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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.

    President Jackson Class Transport
    Keel Laid 2 October 1939 - Launched 7 June 1940
    Delivered to American President Lines 25 October 1940
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 30 June 1941

    Commissioned Transport (AP) 16 January 1942

    Reclassified Attack Transport (APA) 1 February 1943

    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service 22 October 1949
    Decommissioned 6 July 1955

    Struck from Naval Register 1 October 1958
    Transferred 1 December 1958 to Maritime Commission for disposal
    Sold 23 April 1973 for scrap - Delivered 15 May 1973

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 President Jackson AP-37 / APA-18 Covers Page 1     (1942-1948)



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 2 February 1942 - Disestablished 1 February 1955


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-46


JonBurdett presidentjackson 19480803 pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson 19480803.jpg

As APA-18. Add-on cachet by Michael Hebert (Mh Cachets)


Locy Type


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19471120 pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19471120.jpg

As APA-18


Locy Type 2z


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19461108r pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19461108.jpg

As APA-18


Locy Type 2z*


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19440407r pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19440407.jpg

As APA-18. Censored, WWII use


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19470415 pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19470415.jpg

As APA-18


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


JonBurdett presidentjackson ap37 19420501 pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson ap37 19420501.jpg

As AP-37


Locy Type
("U.S." President Jackson)


GregCiesielski PresidentJackson APA18 19461030 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski PresidentJackson APA18 19461030 1 Front.jpg

As APA-18. Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


Locy Type


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19430510 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19430510.jpg

As APA-18. Mark from back of cover


Locy Type


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19461108r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19461108.jpg

As APA-18


Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-46a


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19431221r pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19431221.jpg

As APA-18. Censored, WWII use


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-46b


JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19430510 pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentjackson apa18 19430510.jpg

As APA-18


Other Information

USS PRESIDENT JACKSON earned the Combat Action Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (8 awards), the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 9 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 4 Battle stars, the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Philippines Liberation Medal (2 awards), the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Andrew Jackson (15 March 1767 – 8 June 1845)
Jackson was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837). He was military governor of Florida (1821), commander of the American forces at the Battle of New Orleans (1815), and eponym of the era of Jacksonian democracy. A polarizing figure who dominated American politics in the 1820s and 1830s, his political ambition combined with widening political participation, shaping the modern Democratic Party. His legacy is now seen as mixed, as a protector of popular democracy and individual liberty, checkered by his support for Indian removal and slavery. Renowned for his toughness, he was nicknamed “Old Hickory”. As he based his career in developing Tennessee, Jackson was the first president primarily associated with the American frontier.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. William G. McAdoo.



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