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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.

    Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship
    Authorized as Tank Landing Ship LST-490
    Redesignated Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) January 13 1943
    Keel Laid January 24 1943 - Launched April 3 1943

    Commissioned August 20 1943 - Decommissioned November 15 1946

  2. RFS VULCAIN A-656 (French Naval Service)
    Transferred to France March 2 1951 under the terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program

    Struck from Naval Register March 26 1951

  3. WU TAI (Chinese Naval Service)
    Transferred by France to The Republic of China 1957

    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. Covers Page 1     (1943-46)



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 30 1943 - Disestablished June 30 1946


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

AGENOR earned three battle stars for World War II service
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 25 to July 21 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, August 1-15 1944
* Tinian capture and occupation
July 24-31 1944
* Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 19 to March 16 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - A character in Greek mythology—a son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea—who was a Phoenician king



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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