PELELIU LHA 5

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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.

    Tarawa Class Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose)
    Ordered 6 November 1970 as KHE SANH
    Renamed DA NANG 8 April 1974
    Keel Laid 12 November 1976
    Renamed PELELIU 15 February 1978
    Launched 11 November 1978 - Christened 6 January 1979

  1. USS PELELIU LHA-5
    Commissioned 3 May 1980 - Decommissioned 31 March 2015
PELELIU LHA5 1 Crest.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Peleliu LHA-5 Covers Page 1     (1976-2015)

 

Postmarks

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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.
 
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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Close-Up Image
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Ship Postmarks


 

Locy Type
FDC 2-1(n+)
(USN,USS)

1980-05-03

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19800503 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19800503 1 Front.jpg

Commissioning, Official Ships Cachet


 

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

1984-02-24

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19840224 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19840224 1 Front.jpg

Collectors Request, Official Ships Cachet


 

Locy Type
2-1(n+) (D2,USS)

1989-07-04

JonBurdett peleliu lha5 19890704 pm.jpg
JonBurdett peleliu lha5 19890704.jpg

Independence Day, cachet by Gary Rogak


 

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

1996-07-04

JonBurdett peleliu lha5 19960704 pm.jpg
JonBurdett peleliu lha5 19960704.jpg

Independence Day, cachet by Gary Rogak


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USN,USS)

1984-02-24

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19840224 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19840224 1 Front.jpg

Collectors Request, Official Ships Cachet


 

Locy Type
9-1(n+u) (USS)

1996-08-24

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19960824 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bridge 19960824 1 Front.jpg

Christening of the USS Bridge AOE-10. Cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS


 

Locy Type
11-1a(n+) (USS)

2010-09-11

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20100911 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20100911 2 Front.jpg

Ships cachet, from the Thad Kaczkowski collection.


 

Locy Type
11-1(n+) (USS)

{2010}

2010-09-11

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20100911 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20100911 1 Front.jpg

On piece, collector request by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type
11-1(n+) (USS)

{2013}

2013-03-08

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20130308 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20130308 1 Front.jpg

On piece, collector request by Thad Kaczkowski


 

Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-10

2008-10-24

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20081024 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20081024 1 Front.jpg

100th Anniversary of the Great White Fleet, cover serviced by Wolfgang Hechler.


 

Locy Type
Meter OFR2
(#520061) ZIP 96624

1992-12-01

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 19921201 1 Meter.jpg

N/A

On Piece


 

Locy Type LDC F

2015-03-31

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20150331 2a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20150331 2 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cover serviced by Greg Ciesielski



USPS Pictorial Postmark


 

USPS
Pictorial Postmark

"Last Day In /
Commission Sta.

San Diego CA

2015-03-31

GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20150331 1a Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Peleliu LHA5 20150331 3 Front.jpg

Decommissioning, cachet by Wolfgang Hechler


 

Other Information

USS PELELIU LHA-5 earned the following awards during her Naval career - Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ one silver star, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2 awards), Navy Expeditionary Medal w/ 1 star, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 4 stars, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 1 star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal w/ 2 stars, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

NAMESAKE

KHE SANH
The district capital of Hướng Hoá District, Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam

DA NANG
A major port city in the South Central Coast of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea

PELELIU
Named for the Battle of Peleliu during World War II.

The ships sponsor is Peggy Hayward, the wife of the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Thomas B. Hayward.

 


 

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