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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.

    Bolster Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
    Keel Laid July 20 1944 - Launched December 23 1944

    Commissioned May 1 1945 - Decommissioned September 24 1994

    Struck from Naval Register September 24 1994
    Transferred February 1 1999 to Maritime Administration
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA

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. Covers Page 1     (1946)



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


Locy Type

(Br. #15795)




USPS Type 9

"Naval Station"

San Diego, CA


No Image

Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

Earned 7 Battle Stars (Korea)
* North Korean Aggression, September - November 1950
* Communist China Aggression, November 1950 - January 1951
* First UN Counter Offensive, February - April 1951
* Communist China Spring Offensive, May 1951
* Second Korean Winter, February - April 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952, June - July 1952
* Korea Summer-Fall 1953, March - April 1953

Earned 11 Battle Stars (Vietnam)
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive, February 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II, October 1967 - January 1968
* Tet Counteroffensive, January - February 1968
* Tet 69/Counteroffensive, March - May 1969
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969, July - August 1969
* Vietnam Winter-Summer 1970, April 1970
* Sanctuary Counteroffensive, May - June 1970
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII, July - September 1970
* Consolidation I, October - November 1971
* Consolidation II, December 1971 - March 1972
* Vietnam Ceasefire, March - September 1972

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Seccretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Combat Action Ribbon (3)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Korean Service Medal (7)
Vietnam Service Medal (11)
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2)
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - To support, hold up, or maintain



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