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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.

    Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship
    Keel Laid March 3 1953 - Launched February 9 1954

    Commissioned September 17 1954 - Decommissioned September 5 1984

    Struck from Naval Register February 2 1992
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Sold September 29 1995 to Pegasus Inc.
    Repossessed by U.S. Navy July 1 1997
    Laid up November 18 1998 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group

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     (1956-67)



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 From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type




Locy Type
9ef(n+u) (USS)




Other Information

THOMASTON earned eleven campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 9-Vietnam, 1-Op. Eagle Pull, 1-Op. Frequent Wind) - Vietnam Service Medal (11) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Eagle Pull, 1-Frequent Wind, 1-Eniwetok Cleanup, 1-Boat People) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Named for the town of Thomaston, Maine. Thomaston was the home of General Henry Knox, the first Secretary of War to serve under the United States Constitution



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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