MEDUSA AR 1

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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.


    Medusa Class Fleet Repair Ship
    Keel Laid January 2 1920 - Launched April 16 1920

  1. USS MEDUSA AR-1
    Commissioned September 18 1924 - Decommissioned November 18 1946

    Struck from Naval Register June 10 1947
    Transferred to Maritime Commission for disposal

    Sold August 24 1950 to Ziedell Shipwrecking Co., Portland, OR for scrap
Medusa AR1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1927-34)
  2. Covers Page 2    (1935-45)

 

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.
 
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Postmark Type
---
Killer Bar Text

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


 

Locy Type
2z

1945-05-06

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19450506 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19450506.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIF"

1925-03-14

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19250314 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19250314 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

"ARMISTICE /
DAY"

1931-11-11

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19311111 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19311111.jpg

Armistice Day 1931


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

"MERRY /
CHRISTMAS"

1932-12-25

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19321225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19321225 1 Front.jpg

Christmas 1932
Cachet by Harry Ioor


 

Locy Type
3 (A)

"MERRY /
CHRISTMAS"

1932-12-25

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19321225 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19321225 1 Front.jpg

Close-up view of ship's SL marking on Dec 25 1932 cover.


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

Period not showing

1933-05-30

Bunter Medusa AR 1 19330530 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Medusa AR 1 19330530 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

Period not showing

1933-10-27

Bunter Medusa AR 1 19331027 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Medusa AR 1 19331027 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

1933-12-25

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19331225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19331225 1 Front.jpg

Christmas 1933
Cachet sponsored by Sarah Litton and "Fighting Bob" Evans Chapter No. 7, USCS
Signed by NMC A.A. Lopp


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

1933-12-25

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19331225 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19331225 1 Front.jpg

Close-up view of ship's SL markings on Dec 25 1933 cover


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"1935 FLEET /
MANEUVERS"

1935-05-20

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19350520 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19350520.jpg

Cachet sponsored by The Black Cat...A favorite "hangout" for miliitary personel on Oahu


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIFORNIA"

1936-09-15

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360915 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Back.jpg

Postmark from the back side of the Sept 16 1938 cover.
Also signed and stamped from the NMC C. H. Wainscott.


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

"PORTLAND /
ORE."

1938-07-28

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19380728 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19380728.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

1935-07-04

Bunter Medusa AR 1 19350704 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Medusa AR 1 19350704 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIFORNIA"

1936-09-14

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360914 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Back.jpg

Postmark from the back side of the Sept 18 1936 cover.
Also signed and stamped from the NMC C. H. Wainscott.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"12TH /
BIRTHDAY"

1936-09-18

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Front.jpg

12th Anniversary of Commissioning.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"12TH /
BIRTHDAY"

1936-09-18

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 2 Back.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Back.jpg

Close-up view of the NMC's signature and R/S marking. NMC C. H. Wainscott.


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

1939-11-08

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19391108 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19391108 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day cachet by Richard Buchwald used after the date.


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

"ALOHA FROM /
HAWAII"

1940-11-06

JonBurdett medusa ar1 11640 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 11640.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

1940-12-25

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19401225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19401225 1 Front.jpg

Christmas label from USCS Insiders Chapter No. 55, USCS


 

Locy Type
3s

"SAN /
FRANCISCO"

1932-04-27

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19320427 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19320427 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
3s

1931-07-14

Bunter Medusa AR 1 19310714 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Medusa AR 1 19310714 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3z

1942-01-16

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19420116 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19420116.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7

1941-09-25

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19410925 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19410925 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7z

1942-11-14

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19421114 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19421114.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v

1927-11-29

Bunter Medusa AR 1 19271129 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Medusa AR 1 19271129 1 front.jpg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
9v

1936-09-18

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Front.jpg

12th Anniversary of Commissioning.


 

Locy Type
9v

1942-01-15
to
1942-01-18

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19420115 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19420115.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9efw

1936-09-18

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Front.jpg

12th Anniversary of Commissioning.


 

Locy Type
9x

"12 /
YRS /
OLD"

1936-09-18

GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Medusa AR1 19360918 1 Front.jpg

12th Anniversary of Commissioning.


 

Locy Type
9x

1936-11-11

Bunter Medusa AR 1 19361111 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Medusa AR 1 19361111 1 front.jpg

Notes:Unlisted 9x


 

Locy Type
Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-89

1942-05-08

JonBurdett medusa ar1 194205080 pm.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 194205080.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
SLPbs (46 x 3.5)

1939-01-01

JonBurdett medusa ar1 19390101r pmsl.jpg
JonBurdett medusa ar1 19390101.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
Unlisted Received

1938-12-25

JonBurudett medusa ar1 19381225 recd.jpg
JonBurudett medusa ar1 19381225.jpg

Note: Christmas 1938


 

Locy Type
RECD

1938-12-25

Bunter Medusa AR 1 19381225 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Medusa AR 1 19381225 1 front.jpg

Note: Cachet is thermographed.

 

Other Information

MEDUSA earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
*Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal.

NAMESAKE - Named for one of the Gorgons of Greek mythology.

 

The following pamphlet was included in a cover dated 1934-05-30:

Bunter medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet1.jpg

Page 1
Bunter medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet2.jpg

Page 2
Bunter medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet3.jpg

Page 3
Bunter medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet4.jpg

Page 4

The following pamphlet is dated 1939-06-29:

Ciesielski medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet1.jpg

Page 1
Ciesielski medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet2.jpg

Page 2
Ciesielski medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet3.jpg

Page 3
Ciesielski medusa ar 1 19340530 pamphlet4.jpg

Page 4

 


 

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