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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.

    Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid September 6 1943 - Launched December 3 1943

    Commissioned January 31 1944
    Assigned to Naval Transportation Service (NTS) 1946
    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) October 1 1949
    Decommissioned May 18 1956
    Recommissioned September 1 1961 - Decommissioned July 1 1963

    Struck from Naval Register February 2 1965

  2. CASTILLA TA-21 (Spanish Naval Service)
    Sold to Spain February 2 1965 and renamed
    Decommissioned by Spain to reserves 1980

    Struck from the Spanish Navy List January 1 1982
    Scrapped 1987


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     (1946-55)



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

Post Office Established January 31 1944 - Disestablished December 9 1946


Locy Type


JonBurdett achernar aka53 19461203 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett achernar aka53 19461203.jpg



Locy Type P

USCS Catalog


GregCiesielski Achernar AKA53 19460725 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Achernar AKA53 19460725 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by Winfred M. Grandy


Locy Type P

USCS Catalog


JonBurdett achernar aka53 19461203 pm.jpg
JonBurdett achernar aka53 19461203.jpg

Ship name repositioned


Fleet Post Office
Navy 128
Pearl Harbor Br.


JonBurdett achernar aka53 19500320.jpg
JonBurdett achernar aka53 19500320 cach.jpg





JonBurdett achernar aka53 1950 pm.jpg
JonBurdett achernar aka53 1950.jpg

In 1950 with no post office aboard, the yeoman used a cachet as if it were a cancel
USCS Postmark Catalog

Post Office Reestablished March 20 1951 to December 19 1955


Locy Type
FDPS 2 Apr 2, 1951


JonBurdett achernar aka53 19510402 pm.jpg
JonBurdett achernar aka53 19510402.jpg

First Day Postal Service


Locy Type


JonBurdett achernar aka53 19540719 pm.jpg
JonBurdett achernar aka53 19540719.jpg


Post Office Reestablished 1961 - Disestablished July 1 1963


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Achernar AKA53 19611209 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Achernar AKA53 19611209 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

ACHERNAR earned 3 Battle Stars for WWII
* Invasion of Normandy
June 6-25 1944
* Invasion of southern France
September 15-25 1944
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-19 1945

Earned 3 Battle Stars for Korea
* Inchon Landing
September 13-17 1950
* North Korean Aggression
September 18 to October 30 1950
* Communist China Aggression
November 14-18 1950

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korea Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Memorial Medal

Personnel Awards...
Purple Hearts 5 KIA, 41WIA, April 2 1945

NAMESAKE - Named for the brightest star in the southern constellation Eridanus with a magnitude of .6. It is at least 200 times more luminous than the sun and one of the 10 brightest stars in the sky. It is about 118 light-years from the Earth



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