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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.

    ARD-2 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock
    Keel Laid (date unknown) - Launched (date unknown)

  1. USS ARD-7
    Commissioned 23 June 1943 - Decommissioned 2 July 1946

    Laid up in reserve 2 July 1946

  2. ARD-7
    Reactivated in 1954

    Named 18 May 1976
    Placed out of service 30 March 1981

    Struck from the Naval Register 23 August 1990
    Title transfer 23 January 1992 to MARAD
    Final Disposition, fate unknown

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. West Milton ARD-7 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established August 23 1943 - Disestablished April 2 1947


Locy Type


USS ARD-7. Official Business


Locy Type



Placed In Service 1954 - Placed out of Service 30 March 1981


USPO Slogan
Machine Cancel

"Red Hook Sta."

Brooklyn NY





4-bar Postmark

Groton, CT
Submarine Base Station


WEST MILTON ARD-7. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS ARD-7 / WEST MILTON earned the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A village in Saratoga County, New York—the site of an early nuclear reactor important in the development of the Navy's nuclear propulsion plants.



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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