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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.

    Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate
    Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat PG-160
    Reclassified Patrol Frigate (PF) April 15 1943
    Keel Laid March 23 1943 - Launched July 3 1943

    Commissioned March 24 1944 - Decommissioned July 12 1945

  2. EK-8 (Soviet Union Naval Service)
    Transferred under the Lend-Lease Program to The Soviet Union July 13 1945
    Returned to U.S. custody October 15 1949
    Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Yokosuka

  3. UME PF-9 (Japanese Naval Service)
    Transferred on loan to The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force April 2 1953

  4. UME PF-289 (Japanese Naval Service)
    Hull number changed to 289 September 1 1957

  5. YAC-14 (Japanese Naval Service)
    Reclassified as Auxiliary Stock Craft (YAC) March 31 1965 while on loan
    Decommissioned by Japan March 31 1970
    Returned to U.S. custody July 12 1971
    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     (1944)



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 March 1 1944 - Disestablished April 25 1945


Locy Type


No. 10 Official Business mail envelope. ALLENTOWN was crewed by the US Coast Guard.


Other Information

ALLENTOWN earned 2 Battle Stars for her WWII service

NAMESAKE - A town in Pennsylvania.



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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