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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.

    Auk Class Minesweeper
    Keel Laid 9 March 1944 - Launched 15 July 1944

    Commissioned 15 January 1945 - Decommissioned 3 June 1946
    Recommissioned 28 October 1950

    Reclassified - Fleet Minesweeper, Steel Hull (MSF) 7 February 1955
    Decommissioned 17 May 1957

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1963

    Transferred to the Republic of Korea 25 July 1963 & renamed
    Fate Unknown
Ptarmigan 376 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. USS Ptarmigan MSF-376 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type


JohnGermann Ptarmigan AM376 194504281 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities; the cover was actually posted from another ship or ashore.


Other Information

USS PTARMIGAN earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ four Battle stars, and the UN Korean Service Medal during her Naval service.

NAMESAKE - A grouse with feathered feet; found in northern regions.

The ships sponsor was Miss Jeanne Summerlin.



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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