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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.

    Ancon Class Amphibious Force Command Ship
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) for The Panama Railroad Co.
    Launched September 24 1938
    Delivered to The Panama Railroad Co. June 16 1939
    Acquired by Army Transportation Service January 11 1942

  2. Commissioned January 11 1942
    Acquired U.S. Navy August 7 1942

  3. USS ANCON AP-66
  4. Commissioned Transport (AP) August 12 1942

  6. Reclassified Amphibious Force Command Ship (AGC) February 26 1943
    Decommissioned February 25 1946
    Returned to The Panama Railroad Co.
    Struck from Naval Register April 17 1946

  7. TS STATE of MAINE (Training Ship)
  8. Transferred 1962 to The Maine Maritime Academy as the schools training ship

    Scrapped 1973


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     (1939-45)



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



Cristobal C.Z. Paquebot


Czubay Cachet

Post Office Established September 21 1942 - Disestablished February 6 1946


Locy Type

(Br. #15767)


As AGC-4
Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type
3z (BTT)


As AP-66


Locy Type
3z (BTT)



As AGC-4
Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-29


As AGC-4


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-29a


As AGC-4


Other Information

ANCON earned 5 Battle Stars (WWII)
* North Africa occupation
Algeria-Morocco landings, November 8-11 1942
* Sicilian occupation, July 9-15 1943
* Salerno landings, September 9-21 1943
* Invasion of Normandy, June 6-25 1944
Task Force 122 - Assault Force "O" - RADM Hall USN
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1 to June 3 1945

ANCON AGC-4 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender ceremony

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal - Philippine Independence Medal

NAMESAKE - A projecting bracket that is used in classical architecture to carry the upper elements of a cornice; a console



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