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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.

    Navajo Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid November 8 1941 - Launched May 8 1942

    Commissioned December 12 1942

    Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned December 3 1946
    Recommissioned July 20 1951 - Decommissioned February 27 1974
    Struck from Naval Register March 30 1974

  3. ROCS TA WAN ATF-551 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Sold June 1 1974 to Taiwan and renamed.

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. AT-67 Covers Page 1     (1943)



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 February 18 1943 - Disestablished June 30 1945


Locy Type
FDC F Dec 12, 1942

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-94


As AT-67
First Day of Commissioning.


Locy Type
3z (BTB)


As AT-67


Other Information

APACHE earned five battle stars for WWII service
* Treasury-Bougainville operation
Treasury Island landing, October 27 1943
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina, November 1, 6, and 8 1943
* Bismarck Archipelago operation
Emirau Island, March 17 1944
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Saipan, July 17-19 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, July 21 to August 2 1944
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, October 13 to November 29 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 4-18 1945

Earned two battle stars for Korean service
* Second Korean Winter
December 19 1951 to January 4 1952
January 19 to February 18 1952
March 20 to April 13 1952
April 26-28 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
May 9-12 1952
June 16-28 1952

Earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive
January 4 to February 6 1966
March 3-5 1966

USS APACHE earned the following awards during her Naval career - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 5 Battle stars) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 1 Campaign star) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - An American Indian tribe that inhabited the southwestern portion of the United States.

Five ships of the US Navy have been named APACHE - USS Apache (Tug 1898), USS Apache (Revenue Cutter 1891), USS Apache SP-729, USS Apache ATF-67 and USNS Apache T-ATF-172. {DANFS Listing}



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