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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 August 10 1944 - Launched January 27 1945

    Commissioned June 9 1945 - Decommissioned April 1 1994

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1994
    Sunk November 13 2004 as a SINKEX target
Conserver ARS39 Crest.jpg

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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Conserver ARS39 19470304 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Conserver ARS39 19470304 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type

(Br. #15791)


JonBurdett conserver ars39 19461009 pm.jpg
JonBurdett conserver ars39 19461009.jpg



Locy Type


GregCiesielski Conserver ARS39 19470304 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Conserver ARS39 19470304 1 Back.jpg




Pearl Harbor, HI


GregCiesielski Conserver ARS39 19940401 1 Front.jpg

No Image

Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


Other Information

Earned 8 Battle Stars (Korea)
* North Korean Aggression, July - November 1950
* Inchon Landing, September 1950
* Communist China Aggression, November 1950
* First UN Counter Offensive, January 1951
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive, October - November 1951
* Second Korean Winter, December 1951 - April 1952
* Third Korean Winter, April 1953
* Korea, Summer-Fall 1953, May - July 1953

Earned 6 Battle Stars (Vietnam)
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II, November 1966 - January 1967
* Tet Counteroffensive, March - April 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV, April - June 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V, July 1969
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969, August - October 1969
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII, August - November 1970

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4)
China Service Medal
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 (8)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal (6)
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - One who preserves or keeps in a safe and sound state.



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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