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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.

    Cargo Ship
    Built 1918 as LAKE GENEVA
    Completed August 1918
    Delivered to U.S. Navy September 21 1918
    Assigned to Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) as Collier

  2. Commissioned September 22 1918 - Decommissioned July 17 1919

    Struck from Naval Register 1919

    Sold 1925 to Bison Steam Ship Co., Tonawanda, N.Y. and renamed JOHN J. O'HAGAN
    Purchased by Maritime Commission September 22 1941
    Transferred to U.S. Navy September 22 1941

  3. MANOMET AG-37
  4. Designated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) October 15 1941 and renamed

  5. ARIES AK-51
  6. Redesignated Cargo Ship (AK) January 7 1942 and renamed
    Delivered to Marine Lines of New York, N.Y.
    Operated under contract to Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
    Returned to U.S. Naval custody July 11 1942

  7. USS ARIES AK-51
  8. Commissioned July 18 1942 - Decommissioned March 28 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 17 1946
    Returned to Maritime Commission and name reverted to JOHN J. O'HAGAN

    Sold 1948 to Adelanto SS Co. reflagged and renamed ADELANTO
    Sold 1950 to Hammond & Ghaggino, Hong Kong

    Scrapped 1952


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     (1943-45)



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


Locy Type
10499 Branch
Guam, Mariana Islands




Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - A constellation located between Pisces and Taurus and depicted as a ram



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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