BRAZOS AO 4

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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.

    Brazos Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid June 21 1917 - Launched May 1 1919

  1. USS BRAZOS Fleet Oiler No. 4
    Commissioned October 1 1919

  2. USS BRAZOS AO-4
    Designated (AO) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned February 8 1946

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Transferred to Maritime Commission July 1 1946

    Sold January 6 1947 to Boston Metals 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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    (1931-41)

 

Postmarks

This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BBT)

"MOTHERS /
DAY"

1934-05-13
to
1934-05-13

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19340513 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19340513 1 Front.jpg

Mother's Day


 

Locy Type
3 (BC-BTT)

1937-09-06
to
1937-09-06

JonBurdett brazos ao4 19370906 pm.jpg
JonBurdett brazos ao4 19370906.jpg

Labor Day


 

Locy Type
3r

1931-10-20
to
1931-10-20

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19311020 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLBrazos AO4 19311020 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3r

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIF"

1932-07-11
to
1932-07-11

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19320711 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19320711 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3r (AC-TTT)

"PEARL HARBOR /
HAWAII"

1940-08-06
to
1940-08-06

JonBurdett brazos ao4 19400806 pm.jpg
JonBurdett brazos ao4 19400806.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3r (AC-BTT)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

1939-11-13
to
1939-11-13

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3r (AC-BTT)

"SAN PEDRO /
CALIF"

1939-12-18
to
1939-12-18

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391218 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski BDLBrazos AO4 19391218 1 Front.jpg

Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3r (AC-BTT)

1941-09-08
to
1941-09-08

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19410908 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19410908 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3s (C)

1937-04-10
to
1937-04-10

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19370410 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19370410 1 Front.jpg

Note: Signed "Jagyi" on reverse


 

Locy Type
3z(BBT)

1942-11-07
to
1942-11-07

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19421107 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19421107 1 Front.jpg

Manuscript ship's name on back.


 

Locy Type
9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-51c

1939-11-13
to
1939-11-13

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9efw

1939-11-03
to
1939-11-03

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 3 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
9x

1939-11-07
to
1939-11-07

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 4 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19391113 1 Front.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-51d

1941-05-01
to
1941-05-01

GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19410501 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Brazos AO4 19410501 1 Front.jpg

Cachet Makers: Ralph L (Shorty) Burkholder and Walter (East Coast Lefty) Lupton.

 

Other Information

Earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
* Okinawa Gunto operation, Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, March - October 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - Named for a river in Texas

 


 

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