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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 10 August 1944 - Launched 27 January 1945

  2. Commissioned 9 June 1945 - Decommissioned 1 April 1994

    Struck from Naval Register 1 April 1994
    Sunk 13 November 2004 as a SINKEX target

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. USS Conserver ARS-39 Covers Page 1     (1946-1994)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type




Locy Type 2#

(Br. #15791)




Locy Type




Locy Type
P [from 2#]


USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-100


Month is not seen in the postmark. From the Gary B. Weiss collection.


Other Information

USS CONSERVER earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4 awards), the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp, the National Defense Service Medal (3 awards), the Korean Service Medal w/ 8 Campaign Stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 Campaign stars, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

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

The ships sponsor was Mrs. H. Price.



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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