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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.

    Casablanca Class Escort Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid 5 January 1943 as Aircraft Escort Vessel ASTROLABE BAY AVG-60
    Reclassified Auxiliary Carrier (ACV) 20 August 1942
    Renamed 3 April 1943 - Launched 5 June 1943
    Redesignated Escort Carrier (CVE) 15 July 1943

    Commissioned 25 September 1943 - Decommissioned 15 July 1946

    Redesignated Utility Carrier (CVU) 15 July 1955, while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 27 May 1958
    Sold 30 April 1959 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. USS Guadalcanal CVE-60 Covers Page 1     (1943-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post office established 20 September 1943 - Disestablished 8 March 1946


Locy Type 2(n)



JonBurdett guadalcanal cve60 19451027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett guadalcanal cve60 19451027.jpg

Navy day


Locy Type 2(n)


GregCiesielski Guadalcanal CVE60 19460305r 1 pm.jpg
GregCiesielski Guadalcanal CVE60 19460305 1 Front.jpg

Official Business


Locy Type 2z


JonBurdett guadalcanal cve60 19431007r pm.jpg
JonBurdett guadalcanal cve60 19431007.JPG

Censored, WWII use


Locy Type

GregCiesielski Guadalcanal CVE60 19450206 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Guadalcanal CVE60 19450206 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type


GregCiesielski Gallery FFG26 19840604 2 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Gallery FFG26 19840604 2 Postmark.jpg

40th Anniversary of the capture of U-Boat U-505 by Captain Daniel V. Gallery, CO of USS Guadalcanal CVE-60, along the boarding party from USS Pillsbury DE-133.
Cachet by Alton M. (Budd) Arrington


Pictorial Postmark

"Fleet Week Sta."

New York NY


GregCiesielski Guadalcanal CVE60 19930531 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Guadalcanal CVE60 19930531 2 Front.jpg

50th Anniversary of the "Battle of the Atlantic". USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) Captures U-Boat 505. Cachet by Colorano "Silk" Cachets


Other Information

USS GUADALCANAL earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The epic Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands during World War II.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Alvin I. Malstrom.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name GUADALCANAL - USS Guadalcanal CVE-60 and USS Guadalcanal LPH-7



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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