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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.

    Gilliam Class Attack Transport
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) as Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BD1) hull
    Launched April 9 1944

    Commissioned August 22 1944 - Decommissioned December 20 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 4 1947
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet March 31 1948
    Consigned to Arrow Steamship Co. September 9 1954
    Returned to National Defense Reserve Fleet December 12 1954

    Scrapped (Date 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 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     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

Post Office Established July 28 1944 - Disestablished February 27 1946


Locy Type


Censored Sailor's mail


Locy Type


Sailor's mail
Cancelled on Last Day of Postal Service


Locy Type


Used after post office deactivation 1946-02-27


Locy Type
9efu (used after POD)




Locy Type


Note: Cachet is for Last Day of Commissioning but postmarked one day early.


Locy Type


R/S Cachet is for Last Day of Postal Service but it should be Last Day of Commissioning.


Other Information

APPLING earned 3 Battle stars for WWII service
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 11-12 1945
* Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Zambales-Subic Bay, Lingayen Gulf landings, January 29-30 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-14 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A county in the state of Georgia.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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