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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.

    Mount Hood Class Ammunition Ship
    Keel Laid February 1944 as "SS MIDNIGHT" - Launched 14 April 1944
    Acquired by US Navy and converted to Ammunition Ship (AE)

  2. Commissioned 10 October 1944 - Decommissioned 19 November 1946
    Recommissioned 14 November 1951 - Decommissioned 21 December 1970

    Struck from Naval Register 1 October 1976
    Disposed of by Maritime Administration 1 November 1986

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 Wrangell AE-12 Covers Page 1    (1955)



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

1st Commissioning 10 October 1944 to 19 November 1946


Locy Type 2z


The year date of the postmark was derived from the postal history of the ship.


Locy Type

c 1946

The year date of the postmark was taken from similar covers in the Bob Govern collection.

2nd Commissioning 14 November 1951 to 21 December 1970


Locy Type 2




Other Information

USS WRANGELL earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal w/ Asia Clasp, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Campaign stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A volcanic mountain in southeastern Alaska, near the Yukon territory.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. G. T. Cambell.



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