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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 November 6 1944 - Launched December 21 1944

  1. USS LST-848
    Commissioned January 20 1945 - Decommissioned August 10 1946
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet
    Named July 1 1955, While in reserve

    Recommissioned December 7 1959 - Decommissioned April 1 1970

  3. RVNS NHA TRANG HQ-505 (South Vietnamese Naval Service)
    Transferred to South Vietnam April 1970 and renamed
    Escaped to the Phlilppines 1975 upon the fall of Saigon

  4. BRP AGUSAN DEL SUR LT-54 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Custody assumed by the Philippines 1975 and renamed

    Disposed of by the Philippine government 1992
    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. 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

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Postmark Image
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Cover Image


USPO Machine Postmark

Long Beach, CA


JohnGermann Jerome County LST848 19600314 1 Front.jpg

Ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

LST-848 earned one battle star for World War II service JEROME COUNTY earned the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, and four campaign stars for the Vietnam War

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Jerome County, Idaho



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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