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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.

    Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship
    Keel Laid June 6 1955 - Launched August 10 1956

    Commissioned March 29 1957 - Decommissioned October 1 1985
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet

    Struck from Naval Register February 24 1992
    Sold September 29 1995 to Pegasus Inc.
    Repossessed by U.S. Navy July 1 1997
    Transferred to MARAD December 18 1998
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group

    Sunk as target July 14 2010, 70 miles off Kauai, HI

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     (1957-80)



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

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

Post Office Established March 29 1957 - Disestablished July 31 1985


Locy Type
FDPS 2t(n+u) Apr 1, 1957


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-107




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. M-107a




Locy Type
2-1(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
9fu (NY)




Other Information

MONTICELLO earned eleven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
* Vietnam Defense
October 22-23 1965
November 14-18 1965
November 28 to December 24 1965
* Vietnam Counteroffensive
December 25 1965
January 27 to March 1 1966
March 11-12 1966
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
February 25 to March 1 1967
March 17 to April 7 1967
April 19 to May 28 1967
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
June 9 to August 4 1967
August 19 to September 8 1967
* Tet Counteroffensive
March 15-17 1968
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
August 22 to August 25 1968
August 31 to October 5 1968
November 1 1968
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
November 2 to December 8 1968
December 29 to February 18 1969
* Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
February 25 to March 4 1970
April 26-30 1970
* Sanctuary Counteroffensive
May 1-5 1970
* Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
July 21-29 1970
August 5-6 1970
August 17-19 1970
August 24 1970
September 4-7 1970
March 28-31 1971
November 17-21 1971
* Vietnam Ceasefire
October 28 to November 12 1972
December 8-20 1972
January 8-28 1973

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (3) - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (11) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Eniwetok Clean Up, 1-Boat People) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (11) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Home of President Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville, Va., noted as a landmark in American domestic architecture, and designed by Jefferson himself



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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