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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.

    LSM(R)-401 Class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket)
    Keel Laid 26 January 1945 - Launched 18 February 1945

  1. USS LSM(R)-409
    Commissioned 16 May 1945 - Decommissioned 6 February 1947
    Recommissioned 5 October 1950

    Named 1 October 1955 - Decommissioned 26 October 1955
    Recommissioned 18 September 1965

    Reclassified Inshore Fire Support Ship (LFR) 1 January 1969
    Decommissioned 8 May 1970

    Struck from the Naval Register (Date Unknown)
    Sold for scrapping November 1970

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 Clarion River LFR-409 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


Machine Postmark

San Diego, CA


As LSM(R)-409. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS CLARION RIVER earned the Combat Action Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korean Service Medal w/ 4 Battle stars, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 9 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (13 awards), the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the Clarion River in west central Pennsylvania.



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