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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 December 22 1943 - Launched February 10 1944

  1. USS LST-983
    Commissioned March 25 1944

    Named July 1 1955
    Decommissioned January 10 1956
    Recommissioned September 27 1961 - Decommissioned October 15 1969

    Struck from Naval Register September 15 1974

  3. ALIMOS (Greek Registry)
    Sold to L.P. Callimros, Athens, Greece November 12 1975
    Ran aground at Benghazi, Libya December 4 1980

    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 Middlesex County LST-983 Covers Page 1     (1945-68)



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


Locy Type

USS Hyades
AF 8


JohnGermann Middlesex County LST983 19680823 1 Front.jpg


Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson.


Other Information

USS LST-983 earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.



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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