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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-491 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid 7 October 1943 - Launched 23 November 1943

  1. USS LST-509
    Commissioned 20 January 1944 - Decommissioned 1947
    Recommissioned 20 October 1950

    Named 1 July 1955 - Decommissioned 8 April 1970

    Leased to the Republic of (South) Vietnam & renamed 1970

  4. VPN QUI NHON HQ-505
    Acquired by the Peoples Republic of Vietnam (Post May 1975) redesignated HQ-505
    Heavily damage, and beached on Collin Reef and sunk 14 March 1988, during the skirmish between
        Vietnamese and Chinese forces at Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea.

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 Bulloch County LST-509 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


Locy Type
13934 Branch
Luzon, Philippine Islands
(Ship Repair Facility)


JohnGermann Bulloch County LST509 19671116 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS LST-509 / BULLOCH COUNTY earned the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (7 awards), and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A county in Georgia.



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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