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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.

    ARD-18 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock / ARDM-1 Class Medium Auxiliary Repair Dock
    Keel Laid 1943 - Launched (Date unknown)
    Delivered to U.S. Navy 1 March 1944

  1. USS ARD-19
  2. Commissioned 22 March 1944 - Decommissioned 30 September 1949
    Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange TX
    Redesignated Medium Auxiliary Repair Dock (ARDM)

  4. Recommissioned 1 October 1963 - Decommissioned 10 August 2001

    Struck from Naval Register 26 November 2001
    Transferred to US Coast Guard 8 February 2002
    Offered for sale 8 August 2018, sold December 2018

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 ARD-19 / USS Oak Ridge ARDM-1 Covers Page 1     (1946-2001)



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

Post Office Established 15 April 1944 - Disestablished 20 September 1946


Locy Type




Other Information

USS ARD-19 / OAK RIDGE ARDM-1 earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5 awards), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the early atomic development site in Tennessee.



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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