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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.

    Cimmeron Class Fleet Oiler
    Keel Laid 6 June 1944 - Launched 6 January 1945

  2. Commissioned 24 February 1945 - Decommissioned December 1949

  4. Placed In Service with Navy Transportation Service (NTS) December 1949
    Absorbed into Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
    Placed Out of Service February 1951

  6. Recommissioned 24 May 1951 - Decommissioned 15 April 1975

    Struck from Naval Register 15 April 1975
    Sold 16 October 1975 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. USS Tolovana AO-64 Covers Page 1     (1945-1947)



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

1st Commissioning 24 February 1945 to December 1949


Locy Type




Locy Type



3rd Commissioning 24 May 1951 to 15 April 1975


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Rubber stamp cachet.


Other Information

USS TOLOVANA earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal w/ 2 Campaign stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 13 Campaign stars, the Philippines Liberation Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A small river in central Alaska. It rises in the mountains just to the west of Fairbanks and flows into the Tanana River, one of the primary tributaries of the Yukon River.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Richard M. Bissell, Jr.



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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