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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.

    Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship
    Keel Laid 21 September 1992 - Launched 11 June 1994

    Commissioned 8 June 1996

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 Oak Hill LSD-51 Covers Page 1     (1998-2018)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2-2t(n+)


Commissioning. Cachet by Gary R.Rogak


Locy Type
FPO AE 09573-1739)


FREE Mail, cover serviced by Richard P. Motz


Locy Type
9-2(n+) (USS,
FPO AE 09573-1739)


Ships cachet, collectors request by Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type
(USS,FPO AE 09573)


FREE Mail, cover serviced by Elgin Sink


Locy Type
(USS,FPO AE 09573)
(Unit 100304)


Cachet by Michael Brock


Locy Type
13-2n+ (USS,
FPO AE 09573-1739)


Ships cachet, collectors request by Thad Kaczkowski


Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10


FREE Mail, cover serviced by Elgin Sink


Locy Type Meter PB6
No. 0001939457


Cachet by Richard Hoffner


Other Information

USS OAK HILL currently has earned the following awards - Chief of Naval Operations Letter of Commendation, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

NAMESAKE - The home of President James Monroe located in Loudon County, VA.

There have been two ships of the US Navy that have borne the name OAK HILL - USS Oak Hill LSD-7 and USS Oak Hill LSD-51.

The ships sponsor is Mrs. Sandra Boomer, wife of General Walter E. Boomer, USMC.



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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