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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.

    Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship
    Keel Laid August 15 1942 as Tank Landing Ship LST-10
    Reclassified Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) while under construction
    Launched November 25 1942

  2. Commissioned April 2 1943 - Decommissioned September 6 1946
    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1973

    Sold January 1 1974 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 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     (1944-45)



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 June 15 1944 - Disestablished June 1 1946


Locy Type


Official Business


Locy Type


Marking from back of cover


Other Information

ACHELOUS earned three battle stars for World War II service
* Sicilian occupation
July 15 to August 19 1943
* Invasion of southern France
August 1944
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto
May, June and August 1945

USS ACHELOUS earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (w/ 1 Battle star), the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (w/ 1 Battle star) and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A Greek river god whose name has been given to the largest river in Greece. Achelous—the eldest son of Oceanus and that titan's sister, Tethys—is usually depicted as a bull with a human head.



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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