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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.

    Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid November 28 1942 as Fleet Tug (AT)
    Launched April 22 1943

    Commissioned November 15 1943

    Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned September 30 1978

  3. ARM YAQUI A-18 (Mexican Naval Service)
    Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Mexico September 1 1978 and renamed

  4. ARM A.H. EHECATL A-53 (Mexican Naval Service)
    Renamed (Date unknown)

  5. ARM YAQUI ARE-02 (Mexican Naval Service)
    Redesignated and name returned (Date unknown)

    Struck from Naval Register September 30 1978
    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     (1945-66)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established October 15 1943 - Disestablished April 15 1945


Locy Type


As ATF-96
Mark from back of cover


Locy Type Pz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-3


As ATF-96


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-R2


As ATF-96


Locy Type


As ATF-96


Other Information

ABNAKI earned three battle stars for Korean War service
* Communist China Spring Offensive
July 6-8 1951
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive
July 9-19 1951
September 8-13 1951
November 10-27 1951
* Second Korean Winter
November 28 to December 1 1951
December 24 1951 to January 20 1952

Earned six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive
May 21 to June 24 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
August 25 to September 26 1966
October 25-30 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
September 15 to October 17 1967
October 19-24 1967
November 27 1967 to January 1 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
May 21-24 1971
June 24-28 1971
* Consolidation I
July 20 and 30-31 1971
August 3-5 and 15-17 1971
* Vietnam Ceasefire
October 5-29 1972
November 23 to December 2 1972
December 20-31 1972

USS ABNAKI earned two (2) Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbons, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Service 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/ 3 Battle Stars), two (2) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 10 Battle Stars), the Humanitarian Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Combat Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for a confederation of tribes of Algonquin Indian stock that inhabited the region surrounding the border between what is now the state of Maine and Canada.



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