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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.

    Bayfield Class Attack Transport
    Keel Laid December 10 1942 as Maritime Commission type (C-3-S-A2) hull
    Assigned to U.S. Navy as Transport AP-82
    Reclassified Attack Transport (APA) February 1 1943
    Launched March 15 1943

    Placed in Reduced Commission July 19 - August 25 1943
    Commissioned (Full) January 16 1944 - Decommissioned September 30 1968

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1968
    Sold September 15 1969 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     (1944-67)



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

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


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Censored wartime (WWII) use


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Type 2 killers used on stamp


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Cut piece added to earlier cover


Other Information

CAVALIER received five battle stars for World War II service, four battle stars for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (4) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Individual Awards...
Purple Heart (1 KIA, 22 WIA, January 9 1945, 50 WIA, January 30 1945)

NAMESAKE - A county in North Dakota



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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