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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.

    Navajo Class Fleet Tug
    Keel Laid June 22 1942 - Launched November 5 1942

  1. USS KIOWA AT-72
    Commissioned June 7 1943

    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned October 16 1972

  3. MACORIX RM-21 (Dominican Naval Service)
    Loaned 1972 to the Dominican Republic and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register September 15 1979
    Decommissioned by the Dominican Republic 1986
    Returned to U.S. custody June 5 1992

    Sold December 12 1994 for scrap
Kiowa ATF72 Crest.jpg

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     (1946)



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


Locy Type


JonBurdett kiowa atf72 19460604 pm.jpg
JonBurdett kiowa atf72 19460604.JPG

As ATF-72


Locy Type 2z + SLKb


JohnGermann Kiowa ATF72 19470220 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Kiowa ATF72 19470220 1 Front.jpg


Locy Type



GregCiesielski Elokomin AO55 19691214 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Elokomin AO55 19691214 1 Insert.jpg

Welcome to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson. Christmas card insert.


Other Information

KIOWA earned the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (w/ 1 Battle star) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2).

NAMESAKE - A tribe of warlike and predatory American Indians, who at one time resided in Missouri. They later moved southward and often joined the Comanches in raids on other tribes and American settlers. Some members of the tribe still reside on a reservation in Oklahoma.



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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