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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.

    Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship
    Authorized as British Mechanized Artillery Transport BAPM-6
    Reclassified Landing Ship Dock (LSD) July 1 1942
    Keel Laid December 31 1943 as HMS SWORD
    Lend-Lease canceled or modified
    Launched May 10 1944

    Commissioned July 3 1944 - Decommissioned August 16 1946
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Pascagoula, MS
    Recommissioned September 21 1950 - Decommissioned September 30 1970

    Struck from Naval Register November 1 1976
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
    Sunk April 28 1993 as target

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     (1950-65)



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 To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning September 21 1950 to September 30 1970


Locy Type


First Day Postal Service


Locy Type 2




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. R-54




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. R-54a


Welcome to Norfolk, VA - USNS Pioneer Valley T-AO 140, cachet by Tazewell G. Nicholson


Locy Type


Cachet by Martin W. Longseth


Other Information

USS RUSHMORE earned three battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - Mount Rushmore Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where a giant sculpture in mountainside stone commemorates four former American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.



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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