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.
Laid down January 26 1944 - Launched February 23 1944
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).
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- LCI(L)-561 Covers Page 1 (1946)
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.
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LCI(G)-561 earned four battle stars for WWII service
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings October 20 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings January 7 1945
* Manila Bay-Bicol operation
Nasugbu January 31 to February 2 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Kerama Rhetto March 25 to April 1 1945
Assault and Occupation of Okinawa Gunto April 1 to June 24 1945
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Navy Cross (Gordon Welch, and Lewis Wable - at Leyte October 20 1944)
Bronze Star (Ltjg Keith Douglas Mann, CO - at Leyte October 20 1944)
Purple Hearts (ten - Leyte and Ie Shima, off Okinawa - Vaughan Springer, Earl Lantz, Ken Keller, Robert Doan, Peter Plemons, Lewis Wabel, Stan Chmielewski, Sidney Devane, Larry Kenner, Harlon Engle)
Letters of Commendation (seven, Connie Mulherin, Howard Allgood, Jack MacGillis, Dick Cole, Tom Garavaglia, Lewis Combest, Tom Massa)
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