PRINCETON LPH 5

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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.

    Essex Class Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid September 14 1943 as VALLEY FORGE
    Renamed November 21 1944
    Launched July 18 1945

  1. USS PRINCETON CV-37
    Commissioned November 18 1945 - Decommissioned June 21 1949
    Recommissioned August 28 1950

  2. USS PRINCETON CVA-37
    Redesignated Attack Aircraft Carrier (CVA) October 1 1952

  3. USS PRINCETON CVS-37
    Modified and reclassified Anti-submarine Aircraft Carrier (CVS) November 12 1953

  4. USS PRINCETON LPH-5
    Reclassified Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter) (LPH) March 2 1959
    Decommissioned January 30 1970

    Sold September 1973 for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Princeton CV-37 / CVA-37 / CVS-37 / LPH-5 Covers Page 1    (1945-1969)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image

Post Office Established November 1 1945 - Disestablished April 15 1949


 

Locy Type
FDC 2(n) Nov 18, 1945

1945-11-18

JonBurdett princeton cv37 19451118r pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton cv37 19451118.jpg

CV-37. First Day in Commission


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-05-12

JonBurdett princeton cv37 19460512 pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton cv37 19460512.JPG

CV-37. Cachet by Morris W. Beck


 

Locy Type
2tnu

1948-10-27

GregCiesielski Princeton CV37 19481027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Princeton CV37 19481027 1 Front.jpg

CV-37. Navy Day


 

Locy Type
9ef(nu)

1946-07-04

GregCiesielski Princeton CV37 19460704r 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Princeton CV37 19460704 1 Front.jpg

CV-37. Independence Day, cachet by Glenn W. Dye


Post Office Reestablished September 8 1950 - Disestablished December 10 1969


 

Locy Type
2

1953-09-06

JonBurdett princeton cva37 19530906 pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton cva37 19530906.jpg

CVA-37


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (LPH,USS)

1968-01-10
to
1968-01-11

JonBurdett princeton lph5 19680110 pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton lph5 19680110.jpg

LPH-5


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u) (LPH)

1962-06-20

JonBurdett princeton lph5 19620620 pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton lph5 19620620.jpg

LPH-5


 

Locy Type
7t(1)

1952-09-10

JonBurdett princeton cv37 19520910 pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton cv37 19520910.jpg

CV-37


 

Locy Type
7t(1)

1954-05-11

JonBurdett princeton cvs37 19540511 pm.jpg
JonBurdett princeton cvs37 19540511.jpg

CVS-37


 

Locy Type
9efu 1950

1954-05-11

JonBurdett princeton cvs37 19540511 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett princeton cvs37 19540511.jpg

CVS-37


 

Locy Type
9efu 1959

1961-08-29

JonBurdett princeton lph5 19610829 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett princeton lph5 19610829.jpg

LPH-5

 

Other Information

USS PRINCETON earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 8 Battle stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), the Vietnam Service Campaign Medal w/ 5 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A borough in west central New Jersey, scene of a famous Revolutionary War battle January 2–3 1777 and birthplace of Capt. R. F. Stockton.

Six ships of the US Navy have borne the name PRINCETON - USS Princeton (1843 Screw Sloop), USS Princeton (1852 Transport and Training Ship), USS Princeton PG-13,
USS Princeton CVL-23, USS Princeton LPH-5 and USS Princeton CG-59.

 


 

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