AMERICAN LEGION APA 17

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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.

    Heywood Class Transport
    Keel Laid October 11 1919
    Launched 1921 as Passenger Liner BADGER STATE
    Delivered to United States Shipping Board (USSB) July 15 1921
    Renamed (Date unknown)
    Sold to Muston Line December 18 1925 as AMERICAN LEGION
    Operated between New York and South America
    Laid up March 13 1939
    Acquired by U.S. Army Transportation Corps February 1940

  1. USAT AMERICAN LEGION
    Commissioned February 1940
    Acquired by U.S. Navy from War Department August 22 1941

  2. USS AMERICAN LEGION AP 35
    Commissioned August 26 1941

  3. USS AMERICAN LEGION APA 17
    Reclassified Attack Transport (APA) February 1 1943
    Decommissioned March 20 1946
    Returned to War Department March 20 1946

    Struck from Naval Register March 20 1946
    Sold February 5 1948 for scrap

 

Naval Covers

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  1. S.S. American Legion Covers Page 1     (1935-37)
  2. USS American Legion Covers Page 1     (1941)

 

Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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S.S. AMERICAN LEGION Postmarks


 

N.Y.&
BUENOS AIRES
SEA POST

1935-08-31

JonBurdett americanlegion 19350831 pm.jpg
JonBurdett americanlegion 19350831.jpg

As "S.S. AMERICAN LEGION"


Post Office Established September 15 1941 - Disestablished March 16 1946


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3 Oct 27, 1941

"NEW YORK /
NY"

1941-10-27

JonBurdett americanlegion ap35 19411027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett americanlegion ap35 19411027.jpg

As AP-35
First Day of Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9v

1941-10-27

JonBurdett americanlegion ap35 19411027-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett americanlegion ap35 19411027-1.jpg

As AP-35
First Day of Postal Service


 

Locy Type
3(A-BBT)

1941-12-04

Bunter American Legion APA 17 19411204 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter American Legion APA 17 19411204 1 front.jpg

As AP-35


 

Locy Type
9v

1941-11-05

JonBurdett americanlegion ap35 19411105 pm.jpg
JonBurdett americanlegion ap35 19411105.jpg

As AP-35


 

Locy Type
9efw

1941-12-18

GregCiesielski AmericanLegion AP35 19411218 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLAmLeg AP35 19411218 1 Front.jpg

As AP-35. Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
9x

1941-12-18

GregCiesielski AmericanLegion AP35 19411218 2 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLAmLeg AP35 19411218 2 Front.jpg

As AP-35. Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


U.S.S. AMERICAN LEGION Non-Postal Marking


 

Non-Postal
Marking

1941-10-27

GregCiesielski AmericanLegion AP35 19411027 1A Marking.jpg
GregCiesielski AmericanLegion AP35 19411027 1A Front.jpg

As AP-35. Compliments of the "NATCASHSO CREW" of the Naval Cover Collectors of America.

 

Other Information

AMERICAN LEGION earned two battle stars for her World War II service
* Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
August 7-9 1942
* Treasury-Bougainville operation
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, November 1 and 13 1943

AMERICAN LEGION earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars) and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the patriotic organization founded in Paris, France, in March 1919, comprised of veterans of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) and chartered by the United States Congress on September 16 1919.

 


 

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