Rubber stamp cachet on the back. From the Bob Govern collection.



c 1953


Picture postcard.


Other Information

USS BATAAN 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 National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 7 Battle stars, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Korean Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

USS BATAAN CVL-29 was at Tokyo Bay, September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender ceremony.

NAMESAKE - Named after the Bataan peninsula, on Luzon island, Philippine Islands, the scene of heroic resistance by American and Filipino defenders against an overwhelming Japanese invading force during the initial phase of America's participation in World War II.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. George Murray, wife of Rear Admiral George D. Murray.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name BATAAN - USS Bataan CVL-29 and USS Bataan LHD-5



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