ALTAIR AKS 32

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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.

    Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid April 20 1944 as Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull
    Launched May 30 1944 as ABERDEEN VICTORY
    Completed and contracted to Waterman Steamship Co. June 22 1944
    Returned to Maritime Commission circa 1945-1946
    Transferred to U.S. Navy July 7 1951 and renamed

  1. USS ALTAIR AK-257
    Commissioned January 31 1952 - Decommissioned January 5 1953
    Converted to Antares Class General Stores Issue Ship (AKS)

  2. USS ALTAIR AKS-32
    Recommissioned December 15 1953 - Decommissioned May 2 1969
    Transferred to MARAD May 1 1973

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1973
    Sold January 31 1975 for scrap
Altair AKS32 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Altair Covers Page 1     (1952-67)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
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Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established February 17 1952 - Disestablished December 4 1952


 

Locy Type
FDPS 2r Feb 19, 1952

1952-02-19

JonBurdett altair ak257 19520219 pm.jpg
JonBurdett altair ak257 19520219.JPG

As AK-257
First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9fu

1952-02-19

JonBurdett altair ak257 19520219 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett altair ak257 19520219.JPG

As AK-257
First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
2r

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-75

1952-05-02

GregCiesielski Altair AK257 19520502 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Altair AK257 19520502 1 Front.jpg

As AK-257


 

Locy Type
9fu (used after POD)

1952-12-04

JonBurdett altair aks32 19521204 pm.jpg
JonBurdett altair aks32 19521204.jpg

As AKS-32
USCS Postmark Catalog lists LDPS as Dec 2, 1952


Post Office Reestablished December 15 1953 - Disestablished July 11 1968


 

Locy Type
FDPS 2r Dec 15, 1953

1953-12-15

JonBurdett altair aks32 19531215 pm.jpg
JonBurdett altair aks32 19531215.JPG

As AKS-32
First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1963-01-10

GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19630110 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19630110 1 Front.jpg

As AKS-32


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1965-07-10

GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19650710 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19650710 1 Front.jpg

As AKS-32
Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. Visit of Turkish Minesweeper Sigacik.


 

Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)

1966-08-02

GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19660802 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19660802 1 Front.jpg

As AKS-32
Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. Visit of Chinese Minesweeper Yung Lo MSC-161.


 

Locy Type
2r

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-75a

1954-04-24

GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19540424 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19540424 1 Front.jpg

As AKS-32


 

Locy Type
2r

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-75a

1961-05-28

GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19610528 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19610528 1 Front.jpg

As AKS-32


 

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

1967-09-09

GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19670909 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Altair AKS32 19670909 1 Front.jpg

As AKS-32
Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. Visit of Turkish Minesweeper Foca.


 

Locy Type
9eft(nu)

1967-08-12

JonBurdett altair aks32 19670812 pm.jpg
JonBurdett altair aks32 19670812.jpg

As AKS-32


 

Locy Type
9enu

1955-02-16
to
1956-10-15

JonBurdett altair aks32 19561015 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett altair aks32 19561015.jpg

As AKS-32
Cut piece pasted to earlier cover

 

Other Information

ABERDEEN VICTORY

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (Okinawa) - World War II Victory Medal

ALTAIR

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)

NAMESAKE - Named for a first magnitude star in the constellation Aquila, in the northern Milky Way.

 


 

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