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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.

    Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
    Keel Laid October 26 1942 - Launched April 1 1943

    Commissioned January 11 1944 - Decommissioned April 23 1947
    Recommissioned December 1 1950 - Decommissioned August 7 1992

    Struck from Naval Register March 16 1994
    Scrapped November 30 2005
Preserver ARS8 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     (DATE RANGE)



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

1st Commissioning January 11 1944 to April 23 1947






Locy Type
U.S. Navy

(Br. #10499)


JonBurdett preserver ars8 1945.JPG
JonBurdett preserver ars8 1945 cc.jpg

Official Business

2nd Commissioning December 1 1950 to August 7 1992


Machine Cancel

Boston MA


GregCiesielski TriesteII 19630629 1 Front.jpg

No Image

4th Dive aboard TRIESTE II to find the USS Thresher SSN-593. Other ships involved include USS Fort Snelling LSD-30, USS Preserver ARS-8 and USNS Robert D. Conrad T-AGOR-3.
Cachet has incorrect name for the USNS Robert D. Conrad.


Locy Type 2(n)

USS Sampson
DDG 10


JohnGermann Preserver ARS8 19640105 1 Front.jpg


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

PRESERVER received three battle stars for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation, three (3) Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbons, four (4) Navy Battle "E" Ribbons, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 3 Battle stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon and the Philippines Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - One who protects or saves another from danger, harm, damage, or evil.



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