From NavalCoverMuseum
Revision as of 18:19, 31 January 2011 by JonBurdett (talk | contribs) (new format)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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.

    Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker
    Keel Laid October 23 1942 - Launched November 18 1943

    Commissioned July 13 1944 - Decommissioned December 12 1949
    Recommissioned July 28 1950 - Decommissioned July 7 1972

    Struck from Naval Register April 15 1978

  2. HRNS ARIADNI A-414 (Greek Naval Service)
    Sold to Greece July 1 1978 and renamed
    Decommissioned by Greece February 11 2003

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     (1944)



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

1st Commissioning July 13 1944 to December 12 1949


Locy Type


Official Business. USS Tombigbee is not known to have a Type 3z postmark so this cover was postmarked from another ship or shore location.


Locy Type


Censored Sailor's mail


Locy Type


Sailor's mail


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. T-23


"US Navy in Pacific Waters" cachet.


Other Information

TOMBIGBEE earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), two National Defense Service Medals, the Korean Service Medal, the Antarctic Service Medal, three Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 9 Campaign stars), six Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation ribbons, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - (TOMBIGBEE) A river in Alabama which connects Birmingham with the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile. It rises in northeastern Mississippi and flows south by southeast into western Alabama, and joins the Alabama River to form the Mobile. The name itself is derived from Choctaw Indian words for "coffin makers."

NAMESAKE - (ARIADNI) Named after the mythical daughter of King Minas who helped Theseus to escape from the labyrinth.



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.


Copyright 2024 Naval Cover Museum