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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 11 September 1944 - Launched 29 October 1944

  1. USS LST-836
    Commissioned 25 November 1944 - Decommissioned 25 July 1946
    Recommissioned 3 November 1950

    Named 1 July 1955
    Decommissioned 1 July 1971

    Transferred to Singapore and renamed
    Sold outright to Singapore 5 December 1975

    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. Covers Page 1     (1953-64)



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






Other Information

LST-836 earned one Battle Star for World War II service
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 18-29 1945

Earned three Battle Stars for Korean War service
* Communist China Spring Offensive
June 23 1951
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive
July 14 to August 6 1951
* Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
June 2-25 1953 July 21-22 1953

HOLMES COUNTY earned eleven Campaign Stars for Vietnam War service
* Vietnam Defense
November 21 to December 24 1965
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive
December 25 to January 20 1966
February 11-18 1966
March 4-31 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
April 17-21 1967
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
June 21 to August 18 1967
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
October 21 to November 1 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
November 2-30 1968
December 20-24 1968
January 22 to February 22 1969
* Tet 69/Counteroffensive
February 23-24 1969
May 31 to June 8 1969
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
June 9 to July 19 1969
August 12 to September 1 1969
* Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
December 10-25 1969 February 25 to March 4 1970
* Sanctuary Counteroffensive
June 8-14 1970
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
September 26 to November 26 1970
January 26 to March 12 1971
March 31 to May 10 1971

USS LST-836/HOLMES COUNTY earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation (2 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 (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal w/ 3 Campaign stars, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 11 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (5 awards), the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Counties in Florida, Mississippi, and Ohio.



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