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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.

    Admiral W. S. Benson Class Transport
    Keel Laid 29 November 1943 - Launched 27 July 1944

    Commissioned 31 January 1945 - Decommissioned 3 May 1946

    Commissioned by the US Army Transportation Service 30 August 1946

    Renamed December 1946 - Decommissioned 1950

    Reacquired by the Navy 1 March 1950 and Placed in Service
    Placed out of Service 1967

    Title transferred to MARAD 30 September 1968
    Struck from the Naval Register 9 October 1969
    Title transferred to US Navy in March 1990 for stripping
    Returned to reserve and title transferred to the MARAD, 28 September 1992
    Sold for scrapping 15 April 2010, completed 20 January 2011

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 General Edwin D. Patrick T-AP-124 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


Machine Postmark

Oakland, CA


The postmark was applied to the reverse of the cover. A "SEA STAMP / P. O. BOX AFLOAT" handstamp was applied to the front. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS ADMIRAL C. F. HUGHES / GENERAL EDWIN D. PATRICK earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 3 Campaign stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Admiral Charles Frederick Hughes, USN (14 October 1866 - 28 May 1934)
        Hughes was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1884. Upon graduation on 8 June 1888, he went to the Fleet for the customary two years at sea preceding a commission as an ensign. He received that commission on 1 July 1890, and his promotion to lieutenant (junior grade) came on 27 April 1898. During the Spanish-American War, Lt. (jg.) Hughes fought in Commodore Dewey's Asiatic Squadron. He made lieutenant on 3 March 1899. While serving ashore at the Bureau of Equipment from 1904 to 1906, he became Lt. Comdr. Hughes on 1 July 1905. During a tour of duty as recorder for the Board of Inspection and Survey between 1909 and 1911, he received his promotion to commander. He assumed command of Birmingham (Scout Cruiser No. 2) in 1911 he plied the troubled waters along the Mexican gulf coast in her and, later, in command of Des Moines (Cruiser No. 15). In 1913, Comdr. Hughes became chief of staff to the Commander, Atlantic Fleet, and served in that capacity during the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, in the spring of 1914. Promoted to Captain on 10 July 1914, he returned to shore duty later that year to serve with the General Board. Capt. Hughes took command of New York (Battleship No. 34) in October of 1916. His ship served in the American battleship squadron that operated with the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands through World War I. Hughes, however, left New York just before the Armistice. On 10 October 1918, he was promoted to Rear Admiral. His first assignment as a flag officer was as commandant at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from late 1918 to 1920. Between 1920 and 1921, Rear Admiral Hughes was Commander, 2d Battleship Squadron, Atlantic Fleet. From the latter part of 1921 to 25 June 1923, he commanded Divisions 7 and 4 of the Battle Fleet. Coming ashore again in 1923, he became president of the Naval War College at Newport, R.I., on 1 July. A year later, Rear Admiral Hughes moved to the job of Director of Fleet Training. That assignment lasted until 10 October 1925. Soon thereafter, Hughes was appointed Commander in Chief, Battle Fleet. On 14 November 1927, Admiral Hughes became the fourth man to occupy the office of Chief of Naval Operations. He completed his tour of duty in that post on 11 September 1930 and, on 14 October 1930 he retired from the US Navy.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Louise Nimitz, the wife of Captain Otto Nimitz and the sister-in-law of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

NAMESAKE - Major General Edwin Davies Patrick, USA (11 January 1894 - 14 March 1945)
        Patrick entered the Indiana National Guard 11 February 1915 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry 21 March 1917. After duty in Kansas, California, Oklahoma, and North Carolina, he joined the 14th Machine Gun Battalion in France to participate in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives. Following his return to the United States in July 1919, he was stationed at various posts until May 1926 when he went to Tientsin, China, to serve with the 15th Infantry. He returned to the United States in July 1929 to remain until after the start of World War II. Assigned to the Southwest Pacific in December 1942, he was promoted to Brigadier General 26 April 1943, and in June was appointed Chief of Staff of the 6th Army. Appointed commander of a regimental combat team in May 1944, he participated in the conquest of New Guinea. In September he assumed command of the 6th Infantry and saw action in the Philippines. General Patrick was mortally wounded by Japanese machine gun fire near Mountain Mataba, south of Montalban, Luzon, and was buried in the American military cemetery in Manila on 14 March 1945.



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