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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
    Planned as Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship (ARG-12)
    Keel Laid February 5 1944 as "SS JACQUES PHILLIPE VILLERE"
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) March 14 1944
    Launched March 21 1944
    Acquired U.S. Navy April 21 1944

    Commissioned October 10 1944 - Decommissioned April 22 1946
    Towed to Drake's Bay, CA. and turned over Maritime Commission May 14 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 28 1947
    Sold June 12 1972 to Zidell Explorations, Inc. 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     (1944)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JonBurdett basilan ag68 19441121 pm.jpg
JonBurdett basilan ag68 19441121.jpg



Locy Type


GregCiesielski Basilan AG68 19460114 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Basilan AG68 19460114 1 Front.jpg

US Navy cachet by C. Stephen Anderson


Other Information

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

NAMESAKE - The largest of the Basilan islands in the southern Philippines, located southwest of Mindanao across Basilan Strait from the Zamboanga Peninsula



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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