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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.

    Tulare Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid February 16 1953 as EVERGREEN MARINER
    Launched December 22 1953
    Acquired by U.S. Navy January 12 1956 and renamed

    Commissioned Attack Cargo Ship (AKA) January 12 1956

    Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned March 31 1986
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register August 1 1981

    Transferred to Massachusetts Maritime Academy and renamed
    Reinstated to Naval Register May 1984

    Struck from Naval Register August 31 1992
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group

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 Tulare LKA/AKA-112 Covers Page 1    (1963-64)



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

Post Office Established January 12 1956 - Disestablished February 15 1980


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (U S S)


Navy Day, cachet sponsored by the RAdm Byrd Chapter No. 11, USCS


Other Information

USS TULARE earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 bronze star, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ ten campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in the south central part of California which contains the Sequoia National Park and the Tule River Indian Reservation. The name Tulare is derived from the word tule, a large bullrush. Because of the abundance of tules which grew in its marshy ground, the name Tulare was given, in the 16th century, to the entire San Joaquin Valley.

The ships sponsor was Miss Carolyn Knight, daughter of the governor of California, Goodwin J. Knight.



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