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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.

    Patoka Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid 1 October 1919 - Launched 5 June 1920
    Acquired by U.S. Navy 6 March 1922
    Held in Reserve until Commissioned

    Commissioned 6 March 1940 - Decommissioned 6 March 1946

    Struck from Naval Register 12 April 1946
    Transferred to Maritime Commission 7 October 1946 for disposal

    Sold 20 November 1946 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 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. USS Tippecanoe AO-21 Covers Page 1     (1940-46)



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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type



First Day in Commission, cachet by George Neumann


Locy Type
3 (A-TBT)




Locy Type
3z (BBT)




Other Information

USS TIPPECANOE earned the American Defense Service Medal w/ Fleet clasp, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A river which runs west and south across Indiana from Lake Tippecanoe, in Kosciusko county, to converge with the Wabash River.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name TIPPECANOE - USS Tippecanoe (1864 Monitor), USS Tippecanoe AO-21 and USNS Tippecanoe T-AO-199.



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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