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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.

    Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
    Planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-108
    Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-181 May 15 1944
    Keel Laid June 15 1944 - Launched July 27 1944

  1. USS ATA-181
    Commissioned October 7 1944

    Named July 16 1948
    Decommissioned June 29 1972

    Struck from Naval Register March 31 1986
    Sold July 29 1972 to ISMF, Norfolk, VA
    Sunk as a target or destroyed by test July 9 2000 near Panama City, FL.

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     (1969)



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


Locy Type




Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Other Information

ATA-181 earned one Battle Star for WWII service
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 22 to June 30 1945

USS ACCOKEEK earned the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 1 Battle star) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe—long extinct—which lived in an area of Maryland now the site of Prince Georges County.



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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