OKLAHOMA BB 37

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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.


    Nevada Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 26 October 1912 - Launched 23 March 1914

  1. USS OKLAHOMA Battleship No. 37
  2. Commissioned 2 May 1916

  3. USS OKLAHOMA BB 37
  4. Designated (BB) 17 July 1920
    SUNK by Aerial Torpedoes 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbor Hawaii
    429 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty
    Hulk raised 1943
    Decommissioned 1 September 1944

    Struck from Naval Register 1 September 1944
    Hulk sank while under tow to breakers 17 May 1947

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Oklahoma BB-37 Covers Page 1    (1917-1936)
  2. USS Oklahoma BB-37 Covers Page 2    (1937-1944)

 

Postmarks

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.
 
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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
To
Cover Image

Post office established 1916 - Disestablished 1942


 

Locy Type 1u

1921-01-03

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19210103 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19210103.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 1z

1918-02-14

GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19180214 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19180214 1 Front.jpg

Passed by Censor, WWI
 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

1917-09-08

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19170908r pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19170908.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBB)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7b

1934-12-04

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19341204 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19341204.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBB)

"PEARL /
HARBOR T. H."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7c

1935-05-29

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19350529 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19350529 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBB)

"FLEET WEEK /
SEATTLE WN."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7c

1935-08-03

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19350803 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19350803 1 front.jpg

Note: Cachet is thermographed.


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBB)

"PEARL /
HARBOR T. H."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7c

1935-05-28

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19350528 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19350528 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBB)

"BREMERTON /
NAVY YARD"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7c

1935-10-27

GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19351027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19351027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day, cachet by Barney Ingram, sponsored by the Bremerton Stamp Society


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7d

1937-02-22

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370222 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370222 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)

"HONOLULU /
HAWAII"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7d

1938-04-12

GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19380412 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19380412 1 Front.jpg

Hawai'i Visit, cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BTT)

"PALMA /
SPAIN"

1936-08-20

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19360820 1 pmr.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19360820 1 front.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTB)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIFORNIA"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7e

1937-01-12

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370112r pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370112.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTB)

"GOTEBORG /
SWEDEN"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7e

1936-07-03

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19360703 1 pmr.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19360703 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"BREMERTON /
WASH,"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7f

1939-07-04

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19390704 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19390704.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7g

1941-07-23

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 72341 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 72341.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7g

1941-07-23

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19410723 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19410723 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7g

1941-11-07

LFerrell Oklahoma BB 37 19411107 1 pm1.jpg
LFerrell Oklahoma BB37 19411107 1 Front.jpg

Note: See "Late Date" Pearl Harbor Project to see 2 pages of the letter with this cover
 

Locy Type
3s

1927-07-05

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19270705 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19270705.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
3s (A)

"PONCE /
PORTO RICO"

1930-04-07

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19300407r pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19300407.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIFORNIA"

1930-11-04

GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19301104 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19301104 1 Front.jpg

Official Business


 

Locy Type
3s (A)

1932-04-26

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19320426 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19320426 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (AC)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

1922-05-20

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19220520 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19220520 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
5s (C)

1929-09-05

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19290905 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19290905 1 front.jpg

Note: Cachet is an add-on.
 

Locy Type
6

1928-05-26

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19280526r pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19280526.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6

(Time Inverted)

1928-05-26

GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19280626 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19280626 1 Front.jpg

Note: Incoming First Day Cover (Sc. 645) to Dr. Francis Locy
Bruce D. Liddell collection
 

Locy Type
7

1939-02-19

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19390219 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19390219.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7

1937-05-30

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370530 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370530 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9 with bars

1925-11-16

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19251116 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19251116 1 front.jpg

Note: The postmark year is unreadable. 1925 is a guess.
 

Locy Type
9

1937-06-22

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370622r pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370622.JPG

Note:
 

Locy Type
9v 1927

1927-09-19

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19270919 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19270919.jpg

On cut piece
 

Locy Type
9v 1936

1937-01-12

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370112r pm9v.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370112.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9w

1937-06-21

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370621 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370621 1 front.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
9efw

1937-06-28

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370628 pm.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19370628.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x

1937-06-28

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370628 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 19370628 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7a

1917-06-17

GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19170617 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19170617 1 Front.jpg

Passed By Censor, WWI use.


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. O-7h

1917-04-17

GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19170417 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Oklahoma BB37 19170417 Front.jpg

Note:




 

Locy Type
2z

Locy Type PPO
FLEET AIR BASE /
HAWAII

1944-02-12

JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19440212.jpg
JonBurdett oklahoma bb37 19440212 cach.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use
Ship refloated


 

USPS Pictorial

2001-12-07

Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 20011207 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Oklahoma BB 37 20011207 1 front.jpg

Notes:

 

Other Information

USS OKLAHOMA earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle Star, the World War I Victory Medal and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS OKLAHOMA was at Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 and suffered 429 casualties.

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of Oklahoma.

The ships sponsor was Ms. Lorena J. Cruce, daughter of Oklahoma Governor Lee Cruce.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name OKLAHOMA - USS Oklahoma BB-37 and USS Oklahoma SSN-802.

 


 

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