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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 November 23 1953 - Launched September 28 1954

    Commissioned March 31 1955 - Decommissioned September 30 1983

    Struck from Naval Register February 24 1992
    Sold to Pegasus Inc, September 29 1995 for scrapping
    Repossessed by the Navy July 1 1997
    Custody transferred to MARAD August 18 1998
PointDefiance LSD31 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 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     (1956-79)



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


Locy Type
2(n+) 1955


JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19561009 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19561009.jpg



Locy Type
2(n+) 1964


JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19660221r pm.jpg
JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19660221.JPG



Locy Type
2t(nu) (A,USS)


JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19701027 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19701027.jpg



Locy Type


GregCiesielski PointDefiance LSD31 19790216 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski PointDefiance LSD31 19790216 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's mail


Locy Type


JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19790704 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pointdefiance lsd31 19790704.jpg



Other Information

POINT DEFIANCE earned two (2) Combat Action Ribbons, the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, seven (7) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 10 Campaign stars), twelve (12) Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbons and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A park in Pierce County, Tacoma, Wash., the site of a military reservation established by the U.S. Government in 1866.



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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