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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.

    Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid January 10 1943 as Fleet Tug AT-96
    Launched June 22 1943

    Commissioned January 5 1944

    Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned July 1 1971

  3. SARGENTO ALEDEA ATF-63 (Chilean Naval Service)
    Transferred July 1 1971 under the Security Assistance Program to Chile 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-98 Covers Page 1     (1943)
  2. ATF-98 Covers Page 1     (1966)



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 C. Stephen Anderson.


Other Information

ARIKARA earned 3 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
* Invasion of southern France, August - September 1944
* Okinawa Gunto operation, Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, March - June 1945

Earned 5 Battle Stars (Korea)
* North Korean Aggression, July - November 1950
* Inchon Landing, September 1950
* Communist China Aggression, November - December 1950
* Second Korean Winter, February - April 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952, May - August 1952

Earned 4 Battle Stars (Vietnam)
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase II, August - December 1966
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969, August - October 1969
* Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII, December 1970

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive Invasion of Normandy) - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5) - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - A loose confederacy of subtribes of American Indians related to the Pawnee. The Arikara inhabited villages in the Missouri River valley



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