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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.

    180-Ft "B" or Mesquite Class Lighthouse Tender
    Keel Laid December 4 1942 - Launched March 20 1943

    Commissioned November 4 1943
    Decommissioned 1947 (due to shortage of personnel)
    Recommissioned September 1 1949

    Reclassified 1965 - Decommissioned March 19 1999
GregCiesielski Planetree WLB307 19990319 1 Crest.jpg

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    (1944, 1999)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 2z


GregCiesielski Planetree WAGL307 19441015 1 Front.jpg


WAGL 307. Coastie Mail. Assigned to the US Navy during WWII but did not have their own post office on board.


USPS 4-bar

Ketchikan AK


GregCiesielski Planetree WLB307 19990319 1 Front.jpg


WLB 307. Decommissioning, cachet by Stephen Decatur Chapter No. 4, USCS




GregCiesielski LST765 20010523 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski LST765 20010523 1 Back.jpg

First Day of Issue "Honoring Veterans" stamp. The cachetmaker, Florence "Via" Villasenor, used this opportunity to honor John A. Lynch, USCG. John Lynch also served on the USS LST-765.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Planetree is from the genus Platanus, trees native to the Northern Hemisphere. They are the sole members of the family Platanaceae. They are all large trees, up to 30–50 meters tall. They are known as planes in Europe, and as sycamores in North America.



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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