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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.

    Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship
    Authorized as Mechanized Artillery Transport APM-1
    Reclassified Landing Ship Dock (LSD) July 1 1941
    Keel Laid June 22 1942 - Launched December 21 1942

    Commissioned June 5 1943 - Decommissioned March 1946
    Recommissioned December 27 1950 - Decommissioned September 1 1957
    Recommissioned November 29 1961 - Decommissioned November 22 1969

    Struck from Naval Register November 25 1969
    Sold May 15 1970 to N. W. Kennedy Ltd, Vancouver, B.C 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. USS Ashland LSD-1 Covers Page 1     (1945-69)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established June 10 1943 - Disestablished June 17 1946


Locy Type




Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. A-49a


Patriotic cachet by M. Fay Muridge

Post Office Reestablished February 15 1951 - Disestablished 1957


Locy Type
FDPS 2 Feb 15, 1951


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type




Locy Type



Post Office Reestablished November 29 1961 - Disestablished November 18 1969


Locy Type
FDC 2(n) Nov 29, 1961


First Day in Commission


Locy Type
2(n) (USS)




Locy Type
LDPS 2(n) Nov 18, 1969


Last Day Postal Service


Other Information

ASHLAND earned seven battle stars for World War II service
* Gilbert Islands operation
Assault and capture of Tarawa, November 20 to December 7 1943
* Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, January 31 to February 8 1944
Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, February 17-25 1944
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 15 to July 28 1944
* Tinian operation
Capture and occupation of Tinian, July 24-28 1944
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings, October 20, October 31 to November 9, November 13-21 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 9 1945
* Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 19 to March 16 1945

ASHLAND earned the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 7 battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), and the National Defense Service Medal (with one star) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - The boyhood home of Henry Clay, which is located in Lexington, KY



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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