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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.

    Arthur Middleton Class Transport
    Keel Laid as "SS AFRICAN COMET" July 1 1940
    Launched June 28 1941
    Acquired U.S. Navy January 6 1942 and converted for Naval service

    Commissioned September 7 1942

    Redesignated Attack Transport (APA) February 1 1943
    Decommissioned October 21 1946

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1958
    Transferred to Maritime Administration March 3 1959
    Sold May 9 1973 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 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. USS Arthur Middleton APA-25 Covers Page 1     (1944-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-49


APA-25. Official Election War Ballot. USS Arthur Middleton was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II.


Other Information

USS ARTHUR MIDDLETON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippines Liberation Medal (2 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Arthur Middleton (June 26 1742 - January 1 1787)
   Middleton was educated in England and, upon returning to South Carolina, became active in local politics. Middleton was elected to the colonial House of Assembly in 1764; served until 1768; and, after a four-year absence, was reelected to the House in 1772. He sat in the first provincial congress and served on the secret committee of five people that arranged and directed the seizure of powder and weapons from the public storehouses in Charleston on the night of April 21 1776. On June 14, he became a member of the first Council of Safety, which assumed the executive power of the colony.
    On February 11 1776, Middleton was appointed to a committee of 11 to draft a constitution for South Carolina. A few days later, he was elected to the Continental Congress and, still later, signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of South Carolina. He continued serving in the Congress until October 1777. While he was reelected three more times between 1778 and 1780, Middleton did not actually serve in Congress during these years. During the siege of Charleston in 1780, Middleton was a member of the militia. He was taken prisoner when the British captured the city and was sent to St. Augustine, Fla., as a prisoner of war. He was exchanged in July 1781 and sat in the session of Congress of 1782. After the war ended, Middleton devoted himself to managing his plantation. He died at Goose Creek, S.C., on January 1 1787.



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