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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 October 23 1941 - Launched March 31 1942

    Commissioned November 7 1942

    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned in October 10 1946

    Struck from the Naval Register September 1 1962
    Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration September 1 1962
    Sold for scrapping November 22 1971
Pawnee ATF74 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 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     (1944,1946)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type P

"U.S.S. /


GregCiesielski Pawnee ATF74 19440330 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pawnee ATF74 19440330 1 Front.jpg

Censored, Officer's mail. Date is inverted in the dial.


Locy Type P

"U.S.S. /


GregCiesielski Pawnee ATF74 19460802 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pawnee ATF74 19460802 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

USS PAWNEE earned the following awards during her naval career - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal.

NAMESAKE - A North American Indian tribe of Caddoan stock, now living on a reservation in Oklahoma.

There have been four ships of the US Navy named PAWNEE - USS Pawnee (Screw Sloop 1860), USS Pawnee YT-21, USS Pawnee SP-699 and USS Pawnee ATF-74.



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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