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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 March 6 1943
    Launched July 24 1943 as Fleet Tug (AT)
    Reclassified May 15 1944 as Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF)

    Commissioned September 22 1944 - Decommissioned May 31 1950
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
    Converted to Survey Ship (AGS) 1960, While in reserve

    Recommissioned June 30 1960 - Decommissioned January 2 1970

    Struck from Naval Register January 2 1970
    Sold November 2 1971 to Tai-Kian Industry Co. Taiwan for scrap

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. ATF-112 Covers Page 1     (1945-46)



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

Post Office Established September 1 1944 - Disestablished May 1 1946


Locy Type


As ATF-112


Locy Type


As ATF-112
Mark from back of cover


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

San Francisco, CA




Other Information

SERRANO earned one Battle Star for World War II service
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, June 24 1945

Earned four Campaign Stars for Vietnam War service
* Vietnam Defense
December 22-24 1965
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase II
January 30 to May 31 1967
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive
December 25-27 1965
January 6-14 1966
January 30 to February 23 1966
March 6 to April 11 1966
April 18 to May 10 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase III
June 1 to August 28 1967

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, March 3-4 1967) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Quemoy-Matsu) - Vietnam Service Medal (4)- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - A branch of the Shoshonean tribe which originally lived in the San Bernardino Mountains of California



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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