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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-511 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid September 3 1943 - Launched December 31 1943

  1. USS LST-515
    Commissioned January 28 1944

    Named July 1 1955
    Decommissioned October 20 1955
    Recommissioned August 2 1963 - Decommissioned November 26 1969

  3. RPS BATAAN LT-85 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Transferred to Philippine Navy November 26 1969 and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register September 15 1979
    Sold to The Philippines March 5 1980
    Struck by Philippine Navy 1989

    Fate unknown

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     (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

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


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett caddoparish lst515 19670325 pm.jpg
JonBurdett caddoparish lst515 19670325.JPG



Other Information

LST-515 earned 1 battle star for World War II service

CADDO PARISH received the Navy Unit Commendation, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, and 9 campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) (4) - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (10) - Philippine Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Caddo Parish, Louisiana



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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