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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 (date unknown) - Launched 8 July 1939

  2. Commissioned 10 December 1939 - Decommissioned 19 September 1970

    Struck from Naval Register 25 September 1970
    Sold 14 May 1971 for scrap
Platte AO24 Crest.jpg

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 Platte AO-24 Covers Page 1    (1940-1969)



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

Post Office Established 25 January 1940 - Disestablished 19 September 1970


Locy Type



GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19400127 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19400127 2 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Al Cohen


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett platte ao24 19691201r pm.jpg
JonBurdett platte ao24 19691201.jpg

30 Years in Commission


Locy Type 2r


GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19590408 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19590408 1 Front.jpg

Eagle cachet.


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19480420 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19480420 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type
3r (A-TBT)


JonBurdett platte ao24 19461117r pm.jpg
JonBurdett platte ao24 19461117.jpg



Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)



JonBurdett platte ao24 19400422 pm.jpg
JonBurdett platte ao24 19400422.jpg



Locy Type 9v


JonBurdett samuelnmoore dd747 19450804 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett samuelnmoore dd747 19450804.jpg

Censored, WWII use. Mark from back of USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 cover.


Locy Type 9efw


GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19400221 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Platte AO24 19400221 1 Front.jpg

From the Tom Kean collection.


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-32


JonBurdett platte ao24 19411001r pm.jpg
JonBurdett platte ao24 19411001.jpg



Other Information

USS PLATTE earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 11 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 bronze stars, the Korean Service Medal w/ 6 Battle stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 Bronze star, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 8 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (9 awards), the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the 1836 Platte Purchase that included the Platte Rivers in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. Her memorial in Platte County, Missouri honors all four rivers that share the name recorded by Lewis and Clark in 1803.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Harold R. Stark.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name PLATTE - USS Platte AO-24 and USS Platte AO-186.



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