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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-13)
    Keel Laid February 11 1944 as "SS MOLLIE MOORE DAVIS"
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) March 14 1944
    Launched March 27 1944
    Acquired by US Navy April 24 1944 and renamed "BURIAS"

    Commissioned April 24 1944 - Decommissioned April 9 1946
    Struck from Naval Register July 17 1947
    Laid up August 15 1947 in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Sold November 2 1970 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 2z


GregCiesielski Burias AG69 19460108 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Burias AG69 19460108 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's mail


Locy Type 9efu


GregCiesielski Burias AG69 19460403 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Burias AG69 19460403 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's mail


Other Information

USS BURIAS received the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - An island located in the Philippine Islands south of Luzon Island.



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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