WEST VIRGINIA BB 48

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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.

    Colorado Class Battleship
    Keel Laid April 12 1920 - Launched November 17 1921

  1. USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48
    Commissioned December 1 1923
    SUNK (Aerial Torpedoes) December 7 1941
    Raised and repaired 1942-44
    Decommissioned January 9 1947

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1959
    Sold August 24 1959 to the Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. of New York City for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. USS West Virginia BB-48 Cover Page 1    (1925-37)
  2. USS West Virginia BB-48 Cover Page 2    (1938-45)

 

Postmarks

This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


 

Locy Type
2az

1943-08-06
to
1943-08-12

JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19430806 pm.jpg
JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19430806.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBB)

"BREMERTON /
WASH."

1936-09-10

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19360910 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19360910 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBB)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIFORNIA"

1938-10-12

GregCiesielski WestVirginia BB48 19381012 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski WestVirginia BB48 19381012 2 Front.jpg

Columbus Day 1938


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

1941-11-18

Wevepm.jpg
Weve.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
3z

1942-07-30

JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19420730 pm.jpg
JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19420730.jpg

Struck while under repair at Pearl Harbor


 

Locy Type
5hks

"INDEPENDENCE /
DAY"

1932-07-04

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19320704 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19320704 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
5hks

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIFORNIA"

1933-04-23

GregCiesielski West Virginia BB48 19330423 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski West Virginia BB48 19330423 1 Front.jpg

Official Mail from Vice Admiral David F. Sellers


 

Locy Type
5hks

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIFORNIA"

1933-05-14

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19330514 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19330514 1 front.jpg

Notes:
 

Locy Type
6

1932-07-26

JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19320726 pm.jpg
JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19320726.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6

1935-12-27

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19351227 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19351227 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
6 (AT SEA)

1930-10-04

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19301004 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19301004 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7

1927-06-27

GregCiesielski WestVirginia BB48 19270627 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski WestVirginia BB48 19270627 1 Front.jpg

Note:
 

Locy Type
7

1928-03-21

JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19280321 pm.jpg
JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19280321.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7qt(2)

1935-05-28

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19350528 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19350528 1 front.jpg

Note: Year is upside down in the postmark.


 

Locy Type
7qt(2)

1941-09-09

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19410909 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19410909 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7qt(2)

1941-11-03

Ferrell West Virginia BB 48 19411103 1 pm1.jpg
Ferrell WestVirginia BB48 19411103 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7z*

1945-01-20

JohnGermann West Virginia BB48 19450120 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann West Virginia BB48 19450120 1 Front.jpg

With Naval Hospital Auxiliary Marking


 

Locy Type
9v

1926-04-11

Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19260411 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter West Virginia BB 48 19260411 1 front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type F

"TOKYO BAY"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-20e

1945-09-02

GregCiesielski WestVirginia BB48 19450902 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski WestVirginia BB48 19450902 1 Front.jpg

Tokyo Bay strike


 

Locy Type P

"NAVY DAY /
SAN DIEGO /
CALIF."

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-20

1945-10-27

JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19451027-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19451027-1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-20c

1945-09-04

JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19450904 pm.jpg
JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19450904.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type PPO

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-20d

1927-05-21

JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19270521 ppo.jpg
JonBurdett westvirginia bb48 19270521.jpg

Note:

 

Other Information

WEST VIRGINIA earned 5 Battle Stars for WWII service

WEST VIRGINIA was at Pearl Harbor December 7 1941

WEST VIRGINIA was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender

NAMESAKE - Named for The State of West Virginia


 


 

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