SPRINGFIELD CG 7

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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.

    Cleveland Class Light Cruiser
    Keel Laid 13 February 1943 - Launched 9 March 1944

  1. USS SPRINGFIELD CL-66
    Commissioned 6 September 1944 - Decommissioned 17 September 1949

  2. USS SPRINGFIELD CLG-7
    Reclassified Guided Missile Light Cruiser (CLG) 23 May 1957 while in reserve
    Recommissioned 2 July 1960 - Decommissioned 15 June 1974

  3. USS SPRINGFIELD CG-7
    Reclassified Guided Missile Cruiser (CG) 1 July 1975 while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 30 September 1978
    Sold 11 March 1980 for scrap
Springfield CLG7 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Springfield CL-66 / CLG-7 Covers Page 1    (1945-71)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

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1st Commissioning 9 September 1944 to 17 September 1949

CL-66


 

Locy Type 2z

1945-10-25

JonBurdett springfield cl66 19451025 pm.jpg
JonBurdett springfield cl66 19451025.jpg

Tokyo Bay cachet.


 

Locy Type 2(n)

1946-05-01

GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19460501 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19460501 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type 2(n)

1947-07-12

GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19470712 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19470712 1 Front.jpg

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Locy Type 2(n)

1948-07-30

GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19480730 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19480730 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2#

(Br. #15959)

1945-10-25

JonBurdett springfield cl66 19451025-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett springfield cl66 19451025-1.jpg

As CL-66


 

Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-59

1945-09-02

GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19450902 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Springfield CL66 19450902 1 Front.jpg

Tokyo Bay cachet. Censored sailor's mail. From the Tom Kean collection.



2nd Commissioning 2 July 1960 to 15 June 1974

CLG-7


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1970-03-27

JonBurdett springfield clg7 19700327 pm.jpg
JonBurdett springfield clg7 19700327.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
2t(nu) (USS)

1961-01-11

GregCiesielski Springfield CLG7 19610111 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Springfield CLG7 19610111 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
7ditn+u
(POW)

1971-11-12

JonBurdett springfield clg7 197111112 pm.jpg
JonBurdett springfield clg7 197111112.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7tn+u (USS)

1965-09-17

GregCiesielski Springfield CLG7 19650917 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Springfield CLG7 19650917 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
LDPS 2(n+) (USS)

1974-01-30

GregCiesielski Springfield CLG7 19740130 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Springfield CLG7 19740130 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service. Add-on cachet by Stewart Milstein

 

Other Information

USS SPRINGFIELD earned the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the World War II Occupation Medal w/ Asia Clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

USS SPRINGFIELD CL-66 was at Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on 2 September 1945

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Springfield, IL and Springfield MA

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name SPRINGFIELD - USS Springfield (Stern wheel Steamboat 1863), USS Springfield (Steamboat 1918/1919), USS Springfield CG-7
and USS Springfield SSN-761

The ships co-sponsors were Miss Norma McCurley of Springfield, IL and Mrs. Angelina Bertera of Springfield, MA.

 


 

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