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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.

    Anacostia Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel laid April 20 1942
    Launched August 17 1942 as CORSICANA
    Acquired by U.S. Navy August 29 1942 and renamed

  1. USS PECOS AO-65
    Commissioned October 5 1942 - Decommissioned March 14 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1947
    Transferred April 1 1947 to Maritime Commission
    Leased October 20 1947 to Pacific Tankers
    Title transferred to U.S. Navy January 29 1948
    Reacquired and reinstated on Naval Register March 20 1950
    Assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)

    Placed In Service July 18 1950 - Out of Service August 6 1975
    Transferred August 6 1975 to Maritime Administration (MARAD) for disposal

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1974
    Sold August 6 1975 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

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

1st Commissioning October 5 1942 to March 14 1946


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


GregCiesielski Pecos AO65 19440109 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pecos AO65 19440109 1 Front.jpg

Censored sailors mail

2nd Commissioning July 18 1950 to August 6 1975


Machine Postmark

New York, NY


JohnGermann Pecos TAO65 19740711 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

PECOS received seven battle stars for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Jan. 2 45, Jan. 4 45, Jan. 7 45) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A river in New Mexico and Texas

There has been two ships of the US Navy named PECOS - USS Pecos AO-6 and USS Pecos AO-65.



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