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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 December 17 1943 as Barracks Ship (non-self propelled) (APL)
    Reclassified Barracks Ship (self-propelled) (APB) August 8 1944
    Keel Laid June 9 1945 - Launched July 30 1945
    Completed 1947 and placed in reserve

    Commissioned January 28 1967 - Decommissioned December 15 1969

    Sold January 6 1973 to American Ship Dismantler's Inc., Portland OR for scrap
    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1973

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     (1945-67)



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

Post Office Established 1967 - Disestablished 1969


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Welcome to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


Welcome to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS COLLETON earned the Combat Action Ribbon with 1 bronze star, the Presidential Unit Citation with 1 bronze star, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with 1 bronze star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 7 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 Carolina.



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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