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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 November 19 1944 - Launched December 30 1944

  1. USS LST-905
    Commissioned January 20 1945 - Decommissioned September 11 1945
    Named July 1 1955, While in reserve

    Commissioned March 30 1963 - Decommissioned November 26 1969

  3. RPS ILCOS NORTE LT-87 (Philippine Naval Service)
    Transferred to the Republic of the Philippines November 29 1969 and renamed
    Struck by the Philippine Navy 1992

    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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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-905 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)
  2. Madera County Covers Page 1     (1967-68)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning March 30 1963 to November 26 1969


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


JonBurdett maderacounty lst905 19680808 pm.jpg
JonBurdett maderacounty lst905 19680808.jpg



Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)


JonBurdett maderacounty lst905 19670220r pm9.jpg
JonBurdett maderacounty lst905 19670220.JPG



Other Information

LST-905 earned 1 battle star for World War II service

MADERA COUNTY earned 10 campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (3) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (8) - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Madera County, California



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