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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.

    Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship
    Authorized as LST-1111
    Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship (AKS-16) December 8 1944
    Keel Laid January 2 1945
    Redesignated Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APB) March 6 1945
    Launched April 9 1945

    Commissioned July 9 1945 - Decommissioned April 26 1947
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1960
    Sold August 3 1960 to Sampson Iron Supply Co. 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     (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#


GregCiesielski Blackford APB45 19460307 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Blackford APB45 19460307 1 Front.jpg



Return Address


GregCiesielski Blackford APB45 19460307 1 RetAdd.jpg
GregCiesielski Blackford APB45 19460307 1 Front.jpg

Large return address stamp.


Other Information

USS BLACKFORD earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) and the Philippines Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in east central Indiana.



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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