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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.

    Barrett Class Transport
    Keel Laid as SS President Adams 1 August 1949
    Launched 9 October 1950
    Renamed Geiger 2 January 1951 while under conversion for the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)

    Acquired by the Navy 13 September 1952 and Placed in Service
    Placed out of service (Date Unknown)

  2. T/S BAY STATE IV (Training Ship)
    Withdrawn from reserve and loaned to Massachusetts Maritime Academy 12 February 1980 & renamed
    Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1983
    Returned to MARAD 11 August 1983
    Sold for scrapping 23 October 1986

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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. USNS Geiger T-AP-197 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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


Locy Type
10949 Branch
San Juan, Puerto Rico


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USNS GEIGER earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - General Roy Stanley Geiger, USMC (25 January 1885 - 23 January 1947)
        Geiger was a United States Marine Corps four-star general who served in World War I and World War II. In World War II, he became the first Marine Corps general to lead an army-sized force.
        Geiger commanded the III Amphibious Corps in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 before assuming the command of the U.S. Tenth Army upon the combat death of its commander, Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.. Geiger successfully led the Tenth Army until relieved by General Joseph Stilwell.
Marine Corps base Camp Geiger in North Carolina is named in his honor.



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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