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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 November 26 1942 - Launched July 23 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy January 26 1944

    Commissioned February 24 1945 - Decommissioned February 28 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 1946
    Transferred February 28 1946 to Army Transportation Service

    Commissioned 1946 - Decommissioned 1950
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service 1950 - Out of Service August 26 1955

    Struck from Naval Register 1955
    Laid up August 28 1955 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
    Sold April 13 1967 to Central Gulf Steamship Corp.

  4. GREEN FORREST (Commercial Service)
    Renamed May 1967

    Sold January 3 1980 to Sing Ceng Yung Steel Co., Ltd., Taiwan 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 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. Covers Page 1     (1945)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post office established February 20 1944 - Disestablished February 8 1946


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

GENERAL W. M. BLACK received six battle stars for Korean War service
* Communist China Spring Offensive
May 9-10 1951
May 20-21 1951
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive
August 4-6 1951
August 8-9 1951
September 25-26 1951
* Second Korean Winter
January 17-18 1952
March 4-5 1952
April 18-21 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
September 7-8 1952
October 23-24 1952
* Third Korean Winger
February 24-25 1953
March 13-14 1953
* Korean Summer-Fall 1953
May 29 1953
July 14 1953

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - William Murray Black (December 8 1855 - September 24 1933)
Black graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1877 and entered the Corps of Engineers. He advanced steadily and was appointed Chief of Engineers for the District of Columbia in 1897. During and after the Spanish-American War, he served as Commander, Department of Engineers, in both Cuba and Puerto Rico. In 1906 he was appointed Senior Member of the board for raising the famous Battleship MAINE, and in 1909 he was promoted to Brigadier General to become Chief of Engineers, Department of the East. In 1916 he was appointed Chief of Engineers, United States Army. His accomplishments were many, including river and harbor improvements in Florida ports and fortification and railroad construction in Cuba. General Black retired a Major General October 31 1919 and died in Washington, D.C., September 24 1933



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