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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 September 12 1944 - Launched October 21 1944

  1. USS LST-819
    Commissioned November 14 1944 - Decommissioned November 15 1946
    Recommissioned September 8 1950 - Decommissioned June 24 1955
    Named July 1 1955, While in reserve

    Recommissioned July 9 1966 - Decommissioned December 19 1970

    Struck from Naval Register April 1 1975
    Sold December 1 1975 to Max Rouse & Sons, Beverly Hills, CA
    Converted for commercial use by Lake Union Drydock Co. Seattle, WA

  3. LST-2 (Commercial Service)
    Sold 1976 to Landing System Technology Pte. Ltd., Singapore and renamed

  4. PETROLA 142
    Sold June 30 1978 to Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A. Panama
    Renamed and placed in service July 31 1980
    Laid up February 24 1983
    Name amended to PETROLA, While in reserve

    Sold to Seltas A. S. for scrapping at Aliaga, Turkey
    Scrapped December 22 1995
HampshireCounty LST819 Crest.jpg

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. 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

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







3rd Commissioning July 6 1966 to December 19 1970


Locy Type 2#

USN 17022 Br.


GregCiesielski HampshireCounty LST819 19691114 1 Front.jpg

No Image

25th Anniversary of Commissioning.


Other Information

LST- 819 received one battle star for World War II service and four battle stars for Korean War service

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY received ten campaign stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, and Navy Unit Commendation for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (7 to 15 June 67, 23 May 70) - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korea Service Medal (4) - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Commendation (10) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Counties in Massachusetts and West Virginia



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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