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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.

    Windsor Class Attack Transport
    Keel Laid as Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A3) hull
    Launched February 29 1944

  1. EXCHESTER (U.S. Maritime Commission)
  2. Acquired by U.S. Navy July 15 1944

  4. Commissioned July 15 1944 - Decommissioned April 30 1946
    Returned to the Maritime Commission May 3 1946 for disposal
    Struck from Naval Register May 8 1946

  5. EXPRESS (Commercial Service)
  6. Sold 1947 to American Export Lines Inc., New York, N.Y. and renamed
    Sold (Date unknown) to Mutual Steamship Operating Co.

    Scrapped 1970


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    (1945)



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 June 30 1944 - Disestablished March 6 1946


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Other Information

ADAIR earned 2 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings January 11-12 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto April 1-5 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

NAMESAKE - Named for counties in in Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma



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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