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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.

    Bayfield Class Transport
    Keel Laid November 14 1942 as Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull
    Assigned U.S. Navy as Transport AP-78
    Redesignated Attack Transport (APA) February 1 1943
    Launched February 15 1943 as SEA BASS
    Acquired by U.S. Navy June 30 1943

    Placed in Reduced Commission June 30 - July 29 1943 for conversion
    Commissioned November 30 1943 - Decommissioned June 28 1968

    Struck from Naval Register October 1 1968
    Sold September 15 1969 to Levin Metals, San Pedro, CA 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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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     (1943-67)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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
Close-Up Image
Thumbnail Link To
Full Cover Image

Post Office Established January 23 1944 - Disestablished 1968


Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-65




Locy Type

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. B-65a




Locy Type




Locy Type
2(n+) (USS)




Locy Type


Censored Officers mail


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




Locy Type
9efu (Br.)




Locy Type
9efu (BR.)




Other Information

BAYFIELD earned 4 Battle Stars for WWII
* Invasion of Normandy
June 6-25 1944
* Invasion of southern France
August 15 to September 25 1944
* Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, February 19 to March 1 1945
* Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, April 1-7 1945

Earned 5 Battle Stars for Korea
* North Korean Aggression
September 21 to November 2 1950
* Communist China Aggression
December 3-29 1950
* First UN Counter Offensive
February 26 to March 7 1951
* Second Korean Winter
April 19-23 1952
* Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
October 17-18 1952

Earned 2 Campaign Stars for Vietnam service
* Vietnam Defense
July 4-9 1965
August 18-28 1965
August 31 to September 10 1965
October 22-26 1965
* Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase II
February 2-16 1967
February 28 to March 10 1967
April 19 1967
April 25 to May 29 1967

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (5) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 5-Quemoy-Matsu, 1 Cuba, 1-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

NAMESAKE - A county in northwestern Wisconsin. Established on February 19 1845 as LaPointe County, it was renamed on April 12 1866 to honor Henry W. Bayfield, an officer of the Royal Navy who came to Canada during the War of 1812 and, following the return of peace, remained in the New World to survey the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and the coast of Labrador



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