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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.

    542-Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid August 30 1944 - Launched November 20 1944

  1. USS LST-854
    Commissioned December 14 1944 - Decommissioned October 21 1949
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, Puget Sound Group
    Recommissioned November 20 1950

    Named July 1 1955
    Decommissioned May 28 1969

  3. NORTHPOINT (Barbados Registery)
    Transferred July 1975 to the Government of Barbados and renamed

    Struck from Naval Register 1976

  4. EL GATO BLANCO (Panama Registry)
    Sold 1980's to the Government of Panama and renamed

    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     (1946)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

Post office established January 8 1945 - Disestablished February 19 1947


Locy Type

(Br.. #15407)


JonBurdett lst854 19461111 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lst854 19461111.jpg



Other Information

LST-854 earned one battle star for World War II service
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, from April 18 to June 30 1945

Earned five battle stars for Korean War service
* Communist China Spring Offensive
June 12-21 1951
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive
September 9 1951
October 7-23 1951
* Second Korean Winter
December 1-22 1951
January 11-29 1952
* Third Korean Winter
December 22 1952 to January 24 1953
April 14-16 1953
* Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
May 30 to June 10 1953
June 15-17 1953
July 13-21 1953
July 26-27 1953

KEMPER COUNTY earned the Navy Unit Commendation and six campaign stars Vietnam War service
* Vietnam Defense
November 21 to December 24 1965
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive
December 25 1965 to January 6 1966
January 21 to March 8 1966
March 21 to April 2 1966
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
February 25 to March 18 1967
April 12 to May 31 1967
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
1-23 June 1967
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
July 23 to August 27 1968
September 17 to November 1 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
November 2-10 1968
December 8-14 1968

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - 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) - Korean Service Medal (5) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (5) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Named for Kemper County, Mississippi



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