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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 March 12 1944 - Launched April 22 1944

  1. USS LST-742
    Commissioned May 23 1944 - Decommissioned April 26 1946
    Transferred to U.S. Army June 28 1946

  2. USAT LST-742
    Commissioned June 28 1946 - Decommissioned 1950
    Reacquired by U.S. Navy July 1 1950

  3. USS LST-742
    Recommissioned July 1 1950

    Named July 1 1955
    Decommissioned February 1 1961

    Struck from Naval Register February 1 1961
    Sold September 6 1961 to Zidell Explorations Inc. Portland, OR 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     (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

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








Other Information

LST-742 earned three battle stars for World War II service and five battle stars for Korean War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, December 15 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korea Service Medal (5) - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Counties in North Dakota and Wisconsin



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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