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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 July 22 1942 as Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A1) hull
    Launched May 23 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy December 31 1943

    Commissioned February 7 1944 - Decommissioned April 1 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1946
    Transferred to Maritime Commission August 6 1947
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy March 1 1950

    Placed In Service March 1 1950 with Military Sea Transportation Service
    Placed Out of Service July 1958
    Returned to Maritime Administration July 17 1958 Laid up July 15 1958 in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR

    Struck from Naval Register July 24 1958
    Sold April 10 1968 to Pacific Far East Lines Inc.

  3. GUAM BEAR (Commercial Service)
    Placed in Commercial Service May 1968

  4. NEW ZEALAND (Commercial Service)
    Renamed April 14 1975

  5. AUSTRAL GLEN (Commercial Service)
    Sold to Farrel Lines Inc. December 22 1975 and renamed

  6. PACIFIC ENDEAVOR (Commercial Service)
    Sold August 23 1979 and renamed

    Sold January 2 1981 to Mssrs. Mohd. Iqbal Gowal & Co. Ltd., Pakistan 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     (1944)



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




Locy Type


The 9efu postmark is two days earlier than the 2z cancel next to it.


Other Information

GENERAL R. L. HOWZE received six 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 Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Robert Lee Howze (August 22 1864 - September 19 1926)
Howze graduated from the Military Academy in 1888. As a young officer he fought in the Indian Wars and earned The Medal of Honor fighting off a Sioux attack January 1 1891. In the Spanish-American War Howze served in Cuba and later the Philippines. Following a tour of duty in Puerto Rico, he was Commandant of Cadets at the Military Academy 1905 to 1909. This brought him staff posts in several major commands, and command of a cavalry unit with Pershing on the Mexican border. At the outbreak of World War I, Howze was appointed Major General and commanded the 38th Division. He took part in the Meuse-Argonne fighting and marched to the Rhine as Commander, 3d Division. He received The Distinguish Service Medal for World War I service. Returning from France, Howze was appointed Major General in the regular Army in 1922. He died at Columbus, Ohio September 19 1926



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