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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.

    Ormsby Class Attack Transport
    Keel Laid July 22 1942
    Assigned to U.S. Navy as Naval Transport AP-95
    Launched October 10 1942 as NORTHERN LIGHTS
    Reclassified and redesignated Attack Transport (APA) February 1 1943

    Commissioned June 30 1943 - Decommissioned March 11 1946

    Struck from Naval Register April 17 1946
    Returned to Maritime Commission May 2 1946

  2. AMERICAN PLANTER (Commercial Service)
    Transferred October 24 1947 to the United States Lines and renamed
    Returned to MARAD June 13 1965 and placed in reserve fleet
    Chartered to States Marine Lines for MSTS operation August 26 1965
    Returned to MARAD November 17 1967 and placed in reserve fleet
    Purchased for scrap March 3 1969
    Physically withdrawn from the reserve fleet March 25 1969
    Scrapped May 1969 at Terminal Island, CA.
Pierce APA50 Photo.jpg

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


GregCiesielski Pierce APA50 19440524 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pierce APA50 19440524 1 Front.jpg

Censored, sailor's mail.


Locy Type


JonBurdett pierce apa50 19460124 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pierce apa50 19460124.jpg



Other Information

PIERCE earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 7 Battle stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) and two (2) Philippines Liberation Medals during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Counties in Georgia, Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.



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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