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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.

    Aloe Class Net Laying Ship
    Keel Laid (Date Unknown) as Yard Net Tender (YN)
    Launched 15 February 1941

  1. ASH YN-2
    Placed in Service 1 July 1941

  2. USS ASH AN-7
    Redesignated as a Net Layer and commissioned 20 December 1942
    Decommissioned 13 December 1946

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 September 1962
    Sold for scrapping 14 May 1971

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. USS Ash AN-7 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


The ship had no postal facilities, so this cover was posted either aboard another ship or ashore.


Locy Type 3z



Censored, WWII use. Posted from another ship or shore station, ship had no post office.


Other Information

ASH YN-2 was at Pearl Harbor, December 7 1941

USS ASH earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp), the American Campaign Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal w/ 1 Battle star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A genus of trees of the olive family characterized by pinnate leaves; gray branchlets; and thin, furrowed bark.



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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