LEXINGTON CV 2

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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.

    Lexington Class Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid 8 January 1921 as Command Ship CC-1
    Redesignated Carrier (CV) 1 July 1922
    Launched 3 October 1925

  1. USS LEXINGTON CV-2
    Commissioned 14 December 1927
    Heavily damaged (Bombs and Torpedoes) 8 May 1942 (Battle of Coral Sea)
    Scuttled by USS PHELPS DD-360
LEXINGTON PATCH.jpg


Naval Covers

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  1. USS Lexington CV-2 Covers Page 1    (1933-45)

 

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.
 
>>> 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


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3s (A)

"PENSACOLA /
FLORIDA"

1928-03-16

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19280316 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19280316 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)

1937-12-14

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19371214 1 pm.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19371214 1 Front.jpg

10th Anniversary, cachet by Frederick Horton


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1940-04-13

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19400413 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19400413 1 front.jpg

Cachet by Richard Buchwald, and sponsored by the Cleveland Cover Club


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

"ARMISTICE /
DAY"

1931-11-11

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19311111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19311111 1 Front.jpg

Armistice Day, cacheted.


 

Locy Type
3bs

1938-11-11

JonBurdett lexington cv2 19381111 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lexington cv2 19381111.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (TBT)

1942-02-22

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19420222 1 Postmark.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19420222 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 6

1928-03-15

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19280315 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19280315 1 front.jpg

Notes: Lexington's first day of postal service is listed as 1928-03-16 so this cancel is assumed to be backdated.


 

Locy Type
7qt

1937-05-09

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19370509 1 Postmark.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19370509 1.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
7qtz

1942-03-05

JonBurdett lexington cv2 19420305 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lexington cv2 19420305.jpg

Censored, WWII use


 

Locy Type 8

1928-06-04

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19280604 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19280604 1 Front.jpg

Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection


 

Locy Type 9

1934-04-07

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19340407 2 Postmark.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19340407 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by E. L. Beckwith


 

Locy Type 9v

(1928)

1928-03-28

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19280328 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19280328 1 Back.jpg

Registered. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson collection.


 

Locy Type 9v

1940-12-25

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19401225 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19401225 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9efw

1939-09-25

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19390925 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19390925 1 Front.jpg

Money Order Receipt Stub


 

Locy Type 9x

1940-12-25

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19401225 1 pm4.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19401225 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-11

1933-12-14

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19331214 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19331214 1 Front.jpg

6th Anniversary of Commissioning.


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-11a

1933-10-27

JonBurdett lexington cv2 19331027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lexington cv2 19331027.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-11b

1934-02-12

JonBurdett lexington cv2 19340212 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lexington cv2 19340212.jpg

Lincoln's Birthday 1934


 

Locy Type F

"OUR /
TWELFTH /
BIRTHDAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-11c

1939-12-14

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19391214 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 19391214 1 Front.jpg

12th Anniversary, cachet by Richard Buchwald


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-11d

1940-12-25

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19401225 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19401225 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. L-11e

1941-09-22

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19410922 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19410922 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
FAKE

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3b
("Star")

1941-10-03

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19411003 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19411003 1 front.jpg

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


 

Locy Type
SLO

"LEXINGTON /
CAPTURES /
HMS EDWARDS"

1934-04-07

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19340407 1 Postmark.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19340407 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by E. L. Beckwith


 

Locy Type
SLKo (35x4)

1937-12-17

Bunter Lexington CV 2 19371217 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Lexington CV 2 19371217 1.jpg

Unlisted straightline mark. Cachet is thermographed.




 

Locy Type
3 (C-BTT)

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIFORNIA"

1935-08-15

GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 VTS2B 19350815 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Lexington CV2 VTS2B 19350815 1 Front.jpg

U.S.S. Lexington CV-2 VT Squadron 2B

 

Other Information

USS LEXINGTON earned the American Defense Service Medal (w/ "Fleet" clasp), the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for Lexington, Massachusetts, where the colonial militia first fought the British in the American Revolutionary War.

There has been six ships of the US Navy that have borne the name LEXINGTON - USS Lexington (1776 Brigantine), USS Lexington (1825 Sloop), USS Lexington (1861 Timberclad Gunboat), USS Lexington CV-2, USS Lexington CV-16 and USS Lexington II (SP-705), later USS SP-705, a patrol boat in commission from 1917 to 1918.

 


 

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