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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 January 17 1943 as Tank Landing Ship LST-489
    Reclassified Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) January 13 1943
    Launched April 2 1943

    Commissioned July 30 1943 - Decommissioned November 15 1946
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1970
    Sold August 13 1971 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     (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 August 16 1943 - Disestablished June 10 1946


Locy Type




Other Information

AMYCUS earned two battle stars for World War II service
* Hollandia operation, April 27 to June 1 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 7-18 1945

AMYCUS earned the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Salvage, Fire Fighting, and Rescue Unit, Service Force, 7th Fleet - Philippine Islands area, January 6-15 February 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal (1)

NAMESAKE - A son of the Greek sea god, Poseidon, and the Bethynian nymph Melia. Amycus was a famous boxer and ruled the Bebryces. When the Argonauts landed on his shores, he offered to fight their bravest warrior. Polydeuces accepted the challenge and killed Amycus in the ensuing match. The laurel which grew on his tomb would cause quarreling among the crew of any ship which carried a sprig, and harmony could not be restored until all traces of the plant had been cast overboard



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