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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.

    Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 1944 - Launched 7 May 1944
    Completed 23 December 1944

    Commissioned 26 January 1945 - Decommissioned 25 July 1946

    Returned to the WSA 26 July 1946
    Struck from the Naval Register 15 August 1946
    Reacquired by the Navy 9 May 1947

    Recommissioned 12 June 1947 - Decommissioned 7 February 1956

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 April 1960
    Sold for scrapping 17 October 1960
    Title transfer to MARAD 14 December 1960
    Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet 14 December 1960

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 Grainger AK-184 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


Locy Type
10666 Branch
Kwajalein, Marshall Islands


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS GRAINGER earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal w/ (Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 2 Campaign stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in Tennessee.



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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