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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 18 October 1942 - Launched 15 December 1942

  1. USS LST-344
    Commissioned 14 January 1943 - Decommissioned 7 June 1946
    Recommissioned 5 January 1952

    Named 1 July 1955 - Decommissioned 28 February 1956
    Recommissioned 9 June 1966 - Decommissioned 3 October 1969

    Struck from Naval Register 15 September 1974
    Sold 1 July 1975 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 Blanco County LST-344 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

3rd Commissioning June 9 1966 to October 3 1969


Locy Type

USS Indra
ARL 37


JohnGermann Blanco County LST344 19691006 1 Front.jpg


The postmark date is three days after the official decommissioning date for the ship.


Other Information

USS LST-344 / BLANCO COUNTY earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (5 awards) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Blanco County, TX

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Bonnie Ward, Wife of H.H. Ward, Master Mechanist, Inside Machine Shop Master.



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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