LST 973

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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 November 25 1944 - Launched December 27 1944

  1. USS LST-973
    Commissioned January 27 1945 - Decommissioned May 24 1946
    Transferred to U.S. Army custody

  2. USAT LST-973
    Commissioned 1946

    Struck from Naval Register September 29 1947
    Decommissioned by U.S. Army 1950
    Reinstated in Naval Register September 6 1950

  3. USS LST-973
    Recommissioned September 6 1950 - Decommissioned November 7 1951

  4. RFS GOLO L-9008 (French Naval Service)
    Transferred to France November 7 1951 and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register November 20 1951
    Scrapped 1959

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.


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Killer Bar Text

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Other Information

LST-973 earned four battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for Korean service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



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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