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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.

    LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid May 21 1944 - Launched July 22 1944

  1. USS LST-786
    Commissioned August 28 1944 - Decommissioned July 9 1946
    Named July 1 1955, while in reserve

    Recommissioned October 15 1966

    Redesignated Patrol Craft Tender (AGP) (date unknown)
    Decommissioned April 23 1971

    Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)

  4. RVNS CAN THO HQ 801 (South Vietnamese Naval Service)
    Transferred to South Vietnam April 23 1971
    Escaped to the Philippines with the fall of South Vietnamese government

  5. BPR KALINGA APAYAO LT 516 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Custody transferred to the Republic of the Philippines

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. LST-786 Covers Page 1     (1944)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning October 15 1966 to April 23 1971

No Postmarks Reported


Machine Cancel

Alameda CA


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Locy Type


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Other Information

LST-786 earned one battle star for WWII
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto June 8-29 1945

GARRETT COUNTY earned the Presidential Unit Citation, two Navy Unit Commendations, and eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
November 29 1967 to January 29 1968
* Tet Counteroffensive
January 30 1968 to April 1 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV April 2 to June 30 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
July 1 to November 1 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
November 2 to December 2 1968
January 23 1969
* Tet/69 Counteroffensive
February 28 to June 8 1969
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
June 9 to August 11 1969
September 7 1969
December 31 1969 to February 21 1970
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
September 1 1970
November 5-30 1970
December 31 1970 to February 2 1971

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - (March 29 1968, January 23 1969) - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (9) - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - A county in western Maryland.



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