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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.

    Bolster Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
    Keel Laid November 10 1944 - Launched June 23 1945

    Commissioned December 20 1945 - Decommissioned June 23 1947
    Recommissioned December 1 1950 - Decommissioned September 16 1994

    Struck from Naval Register September 16 1994

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. 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 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

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


Locy Type


The ship had no postal facilities, so this cover was either posted on another ship or ashore.


Other Information

RECLAIMER earned five battle stars for Korean War service and 8 campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (6) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (5)- United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - One who saves something from loss or from a less useful condition



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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