HELENA CL 50

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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.

    St. Louis Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid 9 December 1936 - Launched 27 August 1938

  1. USS HELENA CL-50
  2. Commissioned 18 September 1939
    SUNK by Torpedoes during the Battle of Kula Gulf 6 July 1943

    168 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.
    Located in March 2018, resting at 2821 feet below the surface in the New Georgia Sound
            off the coast of the Solomon Islands by the Research Vessel Petrel.
Helena CL50 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Helena CL-50 Covers Page 1    (1939-1943)

 

Postmarks

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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.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
FDC 3r (AC-BBT)

"BROOKLYN /
N.Y."

1939-09-18

GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19390918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19390918 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by George Neumann, sponsored by Frederick Horton.


 

Locy Type
FDC 3r (AC-BBT)

(No Killer Bar text)

1939-09-18

GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19390918 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19390918 4 Front.jpg

Commissioning. Cachet by George V. Sadworth, sponsored by the USS Brooklyn Crew No. 13, ANCS. From the John Young collection.
 

Locy Type
3r (AC-BBT)

1941-06-06

JonBurdett helena cl50 6641 pm.jpg
JonBurdett helena cl50 6641.jpg

Cachet by George V. Sadworth, sponsored by Wayne M. Garrett.


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)

1941-08-18

Bunter Helena CL 50 19410818 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Helena CL 50 19410818 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3z (BTB)

1942-05-01

JonBurdett helena cl50 19420501 pm.jpg
JonBurdett helena cl50 19420501.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"U.S.S. /
HELENA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-23a

1940-09-18

JonBurdett helena cl50 19400918 pm.jpg
JonBurdett helena cl50 19400918.jpg

1st commissioning anniversary fancy strike. Cachet by John C. Von Losberg


 

Locy Type F

"U.S.S. /
HELENA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-23b

1940-09-18

GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19400918 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19400918 1 Front.jpg

1st commissioning anniversary fancy strike. Cachet by John C. Von Losberg. From the John Young collection.


 

Locy Type F

"FIRST ANNIV. /
USS HELENA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. H-23c

1940-09-18

GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19400918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19400918 1 Back.jpg

1st commissioning anniversary fancy strike. Cachet by John C. Von Losberg. From the John Young collection.
 

Locy Type
FAKE

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3

1941-08-27

JonBurdett helena cl50 19410827 pm.jpg
JonBurdett helena cl50 19410827.jpg

Cachet by Sibley's Dept. Store (Hobby Shop)




 

Ship's Marking

1940-01-27

GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19400127 1Y Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Helena CL50 19400127 1Y Front.jpg

Shakedown Cruise Marking. Cachet by John C. Von Losberg. From the John Young collection.

 

Other Information

USS HELENA earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal w/ Fleet Clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS HELENA was at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941 at The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Helena, Montana

Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name HELENA - USS Helena PG-9, USS Helena CL-50, USS Helena CL-113 (Cancelled while under construction 1944), USS Helena CA-75 and USS Helena SSN-725

The ships sponsor was Miss Elinor Gudger.

 


 

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