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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 August 3 1942 - Launched October 17 1942

  1. USS LST-455
  2. Commissioned January 30 1943

  4. Converted to Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) and named August 21 1944
    Decommissioned July 19 1946
    Struck from Naval Register August 28 1946

  5. HSING AN (Republic of China Naval Service)
  6. Transferred the Republic of China September 8 1947
    Renamed November 5 1947
    Run aground and abandoned by Nationalist forces 1949

  7. TAKU SAN (Peoples Republic of China Naval Service)
  8. Salvaged by Communist Chinese forces and renamed

    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     (1946)



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 December 25 1943 - Disestablished June 15 1946


Locy Type


As ARL-41


Other Information

LST-455 earned one battle star for WWII service
* Eastern New Guinea operation
Lae occupation, September 4-12 1943

ACHILLES earned two battle stars for World War II service
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, October 20 to November 27 1944
* Borneo operation
Brunei Bay operation, June 10 to July 15 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Sept. 3-12 1943, Nov. 12 1944, Jun 19 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Personnel Awards...
Navy Cross
LT. E.A. Peterson USNR C.O., Sept 12 1943
Purple Heart
Sept 12 1943 - 18-KIA, 11-WIA, 6-MIA
Nov 12 1944 - 19-KIA 28-WIA 18-MIA

NAMESAKE - A character in Homer's epic poem, the Iliad.
Achilles—the son of Peleus, King of the Myrmidons, and of Thetis, daughter of Nereus—occupied a position of preeminence among the Greek warriors who besieged Troy



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