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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.

    Alstede Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid September 30 1944 as Maritime Commission type (R2-S-BV1) hull
    Launched November 28 1944
    Delivered May 4 1945 to War Shipping Administration
    Operated by United Fruit Co. as OCEAN CHIEF
    Returned to Maritime Commission
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 10 1946

    Commissioned May 17 1946 - Decommissioned October 31 1969

    Struck from Naval Register October 31 1969
    Sold June 2 1970 to N.W. Kennedy, Ltd, Vancouver, Canada 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     (1961-69)



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 December 8 1951 - Disestablished October 23 1969


Locy Type
FDPS 9efu


First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type




Locy Type
2e(n+) (USS)


R/S marking on back from Desmond D. Jagyi


Locy Type
2e(n+) (USS)


16th Anniversary, cachet by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2e(n+) (USS)


Greetings from Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
2et(n+u) (USS)


Launching of USS El Paso LKA-117, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
LDPS 2et(n+u) Oct 23, 1969


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

ALSTEDE earned four battle stars during the Korean War
* Second Korean Winter
January 26-28 1952
February 12-15 1952
February 28 to March 3 1952
March 8-12 1952
April 14-17 and 27-30 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
June 17-20 1952
July 5-7 and 13-14 1952
September 18-21 1952
* Third Korean Winter
April 20-22 1953
* Korean Summer-Fall 1953
June 27 to July 1 1953
July 10-13 1953

ALSTEDE earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal (w/ 4 Battle Stars), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Name means a minor planet or asteroid.



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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