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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.

    Oxford Class Technical Research Ship
    Keel Laid May 23 1945 as Liberty Ship "SS Samuel R Ailken"
    Launched July 31 1945
    Completed and turned over to the Maritime Commission August 25 1945
    Chartered by Moore McCormack Steamship Lines
    Chartered by Arnold Bernstein Line
    Returned to the Maritime Commission April 10 1948
    Acquired by the US Navy in October 1960

  1. USS OXFORD AG-159
    Commissioned July 8 1961

    Redesignated Technical Research Ship (AGTR) April 1 1964
    Decommissioned December 19 1969

    Struck from the Naval Register December 19 1969
    Scrapped in 1970

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     (1961-65)



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
FDPS 2(n)


AG-159. First Day of Postal Service.


Locy Type


Redesignated AGTR-1 on April 1 1964 but still using the AG postmark.


Locy Type




Other Information

USS OXFORD earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 10 Campaign stars), the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

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There has been two ships of the US Navy named OXFORD - USS Oxford APA-189 and USS Oxford AGTR-1.



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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