LST 553

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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 24 January 1944 - Launched 16 March 1944

  1. USS LST-553
    Commissioned 22 April 1944 - Decommissioned 13 February 1947

    Struck from Naval Register 25 April 1947
    Transferred to U.S. Army at Yokohama, Japan
    Fate unknown
LST 553 Crest.jpg

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. USS LST-553 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
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Cover Image


APO 709
Machine Cancel

Solomon Islands


GregCiesielski LST553 19490621 1 Front.jpg


USAT Service. From the David Kent collection.


Other Information

USS LST-553 earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ six Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Medal w/ Japan clasp, the Philippines Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 2 stars during her Naval career.

The ships sponsor was Miss Agnes L. Maulding.



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