YORKTOWN CV 5

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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.

    Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier
    Keel Laid May 21 1934 - Launched April 4 1936

  1. USS YORKTOWN CV-5
    Commissioned September 30 1937
    SUNK (War Loss) June 7 1942 Battle of Midway
    A number of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on active duty

    Struck from Naval Register October 2 1942
YORKTOWN PATCH.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Yorktown CV-5 Covers Page 1    (1936-41)

 

Postmarks

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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

Post office established September 30 1937 - Disestablished June 1 1942


 

Locy Type
FDC 3 (AC-BBT)

"NORFOLK /
VIRGINIA"

1937-09-30

GregCiesielski Yorktown CV5 19370930 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Yorktown CV5 19370930 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, cachet by Leo A. Schupp


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-BBT)

"NAVY /
DAY"

1937-10-27

JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19371027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19371027.jpg

Navy Day cachet by Frederick Horton


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"PEARL /
HARBOR,T.H."

1941-04-18

Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19410418 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19410418 1.jpg

Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

"NAVY /
DAY"

1939-10-27

JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19391027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19391027.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BTB)

1941-08-27

JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19410827 pm.jpg
JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19410827.jpg

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Locy Type
6ep(2)

1940-04-10

Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
7r

1941-04-15

JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19410415 pm.jpg
JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19410415.jpg

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Locy Type
7rz

1942-04-03

JohnGermann Yorktown CV5 19420403 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Yorktown CV5 19420403 1 Front.jpg

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Locy Type
9v

1940-04-10

Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1 pm3.jpg
Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1.jpg

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Locy Type
9efw 1937

1940-04-10

Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1 pm4.jpg
Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1.jpg

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Locy Type
9efw 1941

1942-04-10

JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19420410 pm.jpg
JonBurdett yorktown cv5 19420410.jpg

Favor strike on stamp block applied to cover


 

Locy Type
9x

1940-04-10

Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1 pm5.jpg
Bunter Yorktown CV 5 19400410 1.jpg

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Other Information

USS YORKTOWN earned the American Defense Service Medal (w/ "A" device), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 3 Battle stars) and the World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Named after a town in Virginia, where the climactic battle of the American Revolution was fought in the autumn of 1781

Five ships of the U.S. Navy have borne this name -
USS Yorktown (1839), a 16-gun sloop-of-war commissioned in 1840 (sunk in 1850)
USS Yorktown (PG 1), the lead Yorktown-class gunboat commissioned in 1889 (sold in 1921)
USS Yorktown (CV 5), the lead Yorktown-class aircraft carrier commissioned in 1937 (sunk in 1942)
USS Yorktown (CV 10), an Essex-class aircraft carrier commissioned in 1943 (museum ship since 1975)
USS Yorktown (CG 48), a Ticonderoga-class cruiser commissioned in 1984 (awaiting scrapping)

 


 

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