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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.

    General G. O. Squier Class Transport
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull
    Launched March 7 1945
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 20 1945

    Commissioned June 30 1945 - Decommissioned May 17 1946
    Transferred to U.S. Army May 17 1946

    Struck from Naval Register June 5 1946

    Commissioned May 17 1946 - Decommissioned 1950
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service

    Placed In Service March 1 1950 - Out of Service September 1954
    Returned to MARAD November 4 1959

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1960

  4. BROOKLYN (Commercial Service)
    Transferred to Sea-Land Service Lines April 20 1968 and renamed
    Sold to Puerto Rico Maritime Shipping Authority September 30 1974

  5. HUMACAO (Puerto Rican Registery)
    Renamed February 19 1975

  6. EASTERN LIGHT (Liberian Regestery)
    Sold to a Liberian Corporation June 2 1981 and renamed

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. 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 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
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type

(Br. #15921)




Other Information

GENERAL C. C. BALLOU received the following awards during her US Navy career - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (5) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - Charles Clarendon Ballou was born 13 June 1862 at Orange, N.Y., and graduated from the Military Academy in 1886. Entering the Infantry, Ballou served at various posts in the United States until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, when he was commissioned Major in the 7th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He fought in the Philippines during the ensuing insurrection and was awarded the Silver Star. Following Quartermaster duty in the United States after the war, and another assignment in the Philippines, Ballou commanded the 92d Division in France during World War I. His postwar service included regimental command at Fort George Wright, Wash., 1920-23. Major General Ballou died 23 July 1928 at Spokane, Wash. {DANFS}



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