SUWANNEE CVHE 27

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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.

    Sangamon Class Escort Carrier
    Keel Laid 3 June 1938 as civilian tanker MARKAY
    Launched 4 March 1939 - Acquired by U.S. Navy 26 June 1941
    Designated and Renamed 26 June 1941

  1. USS SUWANNEE AO-33
    Commissioned 16 July 1941

  2. USS SUWANNEE AVG-27
    Redesignated Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG) 14 February 1942
    Decommissioned February 21 1942

  3. USS SUWANNEE ACV-27
    Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV) 20 August 1942
    Recommissioned 24 September 1942

  4. USS SUWANNEE CVE-27
    Reclassified Escort Carrier (CVE) 15 July 1943
    Placed in reserve status with the 16th Fleet at Boston 28 October 1946
    Decommissioned 8 January 1947

  5. USS SUWANNEE CVHE-27
    Reclassified Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier(CVHE) 12 June 1955, while in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register 1 March 1959
    Sold on 30 November 1959 for conversion to merchant service, but the project was subsequently canceled
    Hulk resold May 1961

    Scrapped in Bilbao, Spain, starting in June 1962.

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Suwannee CVE-27 Covers Page 1     (1946)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

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1st Commissioning 16 July 1941 to 21 February 1942


 

Locy Type 3z

1941-07-16

GregCiesielski Suwannee AO33 19410716 1 Front.jpg

N/A

AO-33. First Day of Commission, cachet by Walter Czubay. Postmark did not originate from the ship. Ship's name misspelled "SUWANEE" in the cachet.


 

Locy Type
SL2b (38x3)

1941-10-30

GregCiesielski Suwannee AO33 19411030 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Suwannee AO33 19411030 1 Front.jpg

AO-33. Straightline marking, cachet by Mae Weigand. Ship's name misspelled "SUWANEE" in the marking and cachet.



2nd Commissioning 24 September 1942 to 8 January 1947


 

Locy Type
2# (used after POD)

(Br. #16114)

1946-07-30

GregCiesielski Suwannee AO33 19460730 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Suwannee AO33 19460730 1 Front.jpg

CVE-27. Post Office discontinued 20 June 1946.


 

Locy Type 3z

1944-06-11

JohnGermann Suwannee CVE27 19440611 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Suwannee CVE27 19440611 1 Front.jpg

CVE-27


 

Locy Type
9efsu

1945-08-12

GregCiesielski Suwannee CVE27 19450812 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Suwannee CVE27 19450812 1 Back.jpg

CVE-27. Registered, Official mail. From the Richard F. Hoffner collection.


 

Locy Type 9#

(Br. #16114)

1946-04-24

JonBurdett suwannee cve27 19460424 pm.jpg
JonBurdett suwannee cve27 19460424.jpg

CVE-27

 

Other Information

USS SUWANNEE earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal (w/ "A" device), the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 13 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and two (2) Philippine Liberation Medals during her Naval Career.

NAMESAKE - Named for a river which rises in Ware County, southeastern Georgia and flows southwest across Florida to empty into the Gulf of Mexico at Suwannee Sound. An earlier US warship had been named Suwanee, an alternate spelling.

 


 

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