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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.

    Klondike Class Destroyer Tender
    Kel Laid December 6 1943 - Launched August 12 1944

    Commissioned July 30 1945 - Decommissioned August 1948
    Recommissioned July 15 1959

    Reclassified Repair Ship (AR) February 20 1960
    Decommissioned December 15 1970

    Struck from Naval Register March 6 1972
    Sold May 8 1975

    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. Klondike Covers Page 1     (1946-70)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning July 30 1945 to August 1948


Locy Type

(Br. #15931)


As AD-22

2nd Commissioning July 15 1959 to December 15 1970


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


As AR-22


Locy Type


As AR-22
Still using AD mark


Other Information

KLONDIKE earned 1 campaign star for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1)

NAMESAKE - The mining district south of the Klondike River in Yugon Territory, Canada, which was the scene of the gold rush of 1897



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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