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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.

    Adria Class Stores Ship
    Keel Laid 14 August 1944 - Launched 4 October 1944
    Acquired by the Navy 5 March 1945

    Commissioned 21 March 1945 - Decommissioned 18 January 1959

    Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
    Sold by MARAD 22 April 1966 to Marine View Inc. for conversion to fish processing plant
    Final Disposition - fate unknown.

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 Merapi AF-38 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


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark
"Fleet Post Office Navy 126 Pearl Harbor Br"
Honolulu, HI


JohnGermann Merapi AF-38 19490718 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS MERAPI earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star. the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 5 Battle stars, the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (2 awards), the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named after Mount Merapi, the mountain in Java, Indonesia.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. A. B. Matthews.



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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