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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.

    Mount McKinley Class Amphibious Force Command Ship
    Keel Laid August 14 1943 as "SS KATHAY"
    Launched October 19 1943
    Acquired U.S. Navy January 31 1944 and converted for Naval service

    Commissioned July 20 1944 - Decommissioned May 7 1947
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1960
    Transferred to Maritime Administration for disposal November 1960
    Sold 1961 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. Covers Page 1     (1945-46)



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


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Locy Type

"NAVY / 1945 / DAY"


USCS Postmark Catalog states "The 9efu with slogan killers are fake combinations, probably made with a stolen cancel"


Locy Type



USCS Postmark Catalog states "The 9efu with slogan killers are fake combinations, probably made with a stolen cancel"


Other Information

AUBURN earned 2 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Iwo Jima operation, Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February - March 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation, Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, May - June 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic -Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - Named for Mount Auburn, northwest of Cambridge, Mass.



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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