NEW MEXICO BB 40

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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.


    New Mexico Class Battleship
    Keel Laid October 14 1915 as CALIFORNIA
    Renamed March 22 1916
    Launched April 13 1917

  1. USS NEW MEXICO Battleship No. 40
    Commissioned May 20 1918

  2. USS NEW MEXICO BB-40
    Designated (BB) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned July 19 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 25 1947
    Sold November 9 1947 for scrap
New Mexico BB 40 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS New Mexico BB-40 Covers Page 1    (1920-45)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

Post Office Established 1918 - Disestablished 1946


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1945-11-26

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19451126 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19451126.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2z

1945-09-02

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19450902 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19450902.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBT)

"NAVY DAY /
PHILA. PA"

1933-10-27

Bunter New Mexico BB 40 19331027 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter New Mexico BB 40 19331027 1 front.jpg

Navy Day 1933


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

"SAN FRANC /
CALIFORNIA"

1935-08-15

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTT)

"NAVY /
DAY"

1935-10-27

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19351027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19351027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day, cachet by John Coulthard


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTT)
(appears enlarged)

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIF"

1939-05-30

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19390530 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19390530.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

"BREMERTON /
WASH."

1940-03-28

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19400328r pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19400328.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3a (B)

1925-01-20

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19250120 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19250120.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

"BUY WAR /
BONDS"

1943-10-25

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19431025 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19431025.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
5hks

"BALBOA /
CANAL ZONE"

1931-02-24

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19310224 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19310224.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 6

1932-11-24

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19321124 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19321124 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
6 ("At Sea")

1938-03-16

Bunter New Mexico BB 40 19380316 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter New Mexico BB 40 19380316 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 7

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-10

1922-06-26

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19220626 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19220626 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 7

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-10b

1925-05-15

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19250515 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19250515.jpeg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7qt(2)

1935-06-26

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350626 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350626 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
7qtz(2)

1942-10-21

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19420821 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19420821.jpeg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type
9v 1934

1935-08-15

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 2a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 2 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
9v 1938-41

1938-02-23

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19380223-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19380223-1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v 1942

1942-08-19

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19420819 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19420819.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9w 1933

1935-08-15

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 3a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 3 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
9efw

1938-02-23

JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19380223 pm.jpg
JonBurdett newmexico bb40 19380223.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x 1932

1935-08-15

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 4a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19350815 2 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type P

(Type 3 dial
"U.S. FLEET")

(Killer text
"FIRST DAY /
NEW MEXICO")

1934-06-15

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19340615 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19340615 1 Front.jpg

See United States Fleet


 

Locy Type P

(Type 3 dial
"UNITED STATES FLEET")

(Killer text
"USS N MEX /
FLAG")

1934-11-11

GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19341111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski NewMexico BB40 19341111 1 Front.jpg

Armistice Day. UNCATALOGED postmark. See United States Fleet

 

Other Information

USS NEW MEXICO earned the following awards for her service during World War II - the American Defense Service Medal with "Fleet" clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with six battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal with "Asia" clasp and the Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars.

NEW MEXICO BB-40 was at Tokyo Bay on September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of New Mexico

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name NEW MEXICO - USS New Mexico BB-40 and USS New Mexico SSN-779

The ships sponsor was Miss Margaret Cabeza De Baca, the daughter of the recently deceased Governor of New Mexico, Ezequiel Cabeza De Baca (died 28 February 1917).

 


 

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