WASHINGTON BB 56

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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.

    North Carolina Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 14 June 1938 - Launched 1 June 1940

  1. USS WASHINGTON BB-56
  2. Commissioned 15 May 1941 - Decommissioned 27 June 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 1 June 1960
    Sold 1 June 1961 and broken up for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Washington BB-56 Covers Page 1    (1940-1946)

 

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 3 (A-TTT)

"FIRST DAY IN /
COMMISSION"

1941-05-15

GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410515 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410515 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Jacques Minkus


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (A-TTT)

"FIRST DAY IN /
COMMISSION"

1941-05-15

GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410515 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410515 2 Front.jpg

Cachet by Walter Czubay


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (A-TTT)

"FIRST DAY IN /
COMMISSION"

1941-05-15

GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410515 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410515 3 Front.jpg

Cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-03-18

JonBurdett washington bb56 19460318 pm.jpg
JonBurdett washington bb56 19460318.jpeg

Notes:


 

Locy Type
3z (TTB)

1941-12-07

Bunter Washington BB 56 19411207 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Washington BB 56 19411207 1 front.jpg

Cachet by Ludwig W. Staehle and sponsored by the John Paul Jones Chapter No. 2 ,USCS


 

Locy Type
3z (TTB)

1941-00-26

GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410026 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19410026 1 Front.jpg

Censored sailor's mail


 

Locy Type
7qt(1)

1946-05-15

JonBurdett washington bb56 19460515 pm.jpg
JonBurdett washington bb56 19460515.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7qtz(2)

1943-08-14

JonBurdett washington bb56 19430814 pm.jpg
JonBurdett washington bb56 19430814.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9ruz

1943-07-27
to
1943-08-11

JonBurdett washington bb56 19430727 pm.jpg
JonBurdett washington bb56 19430727.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
9fw

1941-05-31

Bunter Washington BB 56 19410531 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Washington BB 56 19410531 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-Z4

1943-06-23

JonBurdett washington bb56 19430623 pm.jpg
JonBurdett washington bb56 19430623.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-10

1945-10-27

GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19451027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Washington BB56 19451027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day, recycled First Day Cover cachet.

 

Other Information

USS WASHINGTON earned 13 battle stars during World War II in operations that had carried her from the Arctic Circle to the western Pacific

NAMESAKE - Named for the State of Washington

The ships sponsor was Miss Virginia Marshall, great-great-great granddaughter of John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name WASHINGTON - USS Washington ACR-11, USS Washington BB-47 (Never completed), USS Washington BB-56 and USS Washington SSN-787.

 


 

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