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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 Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid May 30 1942 - Launched September 17 1942

  1. USS LIPAN AT-85
    Commissioned April 29 1943

    Redesignated April 13 1944 - Decommissioned July 31 1973

    Placed In Service with the Military Sealift Command July 31 1973

    Transferred to US Coast Guard and Commissioned September 30 1980
    Decommissioned March 31 1988

  5. LIPAN ATF-85
    Returned to US Navy custody June 7 1988

    Struck from Naval Register January 23 1989
    Sunk as target November 1990
Lipan WMEC85 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. ATF-85 Covers Page 1     (1943-73)
  2. WMEC-85 Covers Page 1     (1976)



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

Post Office Established April 22 1943 - Disestablished February 22 1945


Locy Type


JonBurdett lipan at85 19430510 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lipan at85 19430510.jpg

Mark from back of cover


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

"Terminal Navy Sta."

Honolulu HI


GregCiesielski Lipan ATF85 19620117 1 Marking.jpg
GregCiesielski Lipan ATF85 19620117 1 Front.jpg

As ATF-85
Ship's Directory Service marking found on the back of this cover.


Machine Cancel

San Diego CA


GregCiesielski Lipan TATF85 19780328 1 Front.jpg


As T-ATF-85


Roller Cancel

Key West FL


GregCiesielski Lipan WMEC85 19851007 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Lipan WMEC85 19851007 1 RetAdd.jpg

As WMEC-85
Ship's cachet


Roller Cancel

Key West FL


GregCiesielski Lipan WMEC85 19851007 1 Cachet.jpg


As WMEC-85
Close-up view of the Ship's cachet


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 2 battle stars) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (with 4 battle stars) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (with 3 battle stars) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1 for Op. Frequent Wind) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Philippines Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe of the Apache linguistic stock found in Southwestern North America.



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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