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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.

    Albert M. Boe Class Aircraft Transport
    Keel Laid 11 July 1945 as Liberty Ship SS Albert M. Boe
    Launched 26 September 1945
    Completed and delivered to the WSA 30 October 1945 for charter
    Returned to MARCOM 15 November 1946
    Withdrawn from reserve and assigned to the War Department 17 February 1947

    Commissioned by the US Army 1947
    Decommissioned by the Army and acquired by the US Navy 1 March 1950

    Placed in Service with MSTS 1950
    Placed out of Service 1 December 1953

    Transferred to MARAD 22 January 1954
    Struck from the Naval Register 11 March 1954
    Sold for non-transportation use 19 August 1964
    Converted to a floating cannery in February 1965 renamed SS Star of Kodiak
    Last reported to be in use as a permanent in place fish processing plant

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. USNS Albert M. Boe T-AKV-6 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 name and/or commissioning period. 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
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Cover Image


Locy Type
Branch 17009
Pusan, Korea


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USNS ALBERT M. BOE earned the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Albert M. Boe was serving as chief engineer of the United States Army interisland freighter FS-214 when that ship's starboard engine exploded on 13 April 1945. Staying in the engine room to shut off the stricken ship's engines, despite severe burns which caused his death, Boe saved his ship and the lives of his shipmates whom he had ordered topside, and earned the posthumous award of the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal. (The decoration is the highest award which can be bestowed upon members of that service and is the service’s equivalent of the Medal of Honor.)



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