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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.

    Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 3 April 1968 as Attack Cargo Ship (AKA)
    Redesignated Cargo Ship (LKA) 1 January 1969
    Launched 4 January 1969

  1. USS ST. LOUIS LKA-116
    Commissioned 22 November 1969 - Decommissioned 2 November 1992
    Laid up 30 March 2000 at Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Hawaii

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 St. Louis LKA-116 Covers Page 1     (1969-85)



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
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
FDC 2(n+) (USS)


First Day in Commission, cachet by Tazewell Nicholson


Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type
2-1 (USS)




Locy Type F

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. S-101




Other Information

NAMESAKE - Named for the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

USS ST. LOUIS earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award Ribbon (2 awards), the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6 awards), the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 campaign stars and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

There have been seven ships of the US Navy that have borne the name ST. LOUIS - USS St. Louis (1828, Sloop-of-War), USS St. Louis (1861, Ironclad Gunboat),
USS St. Louis (1898, Troop Transport), USS St. Louis C-20, USS St. Louis CL-49, USS St. Louis LKS-116, and USS St. Louis LCS-19.

The ships sponsor is Leonor K. Sullivan, Representative from the 3d District of Missouri.



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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