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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 4 October 1943 - Launched 13 December 1943

  1. LST-521
    Accepted by the US Navy and Placed in Reduced Commission 9 February 1944 for Ferrying

  2. USS LST-521
    Placed in Full Commission 29 February 1944
    Decommissioned 21 October 1945
    Recommissioned 20 October 1950 - Decommissioned (Date Unknown)

  3. USS T-LST-521
    Assigned to MSTS & Placed in Service (Date Unknown)
    Placed out of Service (Date Unknown)

    Named Cape May County 1 July 1955

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
    Final Disposition (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. USS Cape May County T-LST-521 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


Army-Air Force
Postal Service
Machine Postmark

APO 731


Arctic Ops. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS LST-521 earned the American Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named after a county in New Jersey.



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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