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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.

    Aloe Class Net Laying Ship
    Keel Laid October 18 1940 - Launched February 1 1941

  1. USS PALM YN-23
    Commissioned as Yard Net Tender (YN) November 1 1941

  2. USS PALM AN-28
    Reclassified Net Laying Ship (AN) January 20 1944
    Decommissioned January 1 1947
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)
    Transferred to National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia Group
    Custody transferred to Maritime Administration September 1 1962

    Sold June 22 1971 to Hatch and Kirk Inc. for scrap

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. YN-23 Covers Page 1     (1943)
  2. AN-28 Covers Page 1     (1944)



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 Palm AN28 19451210 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - A tree of the spadiciflorae, palmae class



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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