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Lot #327

United States - U.S.Postal Agency Siberia

1920 (16 Mar) letter datelined "U.S.S. Albany", with cover addressed to Newark, endorsed "Officer's Mail" and bearing U.S.S. Albany Mar 17, 1920 Departure pmk, with Vladivostok Siberia handstamp alongside, interesting contents ("We have been in this place since Dec 19, 1919, since the capture of the town by the Reds or Constitutionalists as they call themselves, everything has been very quiet. We seldom hear any shooting and very few murders occur. I am mighty glad that all our troops will be out of here about May 1st, both for their sakes and the future of Russia"). The United States landed troops at Vladivostok in Siberia, possibly to check Japanese pretensions in that area and to secure that port as an exit for the Czech Legion then transiting the Trans-Siberian railway. In 1919 and early 1920, Albany did several tours of duty at Vladivostok in support of American troops ashore. She also sent armed landing parties ashore on several occasions in further support of those troops and to evacuate sick and wo

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