LST 637

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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 May 24 1944 - Launched August 18 1944

  1. USS LST-637
    Commissioned September 5 1944 - Decommissioned March 29 1946

    Struck from Naval Register June 5 1946
    Sold December 18 1947 to Ships & Power Equipment Corp. Barber, NJ for scrap

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     (1945)



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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Post office established November 1 1944 - Disestablished March 14 1946


Locy Type

(Br. #15093)


JonBurdett lst637 19450705 pm.jpg
JonBurdett lst637 19450705.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use
Mark from back of cover
Type 9# unlisted in USCS Postmark Catalog


Other Information

LST-637 earned three battle stars for World War II service
* Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, January 4-18 1945
* Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Visayan Island landings, March 18 and March 29 to April 5 1945
* Borneo operation
Tarakan Island operation, April 27 to May 5 1945
Brunei Bay operation, June 10-12 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal



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