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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.

    Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug
    Keel Laid February 6 1919 - Launched January 12 1920

  1. USS IUKA AT-37
    Commissioned October 29 1920 - Decommissioned July 20 1932
    Recommissioned November 23 1940

  2. USS IUKA ATO-37
    Reclassified Fleet Tug Old (ATO) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned August 15 1946

  3. IUKA ATO-37
    Placed In Service August 15 1946 - Placed Out of Service April 15 1947

    Struck from Naval Register May 22 1947
    Transferred to Maritime Commission for disposal
    Sold July 8 1948


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. Iuka Covers Page 1    (1941-47)



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

2nd Commissioning November 23 1940 to August 15 1946


Locy Type

P. R."


JonBurdett iuka at37 19410214 pm.jpg
JonBurdett iuka at37 19410214.jpg

As AT-37
First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Iuka AT37 19410214 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Iuka AT37 19410214 1 Front.jpg

As AT-37
First Day of Postal Service, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type
3r (A-BTB)


GregCiesielski Iuka AT37 19411027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Iuka AT37 19411027 1 Front.jpg

As AT-37
Navy Day
Cachet by - Walter Lupton


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


JonBurdett iuka at37 19430510 pm.jpg
JonBurdett iuka at37 19430510.jpeg

As AT-37
Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

IUKA received the following awards during her Naval career: American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal.

NAMESAKE: A village in northeastern Mississippi, where Union troops under General Rosecrans engaged Confederate forces under General Price in an indecisive battle September 19 1862.



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