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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 12 December 1938 - Launched 17 August 1939

    Commissioned 26 January 1940
    Sunk by Japanese submarine HIJMS I-39, 150 miles east of Espiritu Santo, 12 December 1943


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 Navajo AT-64 Covers Page 1    (1938-1942)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 3r (A-BTT)

/ NY"


Commissioning, Cachet by Gordon A. Shaw, sponsored by Lloyd A. Nace


Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)



Memorial Day, Cachet by George Neumann and sponsored by Frederick Horton


Locy Type
3r (A-BTT)




Locy Type 3z


Censored, WWII use


Other Information

USS NAVAJO earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal w/ Fleet clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

Some historians consider NAVAJO a Pearl Harbor Survivor, However she was 12 miles outside of Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941,
while 3 miles is considered the limit by The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association

NAMESAKE - The Navajos are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States.

Six ships of the US Navy have borne the name NAVAJO - USS Navajo AT-52, USS Navajo AT-64, USS Navajo ATA-211, USNS Navajo T-ATF-169, USS Navajo III SP-298 and
USNS Navajo T-ATS-6.

The ships sponsor was Miss Olive Rasmussen.



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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