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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.

    Auk Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid October 27 1941 - Launched July 5 1942

  1. USS PILOT AM-104
    Commissioned February 3 1943 - Decommissioned January 15 1947
    Recommissioned March 5 1952 - Decommissioned October 1954
    Reclassified Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hulled) (MSF) February 7 1955, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1972

  2. ARM JUAN ALDARMA C-85 (Mexican Naval Service)
    Transferred to Mexico July 19 1972

    Reclassified (date unknown)

    Fate unknown

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     (1943)



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


JohnGermann Pilot AM104 19450510 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pilot AM104 19450510 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type


JohnGermann Pilot AM104 19431103 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pilot AM104 19431103 1 Front.jpg

A "Thank You for the Cigarettes" card.


Other Information

PILOT received three battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman



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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