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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.

    Camano Class Light Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid December 1943, for the US Army as FS-370 (Small Freighter)
    Redesignated FP-370 (Produce Freighter) during construction

  1. FSAT FP-370 (U.S. Army)
    Delivered to the US Army July 1944 and placed in service

  2. USNS T-AKL-28
    Acquired by the US Navy 1 July 1950 and placed in service

    Named 5 September 1952

    Commissioned 31 October 1952 - Decommissioned 6 December 1956

    Placed in service 6 December 1956

    Recommissioned 1 September 1965 - Decommissioned 1 November 1971

  7. ROKS ULSAN AKL-910 (South Korean Naval Service)
    Loaned to the Republic of South Korea and commissioned 1 November 1971
    Sold outright to the Republic of South Korea 15 November 1974

    Struck from the Naval Register 15 November 1974
    Final Disposition, fate unknown

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 Brule AKL-28 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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
17064 Branch
Agana, Guam


As AKL-28. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS BRULE earned the Combat Action Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 13 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (3 awards), the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in south central South Dakota established on 14 January 1875 and named for the Brule subdivision of the Sioux Indians.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name BRULE - USS Brule APA-66 and USS Brule AKL-28.



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