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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.

    Ashland Class Dock Landing Ship
    Originally authorized as Mechanized Artillery Transport APM-3
    Reclassified Landing Ship Dock (LSD) July 1 1941
    Keel Laid October 27 1942 - Launched March 4 1943

    Commissioned September 18 1943 - Decommissioned February 12 1947
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Recommissioned January 26 1951 - Decommissioned October 31 1969

    Struck from Naval Register October 31 1969
    Sold August 28 1970 to N. W. Kennedy, Vancouver, B.C. 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. Covers Page 1     (1951-68)



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 September 18 1943 to February 12 1947


Locy Type P

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-16



2nd Commissioning January 26 1951 to October 31 1969


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Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

CARTER HALL earned 6 Battle Stars for WWII service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (December 13 1966) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 4-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (14) - Philippines Liberation Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Carter Hall, a Virginia estate, was the home of a colonial governor of the state



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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