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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 14 March 1944
    Named General C.H. Barth AP-119 15 April 1944
    Name changed 24 August 1944 - Launched 3 September 1944
    Acquired by US Navy 4 January 1945

  2. Commissioned 6 January 1945 - Decommissioned 10 May 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 21 May 1946

  4. Transferred to the Army Transportation Service
    Commissioned 1946 - Decommissioned 1950

  6. Reacquired by the US Navy and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 20 July 1950
    Placed out of service and returned to the Maritime Commission 12 June 1958
    Reacquired and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) 18 August 1965 - Out of Service 31 March 1986

    Struck from Naval Register 31 March 1986
    Sold 10 April 1987 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. USS General William Weigel AP-119 Covers Page 1     (1945)
  2. USAT General William Weigel Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)
  3. USNS General William Weigel T-AP-119 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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 15 December 1944 - Post Office Disestablished 9 May 1946

1st Commissioning, AP-119


Locy Type 2z


Censored WWII use


Locy Type 9#

(Br. #15334)


Mark from back of cover

No Postal Facilities

4th Commissioning, T-AP-119


Ships Marking

US Army & Air Force
Postal Service
4-bar Cancel
FPO 96337


Ships Crew Mail


Other Information

GENERAL WILLIAM WEIGEL earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal w/ 7 Campaign stars, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - MGen William Weigel, USA (25 August 1863 - 4 March 1936)
Weigel graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1887. After fighting in the Indian Wars as a junior officer, he took part in the Cuban campaign during the Spanish-American War and was active in the Philippine Insurrection. As a division commander during World War; I, he commanded troops in the Aisne-Marne offensive and the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Following the war he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and served as Chief of Staff, Department of the East. Weigel later was a divisional commander and in 1&27 headed the Philippine Department. He retired as a Major General August 25 1927 and filled various civic and patriotic posts until his death in New York March 4 1936

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Earl L. Mann, a niece of Major General Weigel.

The following image is the front of a postcard, date unknown. The lettering on the bow says: U.S. Army Transport / General Wm Weigel. Contributed by Charis DeCamp.



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