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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 19 1942 - Launched April 3 1943

    Commissioned February 12 1944

    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944
    Decommissioned April 28 1948
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
    Reassigned August 27 1948 to Alameda Group
    Laid up August 1961 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group

    Struck from Naval Register August 15 1965

  3. JANEQUEO AGS-63 (Chilean Naval Service)
    Loaned to Chile February 1963 and renamed

    Sunk (cause unknown) August 5 1965

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     (1947)



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
2z + SLKb (27x3)


JonBurdett potawatomi atf109 19470211 pm.jpg
JonBurdett potawatomi atf109 19470211.jpg

As ATF-109


Other Information

POTAWATOMI earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, January 6 to February 15 1945, and two battle stars for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)

NAMESAKE - Indians of the Algonquian Tribe, formerly living near the western shores of Lake Michigan



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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