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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
    Authorized December 17 1943 as Barracks Ship (non-self propelled) APL-40
    Reclassified Barracks Ship (self-propelled) (APB) August 8 1944
    Keel Laid January 2 1945 - Launched May 6 1945

    Commissioned November 30 1945
    Placed Inactive-in-Commission March 1946 at Green Cove Springs, FL
    Decommissioned September 30 1955
    Recommissioned May 3 1968 - Decommissioned March 13 1970
    Assigned April 16 1970 to NISMF San Diego, CA
    Assigned to Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Seattle
    Berthed August 19 1974 at WISCO Portland, OR

  2. NUECES IX-503
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) November 1 1975
    Placed In Service as Messing and Berthing Barge
    Assigned to U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility, Sasebo, Japan

  3. NUECES APL-40
    Reclassified Barracks Ship (non-self propelled) (APL) July 3 2001

    Currently part of the CincPacFlt Berthing and Messing Program
    Berthed at SRF Yokosuka, Japan

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     (1946-69)



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

1st Commissioning November 30 1945 to September 30 1955


Locy Type




Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. N-43


Christmas 1945


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




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




Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (March 2 1969) - Presidential Unit Citation - Naval Unit Citation (2) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - A county in southern Texas



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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