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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-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid July 13 1942 - Launched March 2 1943

  1. USS LST-201
    Placed in Ferry Commission March 24 1943
    Commissioned (Full) April 2 1943

    Redesignated Motor Torpedo Boat Tender (AGP) and named August 15 1944
    Decommissioned April 2 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1946
    Transferred November 26 1947 to Maritime Commission for disposal

    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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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. LST-201 Covers Page 1    (1943)
  2. PONTUS AGP-20 Covers Page 1    (1945-46)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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

Post Office Established March 10 1945 - Disestablished February 5 1946


Locy Type

(Br. #15694)


JonBurdett pontus agp20 19460104 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pontus agp20 19460104.jpg



Locy Type Fz

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-39


GregCiesielski Pontus AGP20 19450412r 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pontus AGP20 19450412 1 Front.jpg

Censored Sailor's Mail


Other Information

LST-201 earned 3 Battle Stars during World War II
* Consolidation of Solomon Island
Consolidation of northern Solomon Islands, October 27 1943 to March 1 1944
* Western New Guinea operations
Designated duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operations, April 21 to November 15 1944
* Hollandia operations
April 21 to June 4 1944

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A Latin form of Pontos, a Greek god of the sea



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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