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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.

    Atlanta Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid May 15 1940 - Launched September 6 1941

    Commissioned February 28 1942 - Decommissioned November 9 1946
    Redesignated Anti-aircraft Light Cruiser (CLAA) February 28 1949, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1959
    Sold October 31 1961 to National Metals and Steel Co., Terminal Island, CA for scrap

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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. Covers Page 1     (1944-45)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

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


USPO Duplex

Quincy, Mass.


Stannard Launching Cachet


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-18


Censored wartime (WWII) use
First Day in Commission


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-18


First Day in Commission, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)





Other Information

SAN JUAN earned 13 Battle Stars (WWII)

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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