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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.

    Ashtabula Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid May 25 1943 as Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) hull
    Launched November 20 1943 as "SS ESCANABA"
    Acquired by U.S. Navy December 22 1943

    Commissioned December 22 1943 - Decommissioned December 18 1970
    Transferred October 7 1971 to MARAD

    Struck from Naval Register December 1 1976
    Sold April 27 1992 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. USS Aucilla AO-56 Covers Page 1    (1946-70)



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 January 10 1944 - Disestablished July 12 1947


Locy Type


Note: Date unknown. 1946 is a guess. Cachet by Jacques Minkus


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Note: Date unknown. 1946 is a guess. Cachet by Jacques Minkus

Post Office Reestablished April 30 1952 - Disestablished September 11 1970


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




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Cachet by LEN


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9ef(n+u) (USS)




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Other Information

AUCILLA earned five battle stars for her World War II service
* Leyte operation
Luzon attacks, December 14-16 1944
* Luzon operation
Luzon attacks, January 6-7 1945
Formosa attacks, January 9 and 15 1945
China Coast attacks, January 12 and 16 1945
* Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 15-26 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
5th and 3rd Fleet operations in support of Okinawa Gunto, March 16 to May 4 1945
* 3rd Fleet operations against Japan
July 11 to August 3 and August 9 to 15 1945

USS AUCILLA earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 silver battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 2 bronze stars during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for a river in northern Florida. It flows south from southern Georgia into Apalachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico southeast of Tallahassee.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Hope Ridings Miller.



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