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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.

    LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid 27 November 1944 - Launched 10 January 1945

  1. USS LST-1096
    Commissioned 2 February 1945 - Decommissioned 24 August 1946
    Recommissioned 3 October 1950

    Named 1 July 1955
    Decommissioned 26 September 1969

    Struck from Naval Register 1 April 1975
    Sold 1 December 1975 for scrap

  3. LST-5
    Resold 1976 to Landing System Technology Pte. Ltd. Singapore and renamed

  4. PETROLA 145 (Greek Registry)
    Acquired 30 June 1978 by Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A.
    Entered Service 20 September 1980

    Sold for demolition 1988

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. USS LST-1096 Covers Page 1     (1946)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

Post office established February 1 1945 - Disestablished June 30 1945


Machine Postmark

San Diego, CA


JohnGermann St. Clair County LST1096 19670424 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS LST-1096 / USS ST CLAIR COUNTY earned the Combat Action Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia clasp, the National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), the Korea Service Medal w/ 5 Battle stars, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 Campaign stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Ribbon (5 awards), the Philippine Liberation Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Counties in five states.



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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