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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.

    Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender
    Keel Laid March 14 1944 - Launched December 2 1944

    Commissioned February 11 1945 - Decommissioned February 1 1958

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1968

  2. KNM HAAKEN VII A-537 (Norwegian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Norway May 17 1958 and renamed
    Sold to Norway May 1 1968

    Struck from the Norwegian Navy 1974 and scrapped


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    (1945-69)



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
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Cover Image

Post office established February 1 1945 - Disestablished December 12 1957


Locy Type


Maneuvers At Sea, cachet by Estelle L. Burroughs


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Columbus Day, cachet by Donald R. Graf


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Favor strike on stamp block later added to cover


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(Br. #15531)


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type
2z + SL "Tokyo"


Note: Listed in USCS Postmark Catalog as "Tokyo Bay"


Locy Type
2z "Tokyo"


Note: Listed in USCS Postmark Catalog as + SL "Tokyo Bay"


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)



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Welcome to Norfolk VA, KNM HAAKON VII ex USS Gardiners Bay AVP-39. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

GARDINERS BAY earned 2 Battle Stars for WWII
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, June 3-30 1945
* 3rd Fleet operations against Japan
July 10-25 1945

GARDINERS BAY was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender

Earned 4 Battle Stars for Korea
* North Korea Aggression
October 2-28 1950
* Communist China Aggression
November 9-19 1950
* First UN Counter Offensive
March 1-5 1951
* Korean Summer-Fall 1953
June 16 to July 1 1953

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - Named for a small arm of the Atlantic Ocean, in The State of New York between the two flukelike peninsulas at the eastern end of Long Island. It is bounded on its eastern end, where it connects to Block Island Sound, by Gardiners Island, privately owned by the Gardiner family, and the only intact real estate grant of the English Crown in the United States



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