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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.

    Luzon Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship
    Keel Laid April 11 1943
    Launched May 13 1943 as Liberty Ship ELBERT HUBBARD
    Acquired by U.S. Navy May 20 1943

    Commissioned November 6 1943 - Decommissioned May 17 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 1961
    Transferred to Maritime Commission 1961
    Scuttled to form an artificial reef off Daytona Beach, Florida, in 85-foot deep water at 29°12.00′N 80°44.87′W / 29.2, -80.74783, 11 miles northeast of Ponce de León Inlet.

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. 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 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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Mindanao ARG3 19450116 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Mindanao ARG3 19450116 1 Front.jpg

Censored, Sailor's mail


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Mindanao ARG3 19451031 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Mindanao ARG3 19451031 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's mail


Locy Type


JonBurdett mindanao arg3 19460504 pm.jpg
JonBurdett mindanao arg3 19460504.jpg

Type 2 bars added


Other Information

MINDANAO received the following awards during her Naval career - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - Named for the Island of Mindanao, second largest and southernmost island in the Philippines.

There have been three ships in the US Navy named MINDANAO -
USS Mindanao (1898), was a former Spanish unarmored gunboat captured by the US Army May 1 1898 and acquired by the US Navy January 17 1899. The cost of preparing her for sea duty was too high and she was stricken from the Navy list February 11 1905 and sold for scrap.
USS Mindanao PR-8 and USS Mindanao ARG-3.



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