LST(H) 488

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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-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Laid down January 11 1943 - Launched March 5 1943

  1. USS LST-488
    Commissioned May 24 1943

  2. USS LST(H)-488
    Redesignated Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) (LST(H) September 15 1945
    Decommissioned January 11 1946

  3. Q-009 (SCAJAP)
    Transferred to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority and redesignated

  4. USNS T-LST-488
    Transferred to Military Sea Transportation Service March 12 1952 and placed In Service

  5. BPR SURIAGO DEL NORTE LT-94 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Transferred, on lease, to the Philippines July 15 1972
    Sold outright to the Philippines March 5 1980

    Struck from Naval Register (date unknown)
    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-488 Covers Page 1     (1943-44)



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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Other Information

LST-488 earned four battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
* Treasury-Bougainville operation
Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina November 6-17 1943
* Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Guam July 21-28 1944
* Leyte operation
Leyte landings October 20 1944
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings January 4-15 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)



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