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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-1171 DeSoto County Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid February 4 1957 - Launched September 9 1957

    Commissioned April 17 1958

    Reclassified Patrol Craft Tender (AGP) 1972
    Decommissioned March 1 1977

    Struck from the Naval Register March 1977
    Transferred to MARAD - Sold by MARAD March 1 1978

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. Graham County Covers Page 1     (1965)



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


Locy Type
2tnu (LST,USS)


As LST-1176


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. G-56a


As AGP-1176
This cover was postmarked for USS Antelope PG-86


Locy Type
9fu (USS)


As LST-1176


Other Information

GRAHAM COUNTY earned the National Defense Service Medal and four (4) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Counties in Arizona, Kansas, and North Carolina.



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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