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
- USS LST-391
Commissioned December 3 1942 - Decommissioned March 1954
Named BOWMAN COUNTY July 1 1955, While in reserve
- HNS RODOS L-157 (Greek Naval Service)
Transferred to Greece May 1960 and renamed
Struck from Naval Register (date unknown)
Keel Laid July 14 1942 - Launched October 28 1942
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- Covers Page 1 (1944)
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Note: The LST organization was promised this ship by the Government of Greece. When they went to get it, the found it was cannibalized to keep other LST's in the Hellenic Navy sailing and was not worthy to sail back to the US over open seas! They finally got ex-USS LST-325 and there have been covers commemorating that event by the Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS and the USS New Jersey Chapter No. 90, USCS. However, this postmark was prepared, given to the volunteers who went to get her, and after that everything went wrong. The ship did not come back, and the cancel was lost by one of the volunteers, or it may have been stolen by Greek authorities, no one knows for sure. Either way, this is a unique cover commemorating "What Could Have Been...".
Cover made by Phil Schreiber, member of Chapter 90.
LST-391 earned three battle stars for her World War II service
* Sicilian occupation July 9-15 1943
* Salerno landings September 9-21 1943
* Invasion of Normandy June 6-25 1944
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
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