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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 1944 as a MC EC-2-S-C1 hull
    Launched August 12 1944
    Acquired by the Navy August 29 1944

  2. Commissioned May 3 1945 - Decommissioned January 16 1947
    Transferred to the Maritime Administration February 23 1962
    Struck from the Naval Register July 1 1963
    Sunk as an artificial fish reef off Redondo Beach, CA. in 1977

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 2#


GregCiesielski Palawan ARG10 19460423 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Palawan ARG10 19460423 1 Front.jpg

Ship's location - Shanghai China


Locy Type 9#


GregCiesielski Palawan ARG10 19460423 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Palawan ARG10 19460423 1 Back.jpg

Back side of the cover.


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-2


GregCiesielski Palawan ARG10 19460215 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Palawan ARG10 19460215 1 Front.jpg

Ship's location - Sasebo, Japan. Official mail, #10 envelope.


Other Information

USS PALAWAN 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) - Philippines Liberation Medal.

NAMESAKE - An island in the Philippines.



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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