SUMNER AGS 5

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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.

    Bushnell Class Submarine Tender
    Keel Laid 3 June 1914 - Launched 9 February 1915

  1. USS BUSHNELL Submarine Tender
    Commissioned 24 November 1915

  2. USS BUSHNELL AS-2
    Designated (AS) 17 July 1920

  3. USS BUSHNELL AG-32
    Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) 25 July 1940

  4. USS SUMNER AG-32
    Renamed 23 August 1940

  5. USS SUMNER AGS-5
    Reclassified Survey Ship (AGS) 1 December 1943
    Decommissioned 13 September 1946

    Transferred 19 September 1946 to the Maritime Commission for disposal
Busnell AS2 1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Bushnell AS-2 Covers Page 1    (1917-1940)
  2. USS Sumner AGS-5 Covers Page 1    (1940-1946)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
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Cover Image

USS BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type 1u

1920-06-21

JonBurdett bushnell as2 19200621 pm.JPG
JonBurdett bushnell as2 19200621.JPG

As BUSHNELL Submarine Tender


 

Locy Type 1z

1918-03-26

JonBurdett bushnell subtender 19180326 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bushnell subtender 19180326.jpg

As BUSHNELL Submarine Tender. Censored WWI use


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

"KEY WEST /
FLORIDA"

1917-01-21

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19170121 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19170121 1 Front.jpg

BUSHNELL Submarine Tender. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson Collection.


 

Locy Type
3 (AC)

(with provisional bars)

1917-04-21

JonBurdett bushnell as2 19170421 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bushnell as2 19170421.jpg

As BUSHNELL Submarine Tender. Censored WWI use


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BBB)

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIFORNIA"

1934-07-04

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19340704 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19340704 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Independence Day, cachet by Henry Kraus


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BBB)

"PEARL HARBOR /
HAWAII"

1934-08-28

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19340828 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19340828 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3 (B-BBB)

"LABOR DAY /
SAN DIEGO"

1935-09-02

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19350902 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19350902 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Labor Day, Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)

1935-05-07

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19350507 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19350507 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Aloha Gobs!, Cachet by John Rodgers Chapter No. 26, USCS


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"NEW LONDON /
CONN"

1936-06-18

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19360618 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19360618 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Sailor's mail


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"U.S. FLEET /
COM SUB FOR"

1937-11-24

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19371124 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19371124 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. 22nd Anniversary of Commissioning cachet by Frederick Horton


 

Locy Type
3 (AC-TBT)

"ENDERBURY / ISLAND"
(American Polynesia)

1939-08-21

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19390821 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19390821 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"GULF OF /
GUAYAQUIL"

1940-07-11

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19400711 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19400711 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Cachet by Walter G. Crosby


 

Locy Type
3r (A-BBT)

"SAN DIEGO / CALIFORNIA"

1940-03-21

JonBurdett bushnell ag32 19400321 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bushnell ag32 19400321.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type
3s 1924

1923-12-15

JonBurdett bushnell as2 19231215 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bushnell as2 19231215.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type
3s 1928

"JOIN /
THE NAVY"

1928-05-25

JonBurdett bushnell as2 19280525 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bushnell as2 19280525.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type
5s (C)

"NAVY YARD /
PHILA PA"

1930-11-28

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19301128 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19301128 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
5bs (C,OOX)

"NEW LONDON /
CON"

1929-06-14

JonBurdett s7 19290614 pm.jpg
JonBurdett s7 19290614.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type
5hks

"MARE ISLAND /
CALIFORNIA"

1932-06-29

JonBurdett bushnell as2 19320629 pm.jpg
JonBurdett bushnell as2 19320629.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type
9v

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-74a

1928-08-10

JonBurdett s8 19280810 pm.jpg
JonBurdett s8 19280810.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2


 

Locy Type
9efw

1938-04-13

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19380413 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19380413 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. M.O. Receipt. From the David Kent collection.


 

Locy Type F

"SUBMARINE BASE /
NEW LONDON"

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-2

1935-08-13

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19350813 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19350813 1 Front.jpg

As BUSHNELL AS-2. Add-on cachet by Bruce D. Liddell


 

Locy Type
SLK

c 1926

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 1926 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 1926 1 Front.jpg

BUSHNELL Submarine Tender. Courtesy of the Jim Myerson Collection.


