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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.

    Haskell Class Amphibious Transport
    Keel Laid June 3 1944 - Launched August 17 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy on loan-charter

    Commissioned Attack Transport (APA) October 31 1944
    Decommissioned December 27 1946
    Recommissioned December 8 1951
    Placed In Commission (In Reserve) December 1967

    Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned July 1969

    Temporary custody assigned to Maritime Administration October 20 1969
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA
    Permanent custody to Maritime Administration September 1 1971
    Towed to National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA July 1972

    Struck from Naval Register September 1 1976
    Sold October 1 1982 to C.W. Enterprise and Investment Co. for scrap

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. Talladega Covers Page 1     (1945-52)



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

1st Commissioning October 31 1944 to December 27 1946


Locy Type


As APA-208


Locy Type


The cancel was applied to the reverse of the cover.


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-6


As APA-208
Censored wartime (WWII) use

2nd Commissioning December 8 1951 to July 1969


Locy Type


As APA-208
Recommissioned, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson
USCS Catalog of United States Naval Postmarks lists Dec 28 1951 as the First Day of Postal Service (FDPS), other postmarks are backdated.


Locy Type


As APA-208
USCS 5th National Convention (1950) cover


Locy Type


As APA-208
Proof strike on a 3x5 card signed by all the NMC's


Locy Type


As APA-208
USCS 5th National Convention (1950) cover


Other Information

TALLADEGA earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ two 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/ two battle stars), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (7-Quemoy-Matsu, 3-Vietnam), the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ three campaign stars), the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Medal (3 awards), the Philippines Liberation Medal, the Philippines Independence Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of Talladega, Alabama



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