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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 27 1942 - Launched October 14 1942

    Commissioned May 29 1943

    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned October 1 1977
    Laid up in Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1979
    Sold April 1 1979 for scrap

  3. MATACO (Commercial Service)
    Resold (Date unknown) as "Party Boat" at Acapulco, Mexico
    Laid up and moored to a buoy at Acapulco Mexico

    Sunk (Date unknown) after 12 years of neglect at the buoy in 60 feet of water
    Hulk remains there today

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     (1946-77)



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


As ATF-86


Other Information

MATACO received five battle stars for World War II service, four battle stars for Korean War service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (4) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe in northeastern Argentina along the Pelcomayo, River



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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