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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.

    Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker
    Keel Laid October 11 1943
    Launched November 24 1943 as LEIF ERICSON
    Accepted by U.S. Navy December 29 1943 and renamed

    Commissioned Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) December 30 1943
    SUNK (Kamikaze) December 30 1944 at Mangarin Bay, Leyte, P.I.
    7 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty

    Struck from Naval Register January 19 1945

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     (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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image






Other Information

PORCUPINE earned 1 battle star for WWII service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (December 30 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Personnel Awards...
Purple Heart (7-KIA, 8-WIA, December 30 1944)

NAMESAKE - Any of various relatively large rodents having stiff sharp erectile bristles mingled with the hair



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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