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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.

    LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large)
    Keel Laid 31 August 1944 - Launched 29 September 1944

  1. USS LCI(L)-869
    Commissioned 7 October 1944 - Decommissioned March 1947

  2. USS LSIL-869
    Designation changed to (LSIL) while in Reserve 28 February 1949

    Authorized for conversion to Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) in FY 1952
    Named GOLDCREST (AMCU-24) 7 March 1952

    Recommissioned 1953

    Designation changed to Coastal Minehunter (MHC) 7 February 1955
    Decommissioned March 1955

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
    Final Disposition, scrapped date 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 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 Goldcrest MHC-24 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


USPO Slogan
Machine Postmark

Charleston, SC
"Only you can /


AS MHC-24. The return address handstamp still bears the AMCU designation dropped over two months earlier. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS LCI(L)-869 / USS GOLDCREST earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A small European bird of the genus Regulus.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name GOLDCREST - USS Goldcrest AM-78, USS Goldcrest AM-80 and USS Goldcrest MHC-24.



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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