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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 May 13 1944 - Launched June 28 1944

  1. USS LST-710
    Commissioned July 24 1944

    Redesignated Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APB) and named August 1 1945
    Decommissioned August 9 1946

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1959
    Sold December 7 1959 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., New York City, N.Y. for scrap


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. 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 September 6 1945 - Disestablished August 1 1946


Locy Type


As APB-49


Locy Type


As APB-49
Mark from back of cover


Other Information

LST-710 earned one battle star for World War II service
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landing January 4-18 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

NAMESAKE - Named for the county in Virginia and the town which serves as its seat of government. It is the northernmost of the two Virginia counties that occupy the southern portion of the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia peninsula that constitutes the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay



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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