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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 July 20 1944 as Tank Landing Ship LST-650
    Reclassified Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) August 14 1944
    Named September 11 1944
    Launched October 10 1944

    Placed in Ferry Commission October 21 - November 3 1944
    Commissioned (Full) February 23 1945 - Decommissioned September 23 1946
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet
    Recommissioned December 14 1951 - Decommissioned September 30 1968

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1968
    Sunk as target 1969

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. 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 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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image


Locy Type
15832 Branch


JohnGermann Pandemus ARL18 19460730 1a Postmark.jpg
JohnGermann Pandemus ARL18 19460730 1 Front.jpg


2nd Commissioning December 14 1951 to September 30 1968


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Pandemus ARL18 19660825 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Pandemus ARL18 19660825 1 Front.jpg

R/S cachet - Cachetmaker Unknown


Other Information

PANDEMUS received one battle star for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba) - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - A civic goddess in Egyptian and Greek mythology, perhaps of marriage, personifying earthly or common love



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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