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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 October 29 1943 as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull
    Launched January 26 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy March 31 1944

    Commissioned April 1 1944
    Assigned to Naval Transportation Service (NTS) 1946
    Transferred to the newly created Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) October 1 1949

    Decommissioned January 14 1957

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1960
    Scrapped 1978


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. USS Alshain AKA-55 Covers Page 1     (1945-52)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established March 31 1944 - Disestablished June 20 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type


As AKA-55
Mark from back of cover

Post Office Reestablished January 1 1952 - Disestablished August 15 1955


Locy Type


As T-AKA-55


Locy Type


As AKA-55


Other Information

ALSHAIN earned five battle stars for her World War II service
* Marianas operation
Assault and occupation of Guam, July 21 to August 3 1944
* Leyte operation
Leyte Gulf landings, October 20-23 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 9 1945
* Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, San Narciso-San Felipe, January 29 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-5 1945

Earned three battle stars for Korean War service
* North Korean Aggression
August 2-4 1950
October 11-31 1950
* Communist China Aggression
November 14-18 1950
* Inchon Landing
September 15-17 1950

USS ALSHAIN earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one silver star, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 3 Campaign stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for a star in the constellation Aquila.



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