MARCUS ISLAND CVE 77

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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 Carrier
    Keel Laid 15 September 1943 as KANALKU BAY
    Renamed 6 November 1943 - Launched 16 December 1943
    Acquired by US Navy 26 January 1944

  1. USS MARCUS ISLAND CVE-77
  2. Commissioned 26 January 1944 - Decommissioned 12 December 1946

  3. USS MARCUS ISLAND CVHE-77
  4. Redesignated Escort Carrier (Helicopter) (CVHE) 12 June 1955 while in reserve

  5. USS MARCUS ISLAND AKV-27
  6. Redesignated Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry AKV-27 7 May 1959 while in reserve

    Sold 29 February 1960 to Comarket, Boston, Mass

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Marcus Island CVE-77 Covers Page 1     (1944-1946)

 

Postmarks

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Post office established 19 January 1944 - Disestablished 28 February 1946


 

Locy Type 2z

1944-08-11

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Locy Type
9efu

1946-01-29

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Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-12

1946-01-12

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Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-12A

1946-07-04

Independence Day


 

Locy Type Fv

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-12b

1946-01-29

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Other Information

USS MARCUS ISLAND earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ "Asia" clasp, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal (3 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - (Kanalku Bay) A bay east of Angoon, on the west coast of Admiralty Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska.

NAMESAKE - (Marcus Island) A small triangular island in the western Pacific about midway between Wake Island and the Bonins; named Minami Tori Shima by the Japanese; the site of an enemy naval base during World War II, subjected to U.S. naval bombardment beginning in March 1942, bypassed by the Allies during the westward advance across the Pacific; and surrendered by the Japanese August 31 1945.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. S. L. LaHache, wife of the late Captain LaHache, USN.

 


 

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