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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.

    Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid December 10 1942
    Launched February 17 1943 as JAMES BARNES
    Renamed August 30 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy November 27 1943

    Placed in Ferry Commission November 27 - December 3 1943
    Commissioned (Full) July 21 1944 - Decommissioned November 26 1947
    Recommissioned February 18 1948 - Decommissioned January 2 1958
    Recommissioned November 17 1961

    Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned July 23 1970

    Struck from Naval Register January 1 1977
    Sunk November 22 1991 as part of the New Jersey Shark River Artificial Reef
Algol AKA54 Crest.jpg

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. Algol Covers Page 1     (1949-69)



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 July 1 1944 - Disestablished November 24 1947


Locy Type


JonBurdett algol aka54 19460204 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka54 19460204.jpg

As AKA-54


Locy Type


JonBurdett algol aka54 19460204-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka54 19460204-1.jpg

As AKA-54
Favor strike on block of stamps


Locy Type
9efu (with bars)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-18


JonBurdett algol aka54 19470614 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka54 19470614.jpg

As AKA-54

Post Office Reestablished September 6 1949 - Disestablished December 31 1957


Locy Type


JonBurdett algol aka54 19520401r pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka54 19520401.JPG

As AKA-54


Locy Type


JonBurdett algol aka53 19530529 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka53 19530529.jpg

As AKA-54


Locy Type


JonBurdett algol aka54 19490930 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka54 19490930.jpg

As AKA-54
Device carried over from 1st post office


Locy Type


JonBurdett algol aka54 19530914 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka54 19530914.jpg

As AKA-54

Post Office Reestablished 1961 - Disestablished September 30 1969


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)


GregCiesielski Algol AKA54 19630713 1r Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Algol AKA54 19630713 1 Front.jpg

As AKA-54
ARM POTOSI, "Welcome to Norfolk" cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)


GregCiesielski Algol AKA54 19660326 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Algol AKA54 19660326 1 Front.jpg

As AKA-54
TCG SAROS, "Welcome to Norfolk" cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)


GregCiesielski Algol AKA54 19660827 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Algol AKA54 19660827 1 Front.jpg

As AKA-54


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (LKA)


GregCiesielski Algol LKA54 19690313 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Algol LKA54 19690313 1 Front.jpg

As LKA-54
Apollo Space Program R/S cachet.


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (LKA)


GregCiesielski Algol LKA54 19690912 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Algol LKA54 19690912 1 Front.jpg

As LKA-54
Last Day in Commission for USS Samsoset ATA-190


Locy Type
9ef(nu) (USS)


JonBurdett algol aka54 19610228 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol aka54 19610228.jpg

As AKA-54


Locy Type P
[2t(n+u) with first "A" removed]


JonBurdett algol lka54 19690528 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol lka54 19690528.jpg

As LKA-54


Locy Type
LDPS 2t(nu) Sep 30, 1969


JonBurdett algol lka54 19690930r pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol lka54 19690930.JPG

As LKA-54
Last Day Postal Service


Locy Type
[2t(nu) with first "A" removed]


JonBurdett algol lka54 19690930-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett algol lka54 19690930-1.jpg

As LKA-54
Last Day Postal Service
Unlisted in USCS Postmark Catalog


Other Information

ALGOL earned two battle stars for World War II service
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landing
January 11-15 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-10 1945

Earned five battle stars for Korean War service
* North Korean Aggression
September 20 to November 1 1950
* Communist China Aggression
November 15 to January 19 1951
* First UN Counteroffensive
February 23 to March 27 1951
* Communist China Spring Offensive
May 9-14 1951
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
May 9-13 1952
August 9-13 1952

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Named for a fixed star in the constellation Perseus. It varies periodically in brightness because of eclipses by a satellite



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