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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 Cruiser
    Keel Laid February 20 1944
    Launched April 22 1945 as Light Cruiser CL-93
    Construction suspended June 24 1946
    Reclassified Guided Missle Cruiser (CLG) February 4 1956
    Redesignated CLG-3 May 23 1957

    Commissioned May 28 1958 - Decommissioned May 25 1970

    Struck from Naval Register December 21 1973
    Sold May 1975 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     (1958-70)



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


Philadelphia PA
Navy Yard Sta Duplex


Launching (wrong date)


Locy Type
FDC 2t(n+u)


First Day in Commission


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)


Cachet by Frederick L. Karcher. FRAUDULENT use of the "FREE" mail privilege.


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)


Backside of the cover showing the GALVESTON ship marking.


Locy Type




Locy Type
LDPS 2t(n+u)


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

GALVESTON received the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal National Defense Service Medal- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 Campaign stars - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

NAMESAKE - A coastal city in southeastern Texas located on Galveston Island.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named GALVESTON - USS Galveston CL-19 and USS Galveston CLG-3.



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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