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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 September 22 1943 - Launched March 13 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy June 2 1944

    Commissioned June 3 1944 - Decommissioned March 4 1946

    Struck from Naval Register March 20 1946
    Transferred to Maritime Commission for disposal
    Custody assigned to American President Lines
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy July 21 1950

    Placed In Service with Military Sea Transportation Service
    Placed in Reduced Operational Status 1955
    Placed Out of Service October 1 1958
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA

    Sold 1971 to Murphy Pacific Marine Salvage Company for scrap
    Sunk (Storm/Grounding) January 9 1972, off Cape Flattery

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     (1944-46)



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


Censored wartime (WWII) use on G.M. Cigarette Card


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use on G.M. Cigarette Card. USCG manned.


Locy Type


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

USNS GENERAL M. C. MEIGS received 6 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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe and Asia clasps) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Montgomery Cunningham Meigs (May 3 1816 - January 2 1892)
Meigs graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1836. He served with the Corps of Engineers for a quarter of a century and in 1861 became Quartermaster General. In addition to equipping and supplying the Union Armies during the Civil War, General Meigs supervised the construction of the Washington Aqueduct and the dome and wings of the United States Capitol. After the Civil War, he was a member of the Commission for the Reform and Reorganization of the Army. General Meigs retired in 1882 and died in Washington, D.C., January 2 1892



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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