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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.

    Mount Hood Class Ammunition Ship
    Keel Laid 13 March 1944 as SS WINGED RACER
    Launched 12 May 1944 - Acquired by US Navy 29 June 1944

    Commissioned 27 December 1944 - Decommissioned 21 February 1946
    Recommissioned 11 October 1951 - Decommissioned 19 March 1971

    Struck from Naval Register 15 July 1976
    Sold 1 December 1977 for scrap

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Firedrake AE-14 Covers Page 1    (1952-1970)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Reestablished 1 January 1952 - Disestablished 16 November 1970


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
FDPS 9efu


First Day Postal Service, add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner


Locy Type 2


At this timeframe, she was on her first Western Pacific (WestPac) tour to Korea to support the war efforts.


Locy Type 2(n+)


Unlisted in the USCS Postmark Catalog, 5th Ed. Courtesy of the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-38




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type


Favor strike on stamp block applied to cover


Locy Type
LDPS 2t(n+u) (USS)


Last Day Postal Service


Locy Type
LDPS 9ef(nu)


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

USS FIREDRAKE earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korea Service Medal w/ 4 Battle stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 Campaign stars, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Philippines Liberation Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A fire-breathing dragon of Germanic mythology.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. R. M. Kitchins.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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