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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 27 1943 - Launched July 31 1943

    Commissioned August 22 1944 - Decommissioned December 12 1946
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Astoria Group
    Recommissioned October 10 1950 - Decommissioned March 7 1978

    Struck from Naval Register March 31 1978

  2. CHANG WON ARS-5 (South Korean Naval Service)
    Sold to South Korea March 31 1978 and renamed

    Fate unknown

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     (1945)



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

1st Commissioning August 22 1944 to December 12 1946


Locy Type


Mark from back of cover


Locy Type
CDZ (variety)


This cancel is not identified with the ship, so the cover was posted either on another ship or ashore.


Other Information

GRASP received two battle stars for World War II service, five battle stars for Korean War service, and five campaign stars for Vietnam service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Vietnam, 1-Korea) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - To make the motion of seizing or trying to seize; to clutch; to grip, as in, to hold for rescue or salvage



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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