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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.

    Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid May 13 1944 - Launched August 26 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy October 21 1944

    Commissioned October 23 1944

    Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned August 31 1970

    Struck from Naval Register January 1 1977
    Sunk January 1989 as an artificial reef 16.5 miles off Port St Lucie FL.

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 MULIPHEN AKA/LKA-61 Covers Page 1    (1946-70)



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

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

Post Office Established October 15 1944 - Disestablished September 24 1946


Locy Type


As AKA-61
ID based on manuscript

Post Office Reestablished June 21 1951 - Disestablished 1970


Locy Type


As AKA-61


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As AKA-61


Locy Type


As AKA-61


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (LKA,USS)


As LKA-61
Greetings from Norfolk - USS Tringa ASR-16. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


As AKA-61


Locy Type
9eft(n+u) (LKA,USS)


As LKA-61


Other Information

MULIPHEN earned two battle stars for World War II service
* Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 19 to March 4 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-11 1945

MULIPHEN received the following awards during her Naval career: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

NAMESAKE - A star in constellation Canis Major.



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