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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 January 15 1944 - Launched March 11 1944

  1. USS LST-551
    Commissioned April 14 1944 - Decommissioned June 10 1955

    Named July 1 1955 while in reserve
    Recommissioned December 21 1965 - Decommissioned June 1 1970

    Struck from Naval Register June 1 1970
    Sold February 1971 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 LST-551 Page 1     (1945-46)
  2. USS Chesterfield County LST-551 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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning April 14 1944 to June 10 1955


Locy Type


JonBurdett lst551 19451013 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lst551 19451013.jpg

LST-551. Last Day Postal Service, add-on cachet.


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

Norfolk, VA


JohnGermann Chesterfield County LST551 19640420 1 Front.jpg

The cover was posted while the ship was in reserve. The ship had no postal facilities.

2nd Commissioning December 21 1965 to June 1 1970







Other Information

USS LST-551 / CHESTERFIELD COUNTY earned the American Campaign Medal, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp), the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for counties in South Carolina and Virginia.



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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