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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.

    Cimmeron Class Fleet Oiler / Jumboized
    Keel Laid 22 March 1945 - Launched 19 February 1946

    Commissioned 10 May 1946 - Enlarged circa 1964-65
    Decommissioned 15 July 1975

    Placed In Service with MSC 1975 - Out of Service 1991

    Struck from Naval Register 21 September 1991
    Sold 21 September 2005 for scrap
Pawcatuck AO108 1 Crest.jpg

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 Pawcatuck AO-108 Covers Page 1    (1949-1975)



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
FDPS 2(n)


JohnGermann Pawcatuck AO108 19460820 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pawcatuck AO108 19460820 1 Front.jpg

First Day of Postal Service


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Pawcatuck AO108 19491027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pawcatuck AO108 19491027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


GregCiesielski Pawcatuck AO108 19620622 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pawcatuck AO108 19620622 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)


JonBurdett pawcatuck ao108 19750315 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pawcatuck ao108 19750315.jpg



Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-60c


JonBurdett pawcatuck ao108 19710607 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett pawcatuck ao108 19710607.jpg



Other Information

USS PAWCATUCK earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Medal (2 awards), the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards) and the Coast Guard SOS Ribbon (3 awards) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A river in Rhode Island.

The ships sponsor was Miss Nancy Gatch.



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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