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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 5 1944 - Launched December 16 1944

  1. USS LST-902
  2. Commissioned January 15 1945 - Decommissioned August 3 1946

  4. Recommissioned June 16 1952 - Decommissioned November 30 1955
    Named July 1 1955

    Recommissioned April 15 1963 - Decommissioned 1970

    Struck from Naval Register August 12 1970
    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     (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 April 15 1963 to 1970


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Other Information

LST-902 earned two battle stars for Korean War service

LUZERNE COUNTY earned ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (Vietnam; Feb 18 1968, Feb 22 1968, Mar 4 1968, Mar 3 1969) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (7) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Luzerne County, Pennsylvania



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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