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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.

    Appalachian Class Amphibious Force Command Ship
    Keel Laid November 4 1942 - Launched January 29 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy February 27 1943

    Commissioned October 2 1943 - Decommissioned May 21 1947
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1959
    Sold 1960 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    (1943-46)



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

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Post Office Established September 15 1943 - Disestablished February 28 1947


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Censored sailor's mail.


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Censored sailor's mail.


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No. 10 cacheted cover to commemorate the Occupation of Japan.


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Note: Contributed by Mark Kalisch.


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Other Information

APPALACHIAN earned four battle stars for her World War II service
* Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, Roi and Namur, January 31 to February 6 1944
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Guam, July 14 to August 10 1944
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, October 20-23 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 11-12 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) and two Philippines Liberation Medals during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A mountain system of eastern North America extending from the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Quebec, and New Brunswick southwest to central Alabama.



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