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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.

    LSM(R)-501 Class Landing Ship Medium, (Rocket)
    Keel Laid June 9 1945 - Launched July 14 1945

  1. USS LSM(R)-536
    Commissioned November 28 1945 - Decommissioned July 31 1946
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
    Recommissioned September 16 1950

    Named October 1 1955
    Decommissioned September 7 1956
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
    Recommissioned October 2 1965

    Redesignated Inshore Fire Support Ship (LFR) January 1 1969
    Decommissioned May 22 1970

    Struck from Naval Register May 22 1970
    Sold November 1970 to Nissho-Iwai American Corp, New York, N.Y. for scrap

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. White River Covers Page 1     (1967)



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

3rd Commissioning October 2 1965 to May 22 1970


Locy Type


The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

WHITE RIVER earned two battle stars for Korean War service and ten campaign stars for the Vietnam War

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (FEB 3-17,67, NOV 3,67, MAY 5,69) - Navy Unit Commendation (2)- Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (8) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - Rivers in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Washington



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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