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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.

    Alameda Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) - Launched July 15 1919

  1. USS ALAMEDA (Fleet Oiler)
  2. Commissioned October 17 1919

  4. Designated (AO) July 17 1920
    Damaged by an engine fire November 19 1921
    Decommissioned March 29 1922

    Struck from The Naval Register August 1922
    Sold August 9 1922 to The Newport Engine Co., of Washington, D.C.

  5. OLEAN (Commercial Service)
  6. Renamed and entered merchant service 1925
    Torpedoed by German U-158 March 15 1942
    Taken over by War Shipping Administration (WSA) April 1942

  7. SWEEP (Commercial Service)
  8. Renamed and returned to service April 1943
    Reacquired, renamed, redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) July 7 1944

  10. Commissioned July 7 1944
    Decommissioned March 29 1946
    Struck from The Navy Register April 17 1946

    Sold January 21 1947 to Pinto Island Metals for scrap


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     (DATE RANGE)



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 1 1921 - Disestablished January 15 1922






Other Information


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal



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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