TUSCALOOSA CA 37

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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 Cruiser
    Keel Laid 3 September 1931 - Launched 15 November 1933

  1. USS TUSCALOOSA CA-37
  2. Commissioned 17 August 1934 - Decommissioned 13 February 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 1 March 1959
    Sold 25 June 1959 for scrap

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Tuscaloosa CA-37 Covers Page 1    (1934-1945)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image

Post Office Established 5 July 1934 - Disestablished 1 April 1946


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (BC-BBT)

"FIRST DAY /
GREETINGS"

1934-08-17

Commissioning. Cachet sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce.


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (BC-BBT)

"FIRST DAY /
GREETINGS"

1934-08-17

Commissioning


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (BC-BBT)

"FIRST DAY /
GREETINGS"

1934-08-17

Commissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter 4, USCS. Designed by Ralph Casner and backstamped with Decatur Chapter R/S.


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1945-12-29

Note:


 

Locy Type
2z*

1945-11-13

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BBT)

"NAVY'S /
GREETINGS"

1935-10-27

Navy Day


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBB)

"VALLEJO /
CALIF"

1936-10-12

Columbus Day
Note: Postmarks also for: USS Arctic AF-7 - USS San Francisco CA-38 - USS Smith DD-378 and backstamped from Vallejo, CA / Mare Island Branch


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBB)

"PORTLAND /
OREGON"

1937-07-18

Fleet Week, cachet by Myron F. McCamley


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TTB)

"VALPARAISO /
CHILE"

1939-05-22

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

"CALLAO /
PERU"

1939-05-26

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)

1940-02-01

Keel Laying of USS Alabama BB-60


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1940-06-13

Launching cover for USS North Carolina BB-55. Cachet by M. Fay Muridge, sponsored Walter Czubay


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1941-07-17

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BTB)

"MERRY /
CHRISTMAS"

1942-12-17

Censored Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
6fp(2)

1941-05-14

Note:


 

Locy Type
9efu

1945-12-28

Backside of the postcard with the Dec 29 1945 Type 2(n) postmark.


 

Locy Type 9v (C)

(1936)

1936-08-04

Add-on cachet by Wolfgang Hechler.


 

Locy Type 9v

(1945)

1945-12-28

Backside of the postcard with the Dec 29 1945 Type 2(n) postmark.


 

Locy Type
9vz

1943-12-07

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type F

"NAVY DAY /
OAKLAND CALIF /
OCT 27 1935"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-33a

1935-10-27

Navy Day


 

Locy Type P
[3(A-BTT) with 2 wide bars]

1941-04-17

Note:


 

Locy Type
FAKE

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-3a

1941-11-17

Hobby Shop fake cancel

 

Other Information

USS TUSCALOOSA earned the Navy Combat Action Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal w/ "A" Clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the European-African-Middle Asian Campaign Medal w/ 5 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the World War II Occupation Medal w/ JAPAN Clasp and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Thomas Lee McCann, wife of Lt. Thomas L. McCann and the niece of the Hon. William B. Oliver, Representative of the 6th District of Alabama.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name TUSCALOOSA - USS Tuscaloosa CA-37 and USS Tuscaloosa LST-1187.

 


 

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