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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.

    Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship
    Keel Laid January 8 1943 as Yard Net Tender YN-77
    Launched August 19 1943
    Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN) January 20 1944

  1. USS ABELE AN-58
    Commissioned June 2 1944 - Decommissioned March 1 1946

    Struck from the Naval Register March 28 1946
    Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission May 7 1947 for disposal
    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)



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 July 7 1944 - Disestablished November 15 1945


Locy Type




Other Information

ABELE earned 2 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 19-28 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, March 26 to June 30 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - A white poplar tree



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.