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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.

    Escape Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
    Keel Laid June 5 1943 - Launched November 20 1943

    Commissioned September 30 1944 - Decommissioned December 12 1947
    Recommissioned February 13 1952 - Decommissioned September 25 1979

    Struck from Naval Register August 6 1987

  2. TCG ISIN A-589 (Turkish Naval Service)
    Transferred to TurkeySeptember 25 1979 and renamed
    Sold to the government of Turkey August 17 1987

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






Locy Type CD-6



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Welcome to Norfolk - TCG ISIN A-589, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

SAFEGUARD received one battle star for World War II service, two battle stars for Korean War service, and ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon - Navy Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon - China Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 1 Battle star) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - two National Defense Service Medals - Korean Service Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars) - two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 10 Campaign stars) - two Humanitarian Service Medals - three Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbons - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - Any person or thing that protects or guards against loss or injury



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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