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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 19 September 1944 - Launched 27 October 1944

  1. USS LST-821
    Commissioned 14 November 1944 - Decommissioned March 1946
    Named 1 July 1955 while in reserve

    Recommissioned 20 August 1966

    Redesignated Patrol Craft Tender (AGP) 25 September 1970
    Decommissioned 12 October 1970

    Struck from Naval Register (Date unknown)

  4. RVNS MY THO HQ-800 (South Vietnamese Naval Service)
    Transferred to South Vietnam 12 October 1970 and renamed
    Escaped to the Philippines after the fall of Saigon 1975

  5. BRP DUMAGAT (Philippine Naval Service)
    Transferred to the Philippines 5 April 1976 and renamed

  6. BRP SIERRA MADRE LT-57 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Renamed (Date unknown)

    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. USS Harnett County AGP-821 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


Machine Postmark

Honolulu, HI


As LST-821. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS LST-821 / HARNETT COUNTY earned the Combat Action Ribbon (6 awards), the Presidential Unit Citation (2 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 11 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (8 awards) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Harnett County, NC.



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