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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 a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull
    Launched April 1 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 31 1944

    Commissioned July 29 1944 - Decommissioned June 1 1946

    Struck from Naval Registry October 8 1946
    Transferred to U.S. Army Transportation

    Commissioned June 6 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 June 11 1954
    Returned to MARAD September 3 1959

    Struck from Naval Registry July 1960

  4. PITTSBURG (Commercial Service)
    Transferred to Sea-Land Service Lines August 16 1968 and renamed

  5. ST. LOUIS
    Renamed September 1969
    Converted to Container Ship January 10 1970

    Scrapped April 1988

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    (1946-50)



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


As AP-148


Other Information

GENERAL M. L. HERSEY received the following awards during her Navy career...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (2) - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - Mark Leslie Hersey, born in Stetson, Maine, 1 December 1863, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1887 and served with the 9th Infantry in Arizona until 1891. He was Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Maine during the next 4 years. He fought in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and again served with the 9th Infantry in the Philippines during the hostilities in China during the Boxer Rebellion. After participating in the Samar Campaign in the Philippines, he returned to the United States in 1902. During World War I, as commander of the 4th Division, A.E.F., he participated in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the French Legion of Honor, and the Croix de Guerre with Palm. Promoted to Major General 20 September 1924, he retired from active duty 2 November. Major General Hersey died at Tampa, Fla., 22 January 1934. {DANFS}



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