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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.

    Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker
    Keel Laid October 19 1943 as OPIE READ
    Renamed October 27 1943
    Launched December 3 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy January 5 1944

  1. USS PANDA IX-125
    Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) January 6 1944
    Decommissioned July 12 1946
    Transferred July 15 1946 to War Shipping Administration for disposal
    Name reverted to OPIE READ

    Struck from Naval Register July 31 1946

  2. WESTPORT (Commercial Service)
    Sold April 1948 to Eastport SS Corp. New York and renamed
    Converted to dry cargo ship August 1949

    Sold 1954 to Cia Nav Pardalina SA, Liberian flag and renamed

    Sold 1963 to Caroline Navigation Inc. and renamed

    Sold January 20 1968 to Japanese breakers for scrap

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     (DATE RANGE)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 7#

Branch #13933

Subic Bay PI


GregCiesielski Panda IX125 19460220 1 Front.jpg


Sailor's Mail


Other Information

USS PANDA earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp and the Philippines Liberation Medal w/ 1 bronze star during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A bearlike carnivore of Tibet and Southern China.



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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