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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.

    Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid 22 June 1938 - Launched 24 April 1939

    Commissioned 7 August 1939
    Fatally damaged by Aircraft 11 May 1942 during The Battle of Coral Sea

    Scuttled by gunfire from USS HENLEY DD-391


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 Neosho AO-23 Covers Page 1    (1939-1942)



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
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service, Cachet by Lloyd A. Nace


Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)





Locy Type
3z (BBT)


Manuscript ship's name on front


Other Information

USS NEOSHO earned the Combat Action Ribbon (2 awards), the American Defense Campaign Medal (with Fleet clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS NEOSHO was at Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941

NAMESAKE - A river flowing south from its source in Morris County in east central Kansas until emptying into the Arkansas River near Fort Gibson in Muskogee County, OK.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Emory S. Land, wife of Rear Adm. Emory S. Land (Ret.), Chairman of the Maritime Commission.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name NEOSHO - USS Neosho (1863 River Monitor), USS Neosho AO-23, USS Neosho AO-48 and USNS Neosho T-AO-143.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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