MARKAB AR 23

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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.

    Hamul Class Destroyer Tender
    Keel Laid (Date unknown)
    Launched December 21 1940 as MORMACPENN
    Acquired by U.S. Navy June 2 1941 and renamed

  1. USS MARKAB AK-31
    Commissioned June 15 1941

  2. USS MARKAB AD-21
    Reclassified Destroyer Tender (AD) January 24 1942
    Decommissioned June 3 1947
    Recommissioned February 26 1952 - Decommissioned July 31 1955
    Reclassified Repair Ship (AR) April 15 1960, While in reserve

  3. USS MARKAB AR-23
    Recommissioned July 1 1960 - Decommissioned December 19 1969

    Struck from Naval Register September 1 1976
    Sold April 12 1977 to Zidell Explorations Inc. for scrap
Markab AR-23 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1    (1941-68)

 

Postmarks

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Postmark Type
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Killer Bar Text

Date From
to
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning June 15 1941 to June 3 1947


 

Locy Type
FDPS 3

1941-08-12

GregCiesielski Markab AK31 19410812 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Markab AK31 19410812 1 Front.jpg

As AK-31
First Day of Postal Service, patriotic cachet by Jacques Minkus


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9x

1941-08-12

JonBurdett markab ar23 19410812 pm9x.jpg
JonBurdett markab ar23 19410812.jpg

As AK-31
First Day Postal Service


 

Locy Type
FDPS 9efw

1941-08-12

JonBurdett markab ar23 19410812 pm9w.jpg
JonBurdett markab ar23 19410812.jpg

As AK-31
First Day Postal Service
Unlisted as FDPS in USCS Postmark Catalog


 

Locy Type
2z

1944-07-07

GregCiesielski Markab AD21 19440707 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Markab AD21 19440707 1 Front.jpg

As AD-21
Censored Sailor's mail


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1943-12-20

JonBurdett markab ad21 19431220r pm.jpg
JonBurdett markab ad21 19431220.jpeg

As AD-21
Censored wartime (WWII) use


 

Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-14

1947-04-11

GregCiesielski Markab AK31 19470411 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Markab AK31 19470411 1 Front.jpg

As AD-21


2nd Commissioning February 26 1952 to July 31 1956


 

Locy Type
2r

1954-06-23

JonBurdett markab ad21 19540623 pm.jpg
JonBurdett markab ad21 19540623.JPG

As AD-21


 

Locy Type
9efu

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-14b

1954-06-23

JonBurdett markab ad21 19540623r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett markab ad21 19540623.JPG

As AD-21


3rd Commissioning July 1 1960 to December 19 1969


 

Locy Type
2tnu

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-14e

1965-01-08

GregCiesielski Markab AR23 19650108 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Markab AR23 19650108 1 Front.jpg

As AR-23


 

Locy Type
2t(n+u)

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-14f

1968-12-30

JonBurdett markab ar23 19681230 pm.jpg
JonBurdett markab ar23 19681230.jpg

As AR-23


 

Locy Type
9f(nu) (USS)

1965-01-08

GregCiesielski Markab AR23 19650108 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Markab AR23 19650108 1 Back.jpg

As AR-23


 

Locy Type
9ft(n+u) (USS)

1968-12-30

JonBurdett markab ar23 19681230 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett markab ar23 19681230.jpg

As AR-23

 

Other Information

MARKAB earned the American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 1 Campaign star), the Philippines Liberation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A star in the constellation Pegasus.

 


 

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