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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.

    Chanticleer Class Submarine Rescue Ship
    Keel Laid September 30 1941 - Launched May 28 1942

    Commissioned January 22 1943 - Decommissioned September 14 1977

    Struck from Naval Register September 15 1977
    Sunk as target January 19 1991

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     (1943)



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


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

Oakland CA


No Image



Locy Type P
(used after POD)


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-79


Post office discontinued August 30 1945


Locy Type SL




Machine Cancel

Kahului HI


No Image

Commemorating the visit between USS COUCAL and USS Tang AGSS-563. Cachet by Glenn L. Smith


USPS Type 9

"Submarine Base Station"

Honolulu HI


No Image

Decommissioning, cachet by Glenn L. Smith


USPS Type 9

"Submarine Base Station"

Honolulu HI


No Image

Decommissioning, cachet by George Newman and Ronald Reeves as R&G Cachets.


Other Information

COUCAL received the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 4 Campaign stars) - Philippines Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - A bird of Africa and southern Asia.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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