IOWA BB 61

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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.

    Iowa Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 27 June 1940 - Launched 27 August 1942

  1. USS IOWA BB-61
    Commissioned 22 February 1943 - Decommissioned 24 March 1949
    Recommissioned 25 August 1951 - Decommissioned 24 February 1958
    Recommissioned 28 April 1984 - Decommissioned 26 October 1990

    Struck from Naval Register 12 January 1995
    Retained as a parts source
    Reinstated 4 January 1999 on Naval Register and returned to Reserve Status
    Moved April 2001 to Susian Bay, Benicia CA

    Preserved as a memorial/museum at San Pedro CA
IOWA BB61 Crest.jpg

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 Iowa BB-61 Covers Page 1    (1943-2008)

 

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.


 

Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image

Post Office Established 22 February 1943 - Disestablished 22 September 1948


 

Locy Type 2(n)

1946-12-28

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19461228 1 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19461228 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 2(n)

1947-04-07

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19470407 1 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19470407 1 Front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
2(n) (USS)

1946-02-19

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19460219r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19460219.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-08-01

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19440801r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19440801.jpg

Censored, WWII use


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1943-10-08

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19431008 pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19431008.jpg

Censored, WWII use


 

Locy Type
9efsu

1947-05-30

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19470530r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19470530.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type P

"TOKYO /
BAY /
JAPAN"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. I-12b

1945-08-30

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19450830r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19450830.jpg

Censored, WWII use. Tokyo Bay


 

Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)

1948-09-22

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19480922 pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19480922.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service, Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson



Post Office Reestablished 10 September 1951 - Disestablished 2 December 1957


 

Locy Type 2r

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. I-12

1953-12-25

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19531225r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19531225.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 7

1954-11-05

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19541105 1 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19541105 1 Front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
9efu

1953-12-25

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19531225r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19531225.jpg

Note:



Post Office Reestablished 1 March 1984 - Disestablished 25 October 1990


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n) Apr 28, 1984

1984-04-28

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19840428r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19840428.jpg

First Day in Commission


 

Locy Type
2-1(n) (USN,USS)

1984-03-18

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19840318 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19840318 1 Front.jpg

Sea Trials


 

Locy Type
2-1(n) (USN,USS)

USS Iowa BB-61
USS Missouri BB-63
USS New Jersey BB-62

1984-07-02

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19860512r 1 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19860512 1 Front.jpg

Unique 3 Battleship cover, created by Tom Armstrong


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USN,USS)

1986-07-04

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19860704 pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowayorktown 19860704.jpg

International Naval Review - Statue of Liberty Centennial combo with USS Yorktown CG-48


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USN,USS)

1986-07-04

GregCiesielski USSIowa BB61 19860704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski USSIowa BB61 19860704 1 Cover.jpg

Rededication of the Statue of Liberty on July 4, 1986. International Naval Review - cachet by Nordic Cachets


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USN,USS)

1986-07-04

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19860704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19860704 1 Cover.jpg

First Day Cover of the Statue of Liberty stamp and International Naval Review. Cachet by House of Farnam.


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)

1990-07-18

Bunter Iowa BB 61 19900718 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Iowa BB 61 19900718 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D1,USS)

1990-10-25

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19901025r 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19901025 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS
Posted 1 day early


 

Locy Type
Meter OFR2 (#520194) ZIP 09545

1990-07-18
to
1990-07-18

Bunter Iowa BB 61 19900718 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Iowa BB 61 19900718 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n) Oct 26, 1990

1990-10-26

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19901026r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19901026.jpg

USCS Catalog does not list this cancel as LDC


 

Locy Type
LDC 2-1(n+) Oct 26, 1990

1990-10-26

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19901026 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 19901026 1 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
LDPS 9-1(n+u)(USN,USS)

1990-11-13

JonBurdett iowa bb61 19901113r pm.jpg
JonBurdett iowa bb61 19901113.JPG

Last Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
LDPS 9-1(n+) (USN,USS)

1990-11-13

Bunter Iowa BB 61 19901113 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Iowa BB 61 19901113 1 front.jpg

Last day of postal service is after the last day in commission.



USPS Pictorial Postmarks


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"65th Anniversary of Commissioning Station"

Brooklyn, NY

2008-02-22

GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 20080222 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Iowa BB61 20080222 1 Front.jpg

65th Anniversary of Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4,USCS


 

Other Information

USS IOWA earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy "E" Ribbon w/ three Battle E devices, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ nine Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with star, the Korean Service Medal w/ two Battle stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 stars, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the South Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 2 stars and the United Nations Korea Medal during her Naval career.

USS IOWA BB-61 was at Tokyo Bay on September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender.

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Iowa.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Ilo Browne Wallace (10 March 1888 – 22 February 1981).
Mrs. Wallace was the wife of Henry A. Wallace, the 33rd U.S Vice President and later Secretary of Commerce. She was the Second Lady of the United States from 1941 until 1945.

Six ships of the US Navy have borne the name IOWA - USS Iowa (1838 Steamboat), USS Ammonoosuc (1864 Monitor, renamed IOWA), USS Iowa BB-4, USS Iowa BB-53 (canceled 1923), USS Iowa BB-61 and USS Iowa SSN-797.

 


 

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