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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.

    Grommet Reefer Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid 1 January 1944 as MV Kenneth E. Gruennert
    Launched 29 July 1944
    Delivered to the WSA 9 December 1944

    Acquired by the Navy 1 March 1950 and Placed in Service
    Ran aground off Leghorn Italy 15 December 1952 and broke in half, stern sunk, cargo and bow salvaged

    Struck from the Naval Register (Date Unknown)
    Bow section transferred to MARAD 23 July 1953 for disposition

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 Grommet Reefer T-AF-53 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


U.S. Army Postal Service
Machine Postmark

APO 69
Bremerhaven, Germany


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USNS GROMMET REEFER earned the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A former name retained.



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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