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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.

    Alpine Class Attack Transport
    Keel Laid April 12 1943 as Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull
    Launched July 10 1943 as "SEA ARROW"
    Acquired by U.S. Navy September 30 1943

    Commissioned April 22 1944 - Decommissioned April 5 1946
    Returned to Maritime Commission April 10 1946
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1946

  2. INDIA MAIL (Commercial Service)
    Sold for commercial service 1947 and renamed

  3. TRANSWESTERN (Commercial Service)
    Resold 1965 and renamed

  4. BUCKEYE PACIFIC (Commercial Service)
    Resold 1969 and renamed

  5. EMPIRE PACIFIC (Commercial Service)
    Resold 1971 and renamed

    Scrapped October 1971

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     (1946)



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 April 10 1944 - Disestablished March 26 1946


Locy Type




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Other Information

ALPINE earned 5 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Marianas operation
Capture and Occupation of Guam, July 21-27 and 29 1943
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, October 20 and November 18 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 9 1945
* Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, January 29-30 1945
Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-16 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (2) - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

NAMESAKE - A county in eastern California



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