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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-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid October 23 1943 - Launched March 9 1444

  1. USS LST-602
    Commissioned March 31 1944 - Decommissioned 1946
    Recommissioned 1950

    Named July 1 1955 - Decommissioned 1957
    Assigned to U.S. Air Force September 1957 to September 1969

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1972

    Sold to Mexico May 30 1972 and renamed

    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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 Clearwater County LST-602 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 Francisco, CA


JohnGermann Clearwater County TLST602 19560913 1 Front.jpg

As T-LST-602. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS LST-602 / CLEARWATER COUNTY earned the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal w/ 2 Battle stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Counties in Idaho and Minnesota



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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