BELLEAU WOOD CVL 24

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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/Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier
    Ordered September 9 1940 and authorized as NEW HAVEN CL-76
    Keel Laid August 11 1941
    Designated for completion as Aircraft Carrier (CV) February 16 1942
    Reordered from New York Shipbuilding March 18 1942
    Renamed March 31 1942
    Launched December 6 1942

  1. USS BELLEAU WOOD CV-24
    Commissioned March 31 1943

  2. USS BELLEAU WOOD CVL-24
    Reclassified Small Aircraft Carrier (CVL) July 15 1943
    Decommissioned January 13 1947

  3. BOIS BELLEAU R-97 (French Naval Service)
    Transferred to France September 5 1953 and renamed
    Returned to U.S. Navy September 12 1960

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1960
    Sold November 21 1960 to The Boston Metals Co. for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Belleau Wood CV/CVL-24 Covers Page 1     (1942-45)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
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Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

Post Office Established April 10 1943 - Disestablished February 14 1946


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-01-15

GregCiesielski BelleauWood CVL24 19460115 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BelleauWood CVL24 19460115 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-24


 

Locy Type
2z*

1943-05-29

GregCiesielski BelleauWood CV24 19430529 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BelleauWood CV24 19430529 1 Front.jpg

As CV-24
Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
2z*

1943-06-22

GregCiesielski BelleauWood CV24 19430622 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BelleauWood CV24 19430622 1 Front.jpg

As CV-24
Official Business


 

Locy Type
2z*

1943-12-16

JonBurdett belleauwood cvl24 19431216 pm.jpg
JonBurdett belleauwood cvl24 19431216.jpg

As CVL-24
Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
7z*

1945-01-26

JonBurdett belleauwood cvl24 19450126 pm.jpg
JonBurdett belleauwood cvl24 19450126.jpg

As CVL-24
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
P Oct 27, 1945

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-79

1945-10-27

GregCiesielski BelleauWood CVL24 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BelleauWood CVL24 19451027 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-24
Navy Day.

 

Other Information

USS BELLEAU WOOD earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 12 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 during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named after Bois Belleau (Belleau Wood), near Chateau Thierry, France, scene of a bloody WWI battle between the 4th Marine Brigade and elements of three German divisions.

Two ships of the US Navy have honored this battle - USS Belleau Wood CVL-24 and USS Belleau Wood LHA-3.

 


 

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