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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.

    Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid November 7 1944 - Launched March 17 1945

    Commissioned June 16 1945 - Decommissioned July 1 1975
    Struck from the Naval Register July 1 1975

    Transferred to Argentina and renamed.
Luiseno ATF156 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     (1969)



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

USS Francis Marion


GregCiesielski FrancisMarion LPA249 19691214 1 Front.jpg


Welcome to Norfolk, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS LUISENO earned the following awards during her Naval career - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

NAMESAKE - The southernmost division of the Shoshone Indians of California, who received their name from San Luis Rey, the most important Spanish mission in their territory.



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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