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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 September 15 1944 - Launched May 22 1945

    Commissioned January 29 1946 - Decommissioned February 13 1970
    Struck from Naval Register October 31 1974

  2. ROCS CHEN HAI LSD-192 (Taiwanese Naval Service)
    Sold to Taiwan April 15 1977 and renamed
    Decommissioned by Taiwanese Navy May 1999

    Sunk December 9 2000 as an artificial reef

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. Covers Page 1     (1946-67)



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

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


USPO Machine

Chickasaw, AL


Commissioning Invitation, courtesy of the USS FORT MARION website [1]


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. F-21


First Day in Commission


Locy Type




Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


Favor strike on stamp block


Locy Type
9ef (n+u) (USS)




Other Information

FORT MARION received five battle stars for Korean War service
* North Korean Aggression
September 18 to November 2 1950
* Communist China Aggression
November 3 to December 24 1950
* Inchon Landing
September 13 to 17 1950
* UN First Counter Offensive
March 26 1951 and April 6 to 9 1951
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
May 20 to 21 1952
May 26 to June 14 1952
June 25 to July 7 1952
August 16 to September 4 1952
October 16 to 18 1952
November 15 to 20 1952

Earned five campaign stars for the Vietnam War
* Vietnam Defense
October 1 1965
October 8 1965
October 27 to November 20 1965
November 27 to December 24 1965
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive
December 25 to 30 1965
January 22 to February 5 1966
February 12 to 24 1966
June 13 to 17 1966
* Vietnamese Counter Offensive - Phase III
September 10 to 13 1967
September 25 to 27 1967
October 3 to 6 1967
October 23 to 31 1967
November 13 to December 4 1967
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
December 7 1968 to January 12 1969
February 16 to 22 1969
* Tet 69/Counteroffensive - Phase III
February 23 to March 27 1969
April 17 to 22 1969
May 7 to 26 1969

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (w/ 5 battle stars ) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) - Vietnam Service Medal (w/ five campaign stars) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (9) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - The oldest defensive works still standing in the United States, constructed by the Spanish beginning in 1672 to protect St. Augustine, Fla.



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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