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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.

    Catskill Class Mine Layer
    Keel Laid July 12 1941 as Transport AP-106
    Reclassified May 1 1943 as Mine Layer (CM)
    Launched May 19 1942
    Reclassified Landing Ship Vehicle (LSV) April 21 1944

    Commissioned June 30 1944 - Decommissioned August 30 1946
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Reclassified Mine Countermeasures Support Ship (MCS) October 18 1956, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1961
    Reinstated on Naval Register June 1 1964

    Recommissioned October 6 1967 - Decommissioned December 1 1970

    Sold November 9 1973 to Tai Kien Industry Co. Ltd for scrap

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. Catskill Covers Page 1     (1944-67)



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

Post Office Established June 30 1944 - Disestablished August 28 1946


Locy Type


As LSV-1


Locy Type


As LSV-1
Mark from back of cover

Post Office Reestablished September 8 1967 - Disestablished December 1 1970


Locy Type
FDPS 2(n+) Sep 8, 1967


As MCS-1
First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As MCS-1
Official Ship's Crest cachet


Other Information

CATSKILL earned 3 Battle Stars for WWII
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, October 20 1944, and November 14 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 9 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-5 1945

Earned 5 Battle Stars for Vietnam Service
* Tet 69/Counteroffensive
May 5-11 1969
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
June 9-18 1969
* Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
March 14 to April 12 1970
* Sanctuary Counteroffensive
June 28-30 1970
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
July 1 1970

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - A northward extension of the Appalachian Mountain Range into southeastern New York State



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