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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 Landing Ship Tank
    Keel Laid May 3 1944 - Launched June 9 1944

  1. USS LST-575
    Commissioned June 30 1944

  2. USS LST(M)-575
    Modified to Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship (APB)
    Initially designated LST (Modified) (LST(M)) January 15 1945

    Redesignated and named March 31 1945
    Decommissioned May 29 1947
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group

    Struck from Naval Register May 1 1959
    Sold September 10 1959 to Marlene Blouse Corp. 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. LST-575 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)
  2. Wythe Covers Page 1     (1945)



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
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type

(Br. #15481)


JonBurdett wythe apb41 19451001 pm.jpg
JonBurdett wythe apb41 19451001.JPG



Other Information

LST(M)-575 earned 1 battle star for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

NAMESAKE - Wythe County, Virginia



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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