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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.

    Lt. James E. Robinson Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 15 April 1944 SS MANDAN VICTORY
    Launched 26 May 1944
    Delivered to WSA, 19 June 1944 for ops to Isthmian Steamship Co.
    Laid up with the Nat. Def. Reserve Fleet December 1947

    Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service, 23 April 1948 and placed in commission
    Decommissioned by the US Army 1 March 1950

    Acquired by the US Navy 1 March 1950

    Placed in service by MSTS 1 March 1950

    Reclassified Cargo Ship (T-AK) 7 May 1956
    Grounded on Triton Island in 1973. All attempts to remove the ship from the reef failed.

    Placed out of service 1973
    Struck from the Naval Register in 1973
    Final Disposition, lost due to grounding

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. USNS Sgt. Jack J. Pendleton T-AK-276 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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

Alameda, CA


JohnGermann Sgt. Jack J. Pendleton TAK276 19680514 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

USNS SGT. JACK J. PENDLETON earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Staff Sergeant Jack J. Pendleton, USA (31 March 1918 - 12 October 1944)
        Pendleton, Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, was killed in action after his company had been pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire in Bardenberg, Germany, on 12 October 1944. The enemy position was protected by another, lone machine gun which commanded an intersection in the approach to the stronger emplacement and which had to be taken before the unit could advance on the stronger position. After several unsuccessful attempts had been made against the gun at the intersection, Sgt. Pendleton and his squad began crawling forward, with the sergeant approximately 10 yards in advance of his men. Withering fire kept them low and, after advancing approximately 130 yards, Sgt. Pendleton was seriously wounded. He disregarded the wound, however; ordered his men to remain where they were; and, with a supply of hand grenades, began working his way forward alone. Drawing fire to himself, he had advanced to within 10 yards of his target when he was killed by a burst from the gun. His actions, however, had enabled others to move, undetected, into positions from which the machine gun was knocked out. For his sacrifice in drawing the enemy's fire, Sgt. Pendleton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.



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