 

Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)

"BALBOA /
CANAL ZONE"

1940-10-19

GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19401019 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bushnell AS2 19401019 1 Front.jpg

Last Day as USS BUSHNELL Submarine Tender. Add-on cachet by Richard F. Hoffner.



USS SUMNER AGS-5


 

Locy Type
FD 3 (A-BBT)

"BALBOA /
CANAL ZONE"

1940-10-19

GregCiesielski Sumner AG32 19401019 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Sumner AG32 19401019 1 Front.jpg

First Day as USS SUMNER AG-32. First Day of Postal Service


 

Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"ENROUTE /
BALBOA C.Z."

1940-11-24

Bunter Sumner AGS 5 19401124 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Sumner AGS 5 19401124 1 front.jpg

25th Anniversary, cachet by Loring W. Stannard, sponsored by the David Bushnell Chapter No. 48, USCS


 

Locy Type
3z (BTT)

1941-08-11

GregCiesielski Sumner AG32 19410811 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Sumner AG32 19410811 1 Front.jpg

As SUMNER AG-32. Manuscript ship's name and Paul Gross' R/S on back.


 

Locy Type
9v

1941-02-07

JonBurdett sumner ag32 2741 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sumner ag32 2741.jpg

As SUMNER AG-32


 

Locy Type
9efw

1946-06-17

JonBurdett sumner ag32 19460617 pm9efw.jpg
JonBurdett sumner ag32 19460617.jpg

As SUMNER AGS-5. On the back of the 17 June 1946 cover


 

Locy Type 9x

1946-06-17

JonBurdett sumner ag32 19460617 pm9x.jpg
JonBurdett sumner ag32 19460617.jpg

As Sumner AGS-5. On the back of the June 17 1946 cover


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-71

1946-05-12

GregCiesielski Sumner AGS5 19460512 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Sumner AGS5 19460512 1 Front.jpg

As SUMNER AGS-5


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-71

1946-06-17

JonBurdett sumner ag32 19460617 pmf.jpg
JonBurdett sumner ag32 19460617.jpg

As SUMNER AGS-5


 

Locy Type P

"USS SUMNER /
AGS-5"

1946-01-01

JonBurdett sumner ags5 19460101 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sumner ags5 19460101.jpg

As SUMNER AGS-5


 

Locy Type
LDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-71

1946-09-13

JonBurdett sumner ags5 19410913 pm.jpg
JonBurdett sumner ags5 19410913.jpg

As SUMNER AGS-5. Last Day in Commission


 

Locy Type
LDC F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-71

1946-09-13

Bunter Sumner AGS 5 19460913 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Sumner AGS 5 19460913 1 front.jpg

Note:

 

Other Information

USS BUSHNELL
USS BUSHNELL earned the World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp) for her service in World War I.
NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of David Bushnell (c1742 - 1824). A graduate of Yale University in 1775, he managed to explode gunpowder underwater which is thought to have suggested to him the idea of a submarine mine or torpedo. In 1775 he completed a man-propelled, wooden submarine boat, on the outside of which was attached a powder magazine with clock mechanism enclosed for igniting it. Bushnell's vessel was unsuccessful in her attempts to blow up British vessels in 1776-77. Bushnell commanded the Corps of Engineers at West Point in 1783; later became the head of a private school in Georgia

SUMNER
USS Sumner was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941
USS SUMNER earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 3 Battle stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) and the Philippines Liberation Medal for her service in World War II

NAMESAKE - Thomas Hubbard Sumner (March 20 1807 – March 9 1876).
Sumner was a sea captain during the 19th century. He is best known for developing the celestial navigation method known as the Sumner Line or line of position.

There has been two ships of the US Navy named after Thomas H. SUMNER -
USS SUMNER (AG 32 / AGS 5) was originally the submarine tender BUSHNELL; commissioned in 1915, converted to a survey ship in World War II, and a participant in the nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll; decommissioned in 1946 and USNS SUMNER T-AGS 61.

 


 

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