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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.

    Kennebec Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as M C type (T2-SO) tanker hull
    Launched April 19 1941 as CORSICANA
    Acquired by U.S. Navy January 13 1942

    Commissioned February 4 1942 - Decommissioned September 4 1950
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet
    Recommissioned January 11 1951 - Decommissioned September 25 1954
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Recommissioned December 14 1956 - Decommissioned October 31 1957

    Struck from Naval Register January 14 1959
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy December 16 1961
    Commissioned December 16 1961 - Decommissioned June 29 1970

    Struck from Naval Register July 15 1976
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet

    Sold April 6 1982 to Levin Metals Corporation for non-transportation use

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     (1946-67)



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

1st Commissioning February 4 1942 to September 4 1950


Locy Type
3z (BTB)



2nd Commissioning January 11 1951 to September 25 1954


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type



4th Commissioning December 16 1961 to April 1 1970


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. K-17a


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

KENNEBEC received 1 battle star for World War II service and 7 campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Vietnam, 5-Korea) - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - A river in central and southern Maine flowing from Moosehead Lake to the Atlantic



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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