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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.

    Haven Class Hospital Ship
    Keel Laid June 28 1944
    Launched August 15 1944 as MARINE OWL
    Acquired by U.S. Navy September 30 1944 and renamed

    Commissioned June 20 1945 - Decommissioned August 15 1946
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group

    Struck from Naval Register September 1 1961
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Reacquired and reinstated on Naval Register March 1 1966
    Recommissioned November 15 1966 - Decommissioned December 15 1971
    Laid up at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco
    Recommissioned November 18 1972 - Decommissioned March 28 1975

    Struck from Naval Register February 16 1989
    Laid up at Locust Point Marine Terminal, Baltimore

    Sold August 21 2007 at pubic auction
    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     (1966-73)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning June 20 1945 to August 15 1946


Locy Type
Branch 15939



2nd Commissioning November 15 1966 to December 15 1971


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+)


First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)



3rd Commissioning November 18 1972 to March 28 1975


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Other Information

SANCTUARY earned twelve campaign stars for service in the Vietnam War

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (12) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Any place of safety



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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