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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 September 8 1942 - Launched December 31 1942

    Commissioned December 16 1943 - Decommissioned August 30 1946
    Recommissioned December 20 1951 - Decommissioned December 1 1977
    Struck from the Naval Register December 1 1977

  2. ROCS DA HU ARS-552 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Sold to Taiwan December 1 1977 and renamed

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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     (1973)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

2nd Commissioning December 20 1951 to December 1 1977


USPS 4-bar

Honolulu HI



Task Force 130, Skylab III


Other Information

USS GRAPPLE received the following awards during her Naval career - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 3 Battle stars) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (w/ 1 Battle star) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 5 Campaign stars) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.



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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