INDEPENDENCE CVL 22

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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 May 1 1941 as Light Cruiser AMSTERDAM CL-59
    Redesignated Light Aircraft Carrier
    Renamed February 12 1942
    Launched August 22 1942

  1. USS INDEPENDENCE CV-22
    Commissioned January 14 1943

  2. USS INDEPENDENCE CVL-22
    Redesignated Small Aircraft Carrier (CVL) July 15 1943
    Decommissioned August 28 1946
    Assigned as target vessel for Bikini atomic bomb tests (Operation Crossroads) July 1 1946

    Sunk January 29 1951 as target off the coast of California
INDEPENDENCE CVL Patch.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1943-46)

 

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

Date From
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established January 14 1943 - Disestablished August 13 1946


 

Locy Type
2(n) October 27 1945

1945-10-27

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19451027 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22
Navy Day 1945


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-01-30

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19460130 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19460130 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-05-01

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19460501 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19460501 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22. Photo cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
2#

(Br. #15450)

1945-09-24

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19450924 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19450924 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22
Official Mail


 

Locy Type
2#

(Br. #15450)

1945-10-13

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19451013 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19451013 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22
Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

1943-05-21

GregCiesielski Independence CV22 19430521 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CV22 19430521 1 Front.jpg

As CV-22
Censored Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

1943-10-13

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19431013 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19431013 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22
Censored Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

1944-06-25

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19440625 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19440625 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22
Censored Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
9efsu

1944-02-06

Bunter Independence CVL 22 19440206 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Independence CVL 22 19440206 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9ruz

1943-07-27

JonBurdett independence cvl22 19430727 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett independence cvl22 19430727.jpg

As CVL-22
Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9#

(Br. #15450)

1945-07-26

GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19450726 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Independence CVL22 19450726 1 Front.jpg

As CVL-22
Backside of cover. Type 9 from USS Escalante AO-70 also.

 

Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8 stars) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - Named to commemorate 3 U.S. warships which had previously borne the name.

 


 

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