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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.

    Bagaduce Class Fleet Tug
    Originally assigned the name YUCCA
    Renamed February 24 1919
    Keel Laid March 5 1919 - Launched July 24 1919

  1. USS NAPA Fleet Tug No. 32
    Commissioned December 5 1919

  2. USS NAPA AT-32
    Designated (AT) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned June 7 1929
    Recommissioned August 15 1939
    SUNK (Scuttled) April 9 1942 at Bataan

    Struck from Naval Register May 8 1942


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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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. USS Napa AT-32 Covers Page 1    (1940-1941)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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
Cover Image

1st Commissioning December 5 1919 to June 7 1929

Post Office Established Dec 5, 1919 - Post Office Disestablished Apr 30, 1921
No Postal Facilities At This Time


Locy Type PPB

Locy Type 9v


Registered cover, courtesy of the Jim Myerson Collection. See Navy Yard Guam M. I.

2nd Commissioning August 15 1939 to April 9 1942

Post Office Reestablished Jan 10, 1940 - Post Office Disestablished Apr 8, 1942


Locy Type





Locy Type
3r (A-TBT)





Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

USS NAPA earned the American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Philippine Defense Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the Indian Tribe that occupied the Napa Valley in California.



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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