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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.

    Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship
    Originally authorized as Mechanized Artillery Transport APM-5
    Reclassified Landing Ship Dock (LSD) 1 July 1941
    Keel Laid 21 July 1941 - Launched 1 May 1943

    Commissioned 10 November 1943 - Decommissioned 7 July 1947
    Recommissioned 5 March 1949 - Decommissioned 1 May 1970

    Struck from Naval Register 25 May 1970

  2. ARA CANDIDO DE LASALA Q-43 (Argentine Naval Service)
    Transferred (sold) to Argentina 25 May 1970 and renamed

    Struck by Argentina 1981 and scrapped

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 Gunston Hall LSD-5 Covers Page 1     (1944-1969)



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 10 November 1943 to 7 July 1947


Locy Type


Add-on cachet


Locy Type 2z




Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-37



2nd Commissioning 5 March 1949 to 1 May 1970


Locy Type 2

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-37a


Cachet by Donald Graf. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-37d


Rubber stamp cachet


Locy Type


Cachet by Donald Graf. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS GUNSTON HALL earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with nine battle stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (w/ 1 star), the Korean Service Medal (with eight battle stars), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 Cuba, 6 Vietnam), the Vietnam Service Medal (with seven campaign stars), the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (11 awards), the Philippines Liberation Medal (2 awards), the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Gunston Hall is a colonial estate in Fairfax County, Va., about 15 miles down the Potomac River from Alexandria and not far from Mount Vernon. Built between 1755 and 1758, it is a representative piece of Virginia's colonial architecture and has been designated a national shrine. Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason, one of Virginia's outstanding Revolutionary figures. In addition to serving in the Constitutional Convention, Mason was prominent in drafting the first constitution of Virginia and was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which served as the prototype for the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

NAMESAKE - ARA Candido de Lasala (Q43). Named in honor of Teniente de Navío (Lieutenant) Cándido de Lasala, Spanish Royal Navy.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Harvey S. Haislip.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name GUNSTON HALL - USS Gunston Hall LSD-5 and USS Gunston Hall LSD-44.



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