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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.

    Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid October 1 1942 - Launched March 3 1943

  1. USS PAKANA AT-108
    Commissioned Fleet Tug (AT) December 17 1943

    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned April 30 1948
    Laid up Rreserve Fleet, San Diego Group

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1963
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
    Reinstated in Naval Register May 17 1966
    Transferred to the Dept of Interior, Bureau of Mines

    Sunk as target May 27 1975

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     (1943)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


JohnGermann Pakana ATF108 19460605 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pakana ATF108 19460605 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

PAKANA earned one battle star for service in World War II

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive-Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Individual Awards...
Purple Heart (3-WIA April 23 1945)

NAMESAKE - An Indian tribe of Texas



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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