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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.

    Andomeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid February 2 1943 as Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull
    Launched April 26 1943

    Commissioned June 10 1943 - Decommissioned August 30 1949

    Assigned to Naval Transportation Service
    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service

    Placed In Service October 1 1949 - Out of Service (Date unknown)

    Recommissioned April 10 1951 - Decommissioned October 31 1967
    Laid up in Atlantic Fleet Reserve, Norfolk Group
    Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) January 1 1969, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register January 1 1977
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA
    Disposed of September 27 1984

    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     (1943-58)



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 June 10 1943 to August 30 1949


Locy Type


JohnGermann Thuban AKA19 19471030 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Thuban AKA19 19471030 1 Front.jpg



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JonBurdett thuban aka19 19431221.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


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JohnGermann Thuban AKA19 19471030 2a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Thuban AKA19 19471030 2 Front.jpg


2nd Commissioning April 10 1951 to October 31 1967


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JonBurdett thuban aka19 19510507 pm.jpg
JonBurdett thuban aka19 19510507.jpeg

First Day Postal Service


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JonBurdett thuban aka19 19510719.jpg



Locy Type


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JonBurdett thuban aka19 19580526.jpg



Other Information

Earned 7 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Gilbert Islands operation, Tarawa landings, Betio Island, November 1943
* Marshall Islands operation, Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, January - February 1944
* Marianas operation, Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 1944
* Tinian capture and occupation, July 1944
* Leyte operation, Leyte landings, October 1944
* Luzon operation, Lingayen Gulf landings, January 1945
* Third Fleet operations against Japan, August - September 1945

Earned 3 Battle Stars (Korea)
* Inchon Landing, September 1950
* North Korean Aggression, September - November 1950
* Communist China Aggression, November 1950

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7)
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Korean Service Medal (3)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5-Vietnam, 1-Cuba)
Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - A star of 3.6 magnitude, the brightest body in the constellation Draco. Thuban was at one time the pole star and was important in ancient Egyptian religion



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