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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.

    Benawah Class Self-Propelled Barracks Ship
    Keel Laid 8 January 1944 as LST-1113
    Redesignated General Stores Issue Ship Kingman AKS-18 8 December 1944
    Redesignated Self-Propelled Barracks Ship (APB) 3 March 1945
    Launched 17 April 1945

    Commissioned 27 June 1945 - Decommissioned 15 January 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 1 October 1977
    Sold for scrapping 19 November 1980

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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 Kingman APB-47 Covers Page 1     (1946)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 2#

(Br. #15887)


Text cachet by B. Saunders Bullard


Locy Type 9#

(Br. #15887)


From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS KINGMAN earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in Illinois.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. K. B. Bragg.



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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