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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.

    Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship
    Keel Laid August 1 1944 - Launched February 28 1945

    Commissioned May 15 1945 - Decommissioned June 30 1970

    Struck from Naval Register October 15 1976
    Transferred to Maritime Administration (MARAD) July 29 1992 for disposal
    Sold September 8 1993 to California Imports and Exports, Shanghai 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 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. Covers Page 1     (1946-55)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post Office Established May 3 1945 - Disestablished March 4 1970


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type

(Br. #15814)




Locy Type

(Br. #15814)




Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-57




Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-57a




Other Information

COLONIAL earned 7 Battle Stars (Korea)
* North Korean Aggression
September 21 to November 2 1950
* Communist China Aggression
November 3 1950 to January 22 1951
* First UN Counter Offensive
February 16 - March 16 1951
* Communist China Spring Offensive
May 1-12 to June 11-20 1951
* Communist China Spring Offensive
July 24 to August 1 1951
* Second Korean Winter
February 25 to March25 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
June 6-13, 18-26
July 2-14 1952
August 19-24 1952
September 13 to October 3 1952

Earned 6 Battle Stars (Vietnam)
* Vietnam Defense
July 4-11 1965
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive
March 22-26 1966
April 12-18 and 26-29 1966
May 12-18 1966
June 1-4 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
July 2-5 1966
August 3-5 and 9-16 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
December 3-8 and 23-31 1967
January 14-29 1968
* Tet Counteroffensive
January 30-31 1968
February 22 to March 17 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
April 3-9 and 17-23 1968
May 1-4 1968

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (7) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (11) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal

NAMESAKE - Colonial National Park includes Jamestown Island, site of the first permanent English settlement of North America; Williamsburg, the colonial, and first State capital of Virginia; and Yorktown, scene of the decisive victory over and surrender of the British in the Revolutionary War



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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