From NavalCoverMuseum
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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.

    Gypsy Class Salvage Lifting Vessel
    Authorized as Medium Landing Ship LSM-549
    Reclassified Salvage Lifting Vessel (ARSD) April 24 1945
    Keel Laid (Date unknown) - Launched December 7 1945

    Commissioned March 18 1946 - Decommissioned January 21 1948
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Recommissioned August 8 1951 - Decommissioned December 23 1955
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR
    Relocated 1967 to Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1973
    Sold January 1 1974 for scrap

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     (DATE RANGE)



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 March 18 1946 to January 21 1948


Locy Type
10499 Branch
Guam, Marianas Islands


The ship had no postal facilities.

2nd Commissioning August 8 1951 to December 23 1955


U.S. NAVY Machine

(Br. #13793)




Other Information

GYPSY earned three battle stars for Korean War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - A type of small winch



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.


Copyright 2023 Naval Cover Museum