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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.

    Appalachian Class Amphibious Force Command Ship
    Keel Laid 4 December 1942 - Launched 7 March 1943
    Transferred to US Navy 15 March 1943

  2. Commissioned 27 September 1943 - Decommissioned 14 March 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 1 January 1960
    Sold 26 August 1960 for scrapping

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. USS Blue Ridge AGC-2 Covers Page 1     (1943-1944)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type 2#

(Br. #16054)


GregCiesielski BlueRidge AGC2 19460808 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BlueRidge AGC2 19460808 1 Front.jpg

Cachet by C. Stephen Anderson


Locy Type 2z


JonBurdett blueridge agc2 19431020 pm.jpg
JonBurdett blueridge agc2 19431020.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett blueridge agc2 19441121 pm.jpg
JonBurdett blueridge agc2 19441121.jpg

Mark from back of cover


Other Information

BLUE RIDGE earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 2 battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp and the Philippines Liberation Medal (2 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The name given to the eastern and southeastern ranges of the Appalachian Mountains that extend south from a point near Harper’s Ferry, W. Va., across Virginia and North Carolina into northern Georgia.



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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