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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 Attack Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 22 September 1942 - Named 5 October 1942
    Launched 22 December 1942 as Cargo Ship AK-64
    Redesignated Attack Cargo Ship (AKA) 1 February 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy from MARCOM 30 March 1943

    Commissioned 30 March 1943 - Decommissioned 1 May 1956

    Transferred to MARAD, laid up in Nat. Defense Reserve Fleet
    Struck from Naval Register 1 July 1960
    Sold 12 March 1971 to Marine Power and Equipment Co. Seattle WA
    Fate unknown

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 Andromeda AKA-15 Covers Page 1     (1943-1954)



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
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Cover Image

Post Office Established 24 April 1943 - Disestablished 1 August 1946


Locy Type 2z


Censored, WWII use


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Post Office Reestablished 31 January 1951 - Disestablished 31 January 1956


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First Day of Postal Service


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FDPS 9efu


First Day of Postal Service. This postmark is on the back of the March 20 1951 cover.


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Other Information

USS ANDROMEDA earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 4 Battle stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 5 Battle stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for a constellation located in the northern sky south of Cassiopeia, named for Andromeda, in Greek mythology the daughter of the Ethiopian King, Cephus, and of Cassiopeia.



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