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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.

    Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
    Keel Laid April 2 1943 - Launched September 25 1943

    Commissioned July 18 1944 - Decommissioned August 15 1979

  2. GUMI ARS-26 (South Korean Naval Service)
    Sold to South Korea August 1 1979


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     (1948)



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


Machine Postmark

Zip Code 987, HI


Type # (Br. #15774) devices prepared but never used


Other Information

Earned 1 Battle Star (WWII)
* Okinawa Gunto operation, May - June 30 1945

Earned 3 Battle Stars (Korea)
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive, July - November 1951
* Second Korean Winter, November 1951 - January 1952
* Korea Summer-Fall 1953, May - July 1953

Earned 9 Battle Stars (Vietnam)
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II, July - August 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III, December 1967 - January 1968
* Tet Counteroffensive, February - March 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV, April - June 1968
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969, August 1969
* Sanctuary Counteroffensive, May - June 1970
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII, July - October 1970
* Consolidation I, November 1971
* Consolidation II, January - March 1972

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (FEB 27-28 1968)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
China Service Medal (extended)
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Korean Service Medal (3)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind)
Vietnam Service Medal (9)
Humanitarian Service Medal (Frequent Wind)
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3)
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - To rescue or set free



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