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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.

    Neosho Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid 1 March 1954 - Launched 9 July 1955

  2. Commissioned 12 January 1956 - Decommissioned 5 September 1980

  4. Placed In Service 5 September 1980 - Out of Service 1 April 1992

    Struck from Naval Register 31 August 1992
    Title transfer to 1 MARAD May 1999
    Scrapped 24 July 2014

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. USS Ponchatoula AO-148 Covers Page 1     (1956-1971)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post office established 12 January 1956 - Disestablished 12 July 1980


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Project Gemini GT-7, rubber stamp cachet provided by Morris W. Beck


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)




Locy Type


Applied to the reverse of the cover.


Other Information

USS PONCHATOULA earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 12 Campaign stars, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A river which rises in Tangipahao Parish, La., and flows into the Natalbany River.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. I. N. Kiland.



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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