CROATAN T-AKV 43

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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.

    Bogue Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid 15 April 1942 - Acquired by US Navy 1 May 1942
    Launched 1 August 1942 as Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG)
    Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV) 20 August 1942

  1. USS CROATAN ACV-25
    Commissioned 28 April 1943

  2. USS CROATAN CVE-25
    Reclassified Escort Carrier (CVE) 15 July 1943
    Decommissioned 20 May 1946

  3. USS CROATAN CVHE-25
    Reclassified Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier (CVHE) 12 June 1955 while in reserve
    Transferred to Military Sea Transport Service

  4. USNS CROATAN
    Placed In Service as Aircraft Transport 16 June 1958

  5. USNS CROATAN T-CVU-25
    Reclassified Utility Aircraft Carrier (T-CVU) 1 July 1958

  6. USNS CROATAN T-AKV-43
    Reclassified Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry (T-AKV-43) 7 May 1959
    Served as Experimental Ship under NASA control, October 1964 - May 1965
    Resumed MSTS transport duties
    Placed Out of Service 23 October 1969

    Struck from Naval Register 22 June 1971
    Sold 1971 and scrapped

 

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 Croatan CVE-43 Covers Page 1     (1943-1946)

 

Postmarks

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.


 

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image


 

Locy Type 2(n)

(Oct 27, 1945)

1945-10-27

GregCiesielski Croatan CVE25 19451027 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Croatan CVE25 19451027 2 Front.jpg

CVE-25. Navy Day 1945. Cachet by M. Fay Muridge, sponsored by the John Paul Jones Chapter No. 2, USCS. From the Tom Kean collection.


 

Locy Type 2(n)

1946-02-25

JonBurdett croatan cve25 19460225 pm.jpg
JonBurdett croatan cve25 19460225.jpg

CVE-25


 

Locy Type
2z*

1943-08-29

JonBurdett croatan cve25 19430829 pm.jpg
JonBurdett croatan cve25 19430829.jpg

CVE-25


 

Locy Type
9efu

1943-08-29

JonBurdett croatan cve25 19430829 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett croatan cve25 19430829.jpg

CVE-25. Postmark from the back of the cover.

 

Other Information

USS CROATAN earned the American Campaign Medal w/ 1 star, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A sound off the North Carolina coast.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name CROATAN - USS Croatan CVE-14 and USS Croatan CVE-25.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. J. S. Russell.

 


 

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