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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 September 20 1944 - Launched November 8 1944

  1. USS LST-838
    Commissioned December 4 1944 - Decommissioned August 7 1946

    Named July 1 1955 - Recommissioned September 10 1966

    Reclassified Patrol Craft Tender (AGP) September 25 1970
    Decommissioned June 30 1971

  4. SRI LANGKAWI A-1500 (Malaysian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Malaysia July 1 1971

    Struck from Naval Register August 1 1974
    Fate 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. LST-838 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)
  2. USS Hunterdon County AGP-838 Covers Page 1     (1967-70)



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

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2nd Commissioning September 10 1966 to June 30 1971


Locy Type
2(n+) (LST,USS)




Locy Type
2t(n+u) (LST,USS)


HUNTERDON COUNTY LST-838. Cachet by Frederick L. Karcher


Locy Type


HUNTERDON COUNTY LST-838. File card, courtesy of the Steve Shay collection.


Other Information

USS LST-838 / HUNTERDON COUNTY earned the Combat Action Ribbon (3 awards), the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 10 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (10 awards) and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for Hunterdon County, New Jersey.



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