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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.

    Barrett Class Transport
    Keel Laid June 1 1949 as SS PRESIDENT JACKSON
    Launched June 27 1950

    Acquired by U.S. Navy and Placed In Service March 21 1952
    Placed Out of Service 1973

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1973
    Delivered to Maritime Commission
    Converted to Training Ship for The State University of New York Maritime College

  2. TS EMPIRE STATE V (Training Ship)
    Returned to Maritime Administration 1990
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA

    Scrapped June 13 2007, contract awarded to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA

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. USNS Barrett T-AP-196 Covers Page 1     (1958)



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

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c 1965

Picture postcard


Other Information

USNS BARRETT earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal (w/ 1 Battle star), the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 3 Campaign stars), the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (11 awards), the United Nations Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Major General Charles Dodson Barrett, USMC (August 16 1885 - October 8 1943)
Barrett who was the first Commanding General of the 3d Marine Division, was awarded The Distinguished Service Medal posthumously in recognition of his outstanding service during World War II. He was killed accidentally while on duty in the South Pacific, October 8 1943. General Barrett was commissioned a Marine Second Lieutenant on August 11 1909. He was assigned duty at the Marine Officers School, Port Royal, South Carolina, the following month. In January 1911, he began a few months duty at the Marine Barracks, Boston, Massachusetts, and was detached on May 23 to report to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, to command the Marine detachment aboard the USS INDIANA BB-1. On September 3 of that year he transferred to the USS NEW JERSEY BB-16. The General landed with the detachment of the USS NEW JERSEY at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on April 22 1914, and participated in the capture of that city. He was detached from that ship December 13 to the Marine Barracks, Norfolk, Virginia. His World War I duty included detached service with the U.S. Army in France from September 25 1918. He participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of November 1-3, of that year, and in the spring of 1919 was in command of the 2d Battalion, 367th Infantry at LeMans, France. Detached in April, he reported to the Commanding General, 4th Brigade, Marines, at Nieder Bieber, Germany, and was detailed as Adjutant from April 11. He arrived back in the United States August 3 1919. From 1921-1922, General Barrett served in Santo Domingo and from 1924-27 was a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington, D.C. He then returned to France to study at the Ecole de Guerre in Paris, and from 1929-33 served as an instructor at the Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia. During the next two years, he was assigned to the Division of Operations and Training, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, and from 1935-36 served aboard ship as Division Marine Officer of Battleship Division 4, U.S. Battle Force. Upon completion of sea duty with the Battle Force, the General spent two and one-half years in the War Plans Section, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.; and from August 1939 to June 1940, commanded the 5th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade, Fleet Marine Force. He returned to Headquarters, Washington, in July 1940, serving first as Director of the Division of Plans and Policies. Later, he served as Assistant to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Thomas Holcomb, from November 1941 to March 1942. In March 1942, General Barrett assumed command of the 3d Marine Brigade, and the following month embarked with the Brigade for Samoa, where he welded his command into a fighting unit. He was ordered to the United States in September 1942 to assume command of the 3d Marine Division, then being organized at Camp Elliott, San Diego, California, and was promoted to Major General on assuming this command. Early in 1943, he embarked with elements of the 3d Marine Division for Auckland, New Zealand. By August 1943, he had all the major units of his division stationed on Guadalcanal, training intensively for the Bougainville operation. On September 15 1943, General Barrett relinquished command of the 3d Marine Division and assumed duties as Commanding General of the First Marine Amphibious Corps, with headquarters on Noumea, New Caledonia. In this capacity, he continued with the planning for the assault on Bougainville until his death three weeks later. Accidentally injured following a cerebral hemorrhage, he died October 8 1943 at the base hospital and was buried in the American cemetery there. Following the war, he was reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.



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