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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
    Keel Laid June 1 1940 - Launched November 1 1941

    Commissioned June 15 1942 - Decommissioned February 7 1947

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1959
    Sold February 18 1960 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 Cleveland CL-55 Covers Page 1    (1941-46)



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

Post Office Established July 1 1942 - Disestablished September 15 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type
3z (BBT)


Official Mail from the US Marine Corps Detachment


Locy Type
3z (BTT)


Special Delivery


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-54




Other Information

CLEVELAND earned 13 Battle Stars for WWII service

Earned Navy Unit Commendation

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Cleveland, Ohio



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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