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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.

    Tolland Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 27 September 1944 as "SS NORTH CAROLINA"
    Renamed and Launched 23 November 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 4 December 1944

  1. USS UNION AKA-106
  2. Commissioned 25 April 1945

  3. USS UNION LKA-106
  4. Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) 1 January 1969
    Decommissioned 5 June 1970

    Struck from Naval Register 1 January 1976
    Sold September 1977 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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. USS Union AKA-106 / LKA-106 Covers Page 1    (1946-1963)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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

Post Office Established 18 April 1945 - Disestablished 5 June 1970


Locy Type


As AKA-106. 2nd Anniversary of V-J Day, cachet by Donald Graf


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As AKA-106


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As AKA-106. Columbus Day


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Backside of the October 12 1948 cover showing her Point Barrow marking.


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As AKA-106


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2r (B)


AKA-106. Pribilof Islands Expedition 1951. Cachet by Holton, sponsored by Neal Eskew


Locy Type


As AKA-106


Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15777)


As AKA-106. Censored Sailor's mail


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As AKA-106. Stamp cancelled with bulls-eye killer.


Other Information

USS UNION earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal w/2 battle stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (10 awards), the Philippines Liberation Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A name used to refer to the United States.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name UNION - USS Union (1842 steam ship), USS Union (1846 schooner), USS Union (1861 screw steamer) and USS Union (AKA-106).



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