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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.

    Admiral W.S. Benson Class Transport
    Keel Laid February 15 1943 - Launched June 4 1944

    Commissioned January 24 1945 - Decommissioned May 8 1946
    Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service circa 1946

    Commissioned into Army Transportation Service (ATS) circa 1946

    Renamed circa 1946
    Reacquired by the Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service March 1 1950 - Out of Service 1967
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register August 20 1990
    Title Transferred to Maritime Commission July 14 1993
    Scrapped May 1999

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. USS ADMIRAL E. W. EBERLE Covers Page 1     (1945)
  2. USNS GENERAL SIMON B. BUCKNER Covers Page 1     (1966)



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 20 1945 - Disestablished March 28 1946


Locy Type


Censored Sailor's Mail. One of eleven Admiral W.S. Benson-Class troop transports manned by the United States Coast Guard during World War II.


Other Information

USS ADMIRAL E.W. EBERLE earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) during her career.

NAMESAKE - Edward Walter Eberle (August 17 1864 - July 6 1929)
Eberle's sea duty included service in USS OREGON BB-3 during her historic dash around Cape Horn to join the fleet at Santiago de Cuba and in the battle there with the Spanish fleet 3 July 1898. Other highlights of a distinguished career included duty as superintendent of the Naval Academy; in command of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets; and as Chief of Naval Operations from 1923 to 1927


Earned 1 Battle Star (Korea)
* Inchon Landing
September 15-17 1950

Earned 1 Battle Star (Vietnam)
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase II
September and November 1967

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Simon Bolivar Buckner (July 18 1886 - June 18 1945)
Buckner attended the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant of Infantry February 14 1908. From 1908 to 1918 he served both in the United States and the Philippines, then assumed administrative demobilization duties following World War I. During the next two decades he served as instructor and administrator at various posts throughout the United States, including the U.S. Military Academy. In October 1939 he was assigned to the 6th Division as Chief of Staff, and appointed Brigadier General September 1 1940. During World War II he commanded American troops in Alaska, with headquarters at Fort Richardson, Anchorage. He was promoted to Lieutenant General May 4 1943 to assume command of the 10th Army August 1944. With overall command of the landing forces on the doorstep of Japan, General Simon B. Buckner was killed in action on Okinawa June 18 1945.



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