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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 April 24 1944 as Maritime Commission type (P2-SE2-R1) hull
    Launched February 25 1945

    Commissioned July 7 1945 - Decommissioned May 14 1946
    Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service May 1946

    Commissioned August 1 1946
    Reacquired U.S. Navy and assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service March 1 1950
    Placed in ready reserve status at the Cavin Point Army Depot in New York Harbor 1967
    Transferred The Maritime Administration (MARAD) June 30 1970
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA

    Struck from Naval Register August 20 1990
    Fate unknown

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 HUGH RODMAN Covers Page 1     (1946)
  2. USNS GENERAL MAURICE ROSE Covers Page 1     (1950)



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 August 18 1945 - Disestablished May 25 1946


Locy Type

(Br. #16161)




Other Information


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

NAMESAKE - Hugh Rodman (January 6 1859 - June 7 1940)
Rodman graduated from the Naval Academy in 1880. Duty in YANTIC, WACHUSETT, HARTFORD, and ESSEX and tours at the Hydrographic Office and at the Naval Observatory were followed in 1891 by 4 years of survey duty along the coasts of Alaska and British Columbia. During the Spanish-American War, he served in USS RALEIGH C-8 and was commended for his outstanding conduct in The Battle of Manila Bay. In 1899, he participated in scientific explorations in the Pacific under the direction of Alexander Agassiz. Then, in 1900, he returned to Alaska for work investigating its fisheries. From 1901 to 1904 he commanded IROQUOIS in Hawaiian waters. Next on the Asiatic Station, he served in USS NEW ORLEANS PG-34, USS CINCINNATI C-7, and USS WISCONSIN BB-9 and, in 1905, commanded USS ELCANO PG-38 on the Yangtze River Patrol. From 1907 to 1909, he attended the Naval War College and served as Lighthouse Inspector, 6th Naval District. In 1909 he returned to the Far East to serve in turn as captain of the yard, Cavite, Philippine Islands, and as commanding officer of CLEVELAND. Captain of the yard, Mare Island, in 1911, he assumed command of USS CONNECTICUT BB-18, flagship, Atlantic Fleet, in 1912, and of USS DELAWARE BB-28 in 1913. Duty as Marine Superintendent of the Panama Canal followed in 1914, and in 1915 he commanded USS NEW YORK BB-34. During 1916 he served on the General Board. In 1917 Admiral Rodman served as Commander, 9th Division, Atlantic Fleet, in his flagship, NEW YORK. Ordered to European waters late in the year, his division joined the British Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow and became the 6th Battle Squadron, British Grand Fleet, under Admiral Sir David Beatty. For the remainder of World War I, Admiral Rodman commanded his division in operations in the North Sea. Returning to the United States after the Armistice, he served with the Atlantic Fleet until July 1919 when he became Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. Detached in 1921, he served as Commandant, 5th Naval District, from 1921 to 1922 , interrupting that duty once for a mission to Peru as Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary. During 1922-23, he was senior member of a board to formulate administrative policy for all shore stations and on reaching retirement age, 64, was transferred to the retired list. After his retirement, he continued to serve the United States and the Navy on various missions which included, in the summer of 1923, accompanying President Harding on his ill-fated inspection of Alaska. In 1937, he represented the U.S. Navy at coronation ceremonies in London. Admiral Rodman died at Bethesda, Md., June 7 1940, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery


Earned 2 Battle Stars (Vietnam)
* Vietnam Defense
September 1965
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Major General Maurice Rose (26 November 1899 - March 31 1945)
Rose enlisted as a Private in the Colorado National Guard in June 1916; attended Officers Training School at Fort Riley, Kans., in 1917; and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Infantry August 15. In May 1918 he sailed with the 333d Infantry for duty in France, where he participated in the St. Mihiel Offensive. After his return to the United States in January 1920, he served during the next two decades at various posts in the United States and at Corozal, C.Z. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he became Chief of Staff of the 2d Armored Division in January 1942. Promoted to Brigadier General June 2 1943, he assumed command of the 3d Armored Division in France August 7 1944. He was promoted to Major General September 5 and was killed in action in Germany March 31 1945



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