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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 October 7 1940 as Maritime Commission type (C3A-P&C) hull
    Launched June 28 1941
    Operated by American President Lines
    Acquired by U.S. Navy September 6 1943

    Commissioned October 4 1943 - Decommissioned January 26 1946
    Transferred January 26 1946 to Maritime Commission for return to her owner
    Struck from Naval Register February 25 1946

    Returned to Merchant Service
    Operated by American President Lines

  3. GAUCHO MARTIN FIERRO (Liberian Registry)
    Sold to Libera 1965 and renamed
    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     (1944-45)



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


USPO Slogan

Honolulu, Hawaii


JonBurdett presidentpolk ap103 19490120 cc.jpg
JonBurdett presidentpolk ap103 19490120.jpg

Pursurs Mark


Locy Type


JonBurdett presidentpolk ap103 19440322 pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentpolk ap103 19440322.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type


JonBurdett presidentpolk ap103 19451203 pm.jpg
JonBurdett presidentpolk ap103 19451203.jpg



Other Information

PRESIDENT POLK earned 6 battle stars for World War II service

NAMESAKE - James Knox Polk (November 2 1795 - June 15 1849)
11th President of The United States



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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