SAN FRANCISCO CA 38

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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 Orleans Class Heavy Cruiser
    Keel Laid 9 September 1931 - Launched 9 March 1933

  1. USS SAN FRANCISCO CA-38
  2. Commissioned 10 February 1934 - Decommissioned 10 February 1946

    Stricken 1 March 1959 - Sold 9 September 1959 for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS San Francisco CA-38 Covers Page 1    (1934-1950)

 

Postmarks

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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


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"FIRST DAY IN /
COMMISSION"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-1a

1934-02-10

JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19340210 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19340210.jpg

Commissioning


 

Locy Type
FDC F

"FIRST DAY IN /
COMMISSION"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-1a

1934-02-10

GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19340210 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19340210 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-02-25

JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19460225 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19460225.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2z*

1945-06-19

JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19450619 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19450619.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBT)

"FLAG /
DAY"

1934-06-14

GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19340614 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19340614 1 Front.jpg

Flag Day, cachet by Myron F. McCamley and R. B. Hare


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBT)

"FLAG /
DAY"

1934-06-14

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19340614 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19340614 1 front.jpg

Flag Day, cachet by Myron F. McCamley and R. B. Hare


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBT)

"OUR NAVY /
AT PEACE"

1935-12-25

GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19351225 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19351225 1 Front.jpg

Christmas, cacheted


 

Locy Type
3 (B-TBT)

"FIRST DAY /
BAY BRIDGE"

1936-11-12

GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19361112 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bridge AF1 19361112 1 Front.jpg

Opening Day of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Cachet by Golden Bear Crew No. 14, ANCS
Also postmarked from USS California BB-44, USS Bridge AF-1 and USS Arctic AF-7 (on back).


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBB)

"NORFOLK /
VA"

1939-03-18

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19390318 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19390318 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)

1941-04-24

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19410424 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19410424 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (TBB)

"REMEMBER /
PEARL-HARBOR"

1941-12-07

GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19411207 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski SanFrancisco CA38 19411207 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby. The postmark is incorrect for the ship. The correct Type 3z postmark should be a Type 3z (BBT) and looking closely, the stamp was added over the postmark. The postmark, with it's patriotic battle cry, is backdated.


 

Locy Type
6egipr-1

1941-09-01

JonBurdett sanfran ca38 9141 pm6.jpg
JonBurdett sanfran ca38 9141.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6egipr-1

1939-10-27

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 front.jpg

Cachet is thermographed, cachet by Walter G. Crosby.


 

Locy Type
7d

1937-02-15

JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19370215 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19370215.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7d

1936-02-10

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19360210 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19360210 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7drz

1943-10-30

JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19431030 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19431030.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type 8

1935-05-28

JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19350528 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sanfrancisco ca38 19350528.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9v (C)

1936-10-12

GregCiesielski San Francisco CA 38 19361012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Arctic AF 7 19361012 2 Front.jpg

Postmarks also for: USS Arctic AF-7 - USS Smith DD-378 - USS Tuscaloosa CA-37 and backstamped from Vallejo, CA / Mare Island Branch - Cachet Category Columbus Day


 

Locy Type
9v (C)

1939-10-27

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 front.jpg

Cachet is thermographed.


 

Locy Type
9efw

1939-10-27

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 pm4.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 front.jpg

Cachet is thermographed.


 

Locy Type
9x (C)

1939-10-27

Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 pm5.jpg
Bunter San Francisco CA 38 19391027 1 front.jpg

Cachet is thermographed.

 

Other Information

USS SAN FRANCISCO earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Navy China Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal w/Fleet Clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 17 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy World War II Occupation Medal w/ Asia Clasp and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon during her Naval career.

USS SAN FRANCISCO was at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941 at The Pearl Harbor Navy Yard

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of San Francisco, CA

The ships sponsor was Miss Barbara M. Bailly.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name SAN FRANCISCO - USS San Francisco C-5, USS San Francisco CA-38 and USS San Francisco SSN-711.

 


 

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