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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.

    Essex Class Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid September 15 1941 - Launched December 7 1942

    Commissioned May 24 1943 - Decommissioned January 9 1947
    Reclassified Attack Aircraft Carrier (CVA) October 1 1952, while in reserve
    Reclassified Antisubmarine Aircraft Carrier (CVS) August 8 1953, while in reserve
    Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Transport (AVT) May 1959, while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register November 1 1966
    Hulk used as stationary electronics test platform, San Diego until November 1972
    Sold May 1973 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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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. Covers Page 1     (1943-46)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

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

Post office established April 25 1943 - Disestablished May 21 1946


Locy Type
2(n) Oct 27, 1945


Navy Day


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Censored wartime (WWII) use


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Censored wartime (WWII) use


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Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

BUNKER HILL earned 11 Battle Stars (WWII)

Earned Presidential Unit Citation for the period November 11 1943 to May 11 1945

On May 11 1945, while supporting the Okinawa invasion, was hit and severely damaged by two kamikazes. She suffered the loss of 346 men killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Presidential Unit Citation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (11 stars) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - Named after the battle fought June 17 1775 on Breed's Hill, adjacent to Bunker Hill (a height in Charlestown, Mass.)



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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