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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 John Pope Class Transport
    Keel Laid July 14 1942 as Maritime Commission type (P2-S2-R2) hull
    Launched March 21 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy July 2 1943

    Placed in Partial Commission July 3 1943 for conversion
    Placed in Full Commission August 5 1943 - Decommissioned June 12 1946
    Assigned to U.S. Army Transportation Service June 12 1946

    Commissioned 1946 - Decommissioned 1950
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy and assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service July 20 1950
    Placed in Reduced Operating Status 1955
    Placed Out of Service May 1 1970

    Struck from Naval Register October 26 1990
    Last reported at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA


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    (1945-46)



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
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type




Locy Type


Type 2 killer bars added to cancel


Other Information

GENERAL JOHN POPE earned 6 Battle Stars for Korea service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (6) - Vietnam Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - Major General John Pope (March 18 1822 - September 23 1892)
Pope was a U.S. Army officer during The Mexican-American War and The Civil War.
After serving in Florida and helping survey the northeastern boundary line between the United States and Canada, he fought gallantly at Monterey and Buena Vista during The Mexican-American War. He served in The Civil War as mustering officer at Chicago but was soon appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers. In May 1861 General Pope assumed command of the District of North and Central Missouri and forced the Confederates to retreat southward. He cooperated with Flag Officer Foot in taking of New Madris and Island No. 10. Subsequently he commanded the Army of the Mississippi during the siege of Corinth, winning a promotion to Major General. He headed the newly formed Army of Virginia after the collapse of the Peninsular Campaign. He was relieved after the Second Battle of Bull Run. Following the Civil War, he served with distinction in the Indian wars



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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