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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.

    ARD-12 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) - Launched (Date unknown)

  1. USS ARD-26
    Commissioned June 5 1944 - Decommissioned 1962
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Converted to ARDM-1 Class Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock, While in reserve

    Placed In Service August 3 1965 - Out of Service (Date unknown)
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group

    Struck from Naval Register November 23 1993
    Transferred to Ecuador December 18 2000

    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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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. ARD-26 Covers Page 1    (1945-46)
  2. ALAMOGORDO Covers Page 1     (1994)



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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Post Office Established August 1 1944 - Disestablished June 26 1946


Locy Type





Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-57
USS Frank Cable
AS 40



Inactivation Ceremony, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Named for a city in southern New Mexico about 100 miles north northeast of El Paso, Tex. Alamogordo is the seat of government for Otero County. Nearby Holloman Air Force Base, then known as Alamogordo Air Base, was the site of the first man-induced atomic explosion on July 16 1945



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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