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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.

    Tryon Class Evacuation Transport
    Keel Laid June 3 1941 as Maritime Commission type (C2-S1-A1) hull Launched December 4 1941 as ALCOA CORSAIR
    Designated for U.S. Navy use May 23 1942 as MERCY APH-2
    Renamed August 13 1942
    Acquired by U.S. Navy November 27 1942

    Commissioned November 27 1942 - Decommissioned September 9 1946
    Transferred U.S. Army Transportation Service

    Commissioned by U.S. Army Transportation Service September 9 1946
    Returned to U.S. Navy March 1 1950
    Assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service

    Placed In Service March 1 1950 - Out of Service December 26 1957
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N.Y.

    Struck from Naval Register December 27 1957
    Sold September 28 1970 to Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp. Taiwan 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. Pinkney Covers Page 1     (1945)
  2. Private Elden H. Johnson 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


Locy Type
3z (TBT)


JonBurdett pinkney aph2 19451217 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pinkney aph2 19451217.jpeg



Other Information

PINKNEY earned six battle stars during World War II

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 28 April 1945-Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal

Personnel Awards...
Purple Heart (18-KIA, April 28 1945 - Okinawa)

Ninian Pinkney (June 7 1811 - December 15 1877)
Medical Director of the Navy, Pinkney served throughout the Civil War

ELDEN H. JOHNSON (1921 – June 3 1944)
Johnson was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II. Johnson joined the Army from East Weymouth, Massachusetts, and by June 3 1944 was serving as a Private in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. When his unit was ambushed on that day, near Valmontone, Italy, he deliberately drew the hostile German fire onto himself so that his comrades could escape. He succeeded in destroying a German machine gun position before he was killed. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on May 16 1945



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