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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.

    Andromeda Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid July 10 1944 - Launched November 30 1944
    Acquired by U.S. Navy January 18 1945

    Commissioned Attack Cargo Ship (AKA) January 19 1945
    Decommissioned February 1 1957
    Recommissioned November 24 1961

    Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned November 1969

    Struck from Naval Register September 1 1976
    Sold 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. Winston Covers Page 1     (1945-65)



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 January 19 1945 to February 1 1957

Post Office Period December 10 1944 to August 13 1946


Locy Type
FDC 2(n)


AKA-94. Launching cachet overprinted for the Commissioning/First Day of Postal Service.


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-36




Locy Type


As AKA-94


Locy Type

(Br. #15190)


AKA-94. Note: Day is inverted.

1st Commissioning January 19 1945 to February 1 1957

Post Office Period September 15 1949 to November 2 1956


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. W-36a


As AKA-94. Armed Forces Day, cachet by Moffett Chapter No. 6, USCS


Locy Type


AKA-94. Device from 1st Post Office Period carried over. Cachet by George V. Sadworth

2nd Commissioning November 24 1961 to November 1969


Locy Type
9ef(nu) (USS)


LKA-94. Strike on plain card


Other Information

USS WINSTON earned two Navy Unit Commendation Ribbons, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), two National Defense Service Medals, the Korean Service Medal (w/ 6 Battle stars), three Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 6 Campaign stars), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (4 awards), the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Counties in Alabama and Mississippi.



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