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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.

    Basilan Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary
    Keel Laid October 31 1944 - Launched December 13 1944
    Acquired U.S. Navy December 21 1944

    Placed in Partial Commission December 21 1944 for conversion
    Decommissioned December 24 1944
    Recommissioned July 31 1945 - Decommissioned May 27 1947
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group

    Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship (AKS) August 18 1951 While in reserve
    Transferred to the Maritime Administration January 4 1960

    Sold December 5 1960 to Hugo Neu Steel Products Inc. for scrap
    Scrapped 1961

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     (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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 2#




Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - An island in the salt water marshes of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, near the gulf coast



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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