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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.

    Navajo Class Fleet Tug
    Keel Laid March 31 1942 - Launched August 17 1942

  1. USS CREE AT-84
    Commissioned March 28 1943

  2. USS CREE ATF-84
    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned April 21 1978

    Struck from Naval Register April 21 1978
    Sunk August 27 1978 as a 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. Covers Page 1     (1944,1947,1978)



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


GregCiesielski Cree AT84 19440322 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Cree AT84 19440322 1 Front.jpg

AT-84. Censored sailor's mail.


Locy Type
(Br. #10493)


GregCiesielski Cree ATF84 19470916 1 Front.jpg


R/S on back from Desmond D. Jagyi


Locy Type

USS Cayuga


GregCiesielski Cree ATF34 19780421 1 Front.jpg


Decommissioning of USS CREE ATF-84, cachet by Herbert C. Gordon


Other Information

USS CREE earned the following awards during her Naval career - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (w/ 3 Battle stars) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe, originally Canadian, many of whom settled in Montana during the 19th century.



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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