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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.

    Crater Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid September 25 1943
    Launched November 6 1943 as JOSEPH H. KIBBEY
    Delivered to Maritime Commission November 17 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy June 12 1944

  1. USS PHOBOS AK-129
    Commissioned June 12 1944 - Decommissioned March 22 1946
    Returned to Maritime Commission March 22 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 17 1946
    Transferred to U.S. Coast Guard

    Commissioned April 17 1946 - Decommissioned (Date unknown)

    Scrapped 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     (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


JohnGermann Phobos AK129 19440915 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Phobos AK129 19440915 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type

USCS Catalog
CD-R2 (unlisted)


JonBurdett phobos ak129 19460315 pm.jpg
JonBurdett phobos ak129 19460315.jpg



Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal<b - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

NAMESAKE - A satellite of the planet Mars



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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