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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.

    Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug
    Authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug (ATR-140)
    Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug (ATA-213) 15 May 1944
    Keel Laid 16 February 1945 - Launched 9 April 1945

  1. USS ATA-213
    Commissioned 1 June 1945

    Named 16 January 1948
    Decommissioned 30 June 1970

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 June 1980
    Towed to NAB Little Creek for use as a fire fighting and salvage training hulk
    Sunk as a target off Norfolk, VA. 3 June 2001

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. USS Keywadin ATA-213 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image








Other Information

USS KEYWADIN earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - An Indian word meaning "North Wind."

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name KEYWADIN - USS Keywadin (1869 Monitor) and USS Keywadin ATA-213.



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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