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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.

    General G. O. Squier Class Transport
    Keel Laid October 16 1944 - Launched January 21 1945

    Commissioned April 23 1945 - Decommissioned April 10 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1946
    Delivered to Maritime Commission June 15 1946
    Transferred to Army Transportation Service (Date unknown)

    Commissioned 1946 - Decommissioned 1950
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service 1950 - Out of Service December 1954
    Placed in reduced operational status December 1954
    Laid up July 26 1955 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay
    Sold for commercial service 1968

  4. PHILADELPHIA (Commercial Service)
    Renamed and converted to Container Ship

    Sold November 1987 to Taiwan breakers 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

(Br. #15778)




Locy Type


As AP-155. This cancel is not identified with the ship, so the cover was posted either on another ship or ashore.


Other Information

GENERAL A. W. BREWSTER earned 4 battle stars for Korean War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Andre Walker Brewster (December 9 1862 - March 27 1942)
Brewster was commissioned 2d Lieutenant of Infantry in January 1885. He served at various posts in the western states until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. During the Cuban campaign Brewster took part in the siege of Santiago with the 9th Infantry. Later he served with the 9th Regiment in the Battle of Tienstin, and other engagements in China during the Boxer Rebellion. Brewster was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during the Battle of Tientsin July 13 1900; and, after relative peace had been restored, he served as military attaché at Peking. Returning to the United States, Brewster was Inspector General until 1917 when he was assigned to Headquarters, American Expeditionary Force. Following his service in World War I, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal, he assumed command of the 1st Corps Area, with headquarters in Boston, where he remained until his retirement December 9 1925. Major General Brewster died at Boston March 27 1942



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