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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.

    Raleigh Class Amphibious Transport Dock
    Keel Laid 23 June 1960 - Launched 17 March 1962

    Commissioned 8 September 1962 - Decommissioned 13 December 1991

    Struck from Naval Register 25 January 1992
    Sunk as target 4 December 1994

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. USS Raleigh LPD-1 Covers Page 1    (1962-1991)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n) (USS)


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19620908-1 pm.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19620908-1.jpg

First Day in Commission

Locy Type
2(n) (USS)


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19631102 pm.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19631102.jpg


Locy Type
2t(n+u) (USS)


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19690121 pm.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19690121.jpg


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


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19830115 pm.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19830115.jpg


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


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19871124 pm.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19871124.jpg

Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson

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



JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19911108 pm.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19911108.jpg


Locy Type


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19631102-1 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19631102-1.jpg


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


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19911013 pm9.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19911013.jpg


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


JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19911213 pm.jpg
JonBurdett raleigh lpd1 19911213.jpg

Last Day in Commission. Cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Other Information

USS RALEIGH earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (3 awards), the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Navy Expeditionary Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3 awards), the Southwest Asia Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the capital of North Carolina which honors the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh, the first to attempt the establishment of an English settlement in North America.

The ship's sponsor was Mrs. Terry Sanford, wife of Terry Sanford, Governor of North Carolina.

Four ships of the US Navy have borne the name RALEIGH - USS Raleigh (1776, 32-gun Sailing Frigate), USS Raleigh C-8, USS Raleigh CL-7 and USS Raleigh LPD-1.



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