First day cover for the U.S.S. UTAH

first day cover

USA, VA, Hampton
overall: 3-5/8 x 6-1/2 in.

First day cover for the U.S.S. UTAH (AG-16, built as BB-31, 1909), mobile target ship; front of envelope has no cachet, printed on left is short history of United States Navy battleships, 1907-1938; duplicate stamps on right feature portraits of John Paul Jones on left and John Barry on right with three square-rigged vessel in the middle, printed on stamp "UNITED STATES POSTAGE/ JONES/ BARRY/ BON HOMME RICHARD LEXINGTON/ 1 ONE CENT 1"; stamps postmarked "U.S.S./ APR18/ 19 30AM/ 1938/ UTAH"; address stamped on front "V. C. Shank/ Box 55, Route 1/ Hampton, Va."; address stamped on back "C. E. FROWE/ 4062 BLACK POINT RD./ HONOLULU, HAWAII"; stamped on back "SUNK"; handwritten on back "1352". The U.S.S. UTAH was hit by torpedoes and capsized during the attack on Pearl Harbor, with 64 men killed (see correspondence file).


Related Events

Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941

Related Subjects

United States. Navy