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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.

    Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship
    Authorized as Tank Landing Ship LST-963
    Redesignated Landing Craft Repair Ship (ARL) September 11 1944
    Keel Laid October 20 1944 - Launched November 18 1944

    Commissioned May 10 1945 - Decommissioned May 26 1947
    Recommissioned November 3 1950 - Decommissioned January 31 1956
    Recommissioned October 31 1967 - Decommissioned September 30 1971

    Struck from Naval Register April 16 1977 - Re-acquired by U.S. Navy 1985
    Recommissioned July 26 1985 - Decommissioned June 16 1989

    Struck from Naval Register June 19 1989
    Custody transferred December 2 2002 to Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse
    and Veterans Park Museum, Dunkirk, N.Y.
    Custody transferred back to MARAD April 2007 due to lack of funds

    Sold August 24 2007 for scrap, contract voided
    Scrapping contract re-awarded November 30 2007
    Towed to Chesapeake, VA December 1 2007 for scrapping

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 Sphinx ARL-24 Covers Page 1      (1947-89)



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
Cover Image

Post office established June 9 1945 - Disestablished April 21 1947


Locy Type


George Washington's Birthday


Locy Type

(Br. #15926)


Sailors mail


Locy Type


George Washington's Birthday


Locy Type
LDPS 2(n) Apr 22, 1947


Last Day of Postal Service, cachet by Walter G. Crosby

Post office reestablished October 6 1952 - Disestablished October 5 1955


Locy Type




Locy Type



Post office reestablished 1967 - Disestablished September 30 1971


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)


Collectors request

Post office reestablished July 26 1985 - Disestablished 1989


Locy Type




Locy Type




Other Information

SPHINX earned one battle star for the Korean War
* UN Summer-Fall Offensive
April 26-28 1952

Earned eight campaigns stars for Vietnam War service
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase IV
June 8-30 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase V
July 1 to November 1 1968
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase VI
November 2 1968 to February 22 1969
* Tet 69/Counteroffensive
February 23 to June 8 1969
* Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
June 9-20 1969
August 23 to October 31 1969
* Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
November 1 1969 to April 30 1970
* Sanctuary Counteroffensive
May 1 to June 30 1970
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive, Phase VII
July 1 to December 12 1970
March 11 to June 30 1971

USS SPHINX earned the following awards during her Naval career - Combat Action Ribbon w/ 1 silver star, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon w/ 1 star, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon w/ 3 stars, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star, the Korean Service Medal w/ 1 Campaign star, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 8 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (8 awards), the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - A mythical monster formed by joining the body of a lion and the head of a human. In ancient Egypt, the Sphinx possessed the head of a man, usually a pharoah. The most famous Egyptian sphinx is a statue hewn out of limestone some 60 feet high and 180 feet long, and located at Gizeh. In Greek mythology, the sphinx combined the head and bust of a woman, the wings of a bird, and the tail of a serpent. The greatest sphinx of Greece was said to have terrorized the people of Thebes by devouring all who could not answer her riddle.



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