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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
    Authorized as Tank Landing Ship LST-1131
    Reclassified Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) and named August 14 1944
    Keel Laid December 8 1944 - Launched March 2 1945

    Placed in Ferry Commission March 15 - April 9 1945
    Commissioned (Full) July 23 1945 - Decommissioned March 21 1956
    Recommissioned August 13 1966 - Decommissioned September 1 1971

  2. RI DJAJA WIDJAJA LST-9017 (Indonesian Naval Service)
    Loaned to Indonesia under terms of Military Assistance Program and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register February 1 1979
    Sold to Indonesia February 1 1979

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     (1947-68)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning July 23 1945 to March 21 1956


Locy Type




Locy Type

(Br. #16055)




Locy Type



2nd Commissioning August 13 1966 to September 1 1971


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Other Information

ASKARI received four battle stars for Korean War service and twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation (2) - Navy Unit Commendation (4) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (4) - Vietnam Service Medal (12) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Personnel Awards...
Purple Hearts: (2 KIA MR1 John R. Ruoho, Dec 3 1967; DCFN Scott F. Wemette, Jul 21 1970)

NAMESAKE - An Arabic word for soldier. The term, Askari, was frequently applied to indigenous troops in Africa serving European colonial powers, particularly the British and Germans in East Africa from the late 19th century to the end of the World War I



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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