IX 507

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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.

    Admiral W. S. Benson Class Transport
    Keel Laid 15 December 1942 - Launched 20 February 1944
    Acquired by the US Navy from MARCOM 18 September 1944

    Commissioned 18 September 1944 - Decommissioned 8 May 1946

    Struck from the Naval Register (Date Unknown)

    Transferred to the US Army and renamed, 1946-50

    Reacquired by the Navy 1 March 1950 and Placed in Service
    Placed out of Service 9 October 1969

    Struck from the Naval Register 9 October 1969
    Reacquired and reinstated in the Naval Register 1 November 1978

  4. IX-507
    Placed in Service as Barracks Hulk and redesignated Misc. Unclassified (IX), 1978-93

    Struck from the Naval Register 25 October 1993
    Sunk during RIMPAC 2000 Exercise as a missile target 16 June 2000

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. USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey T-AP-121 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


Machine Postmark

Seattle, WA


As USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS ADMIRAL W. L. CAPPS earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Rear Admiral Washington Lee Capps, USN (31 January 1864 – 31 May 1935)
        Capps was an officer of the United States Navy, who served during the Spanish–American War and World War I. In the first years of the 20th century, he served as Constructor of the Navy and Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair, with responsibility for naval shipbuilding.

Two ships of the US Navy were named in his honor - USS Capps DD-550 and USS Admiral W. L. Capps AP-121

USS GENERAL HUGH J. GAFFEY earned the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Major General Hugh Joseph Gaffey, USA (18 November 1895 - 16 June 1946)
        Gaffey attended Officers Training School at Fort Niagara, N.Y., and was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery Reserve 15 August 1917. Assigned to the 312th Field Artillery at Fort Meade, Md., he went to Europe in August 1918 and served in France and Germany before returning to the United States in August 1919. During the next two decades he served at various posts in the United States and served with the 15th and 18th Field Artillery and the 7th Cavalry Brigade. Assigned to the I Armored Corps in July 1940, he served with them until July 1942 when he was assigned to the 2d Armored Division. Appointed Brigadier General 5 August 1942, he was sent to the European Theater in November. From 1943 to 1944 he was the Commanding General of the 2nd Armored Division. In April 1944, he was designated Chief of Staff for General Patton's 3d Army fighting in France. He then assumed command of the 4th Armored Division in December. From 1945 to 1946 he was the Commandant of the Armored School. Major General Gaffey was killed in a B-25 crash at Goodman Field, Ky., June 1946.



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