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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.

    Pvt Leonard C. Brostrom Class Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid 5 December 1942 as SS MARINE EAGLE
    Launched 10 May 1943
    Delivered to MARCOM 18 September 1943 for ops by American-Hawaiian S.S. Co.

    Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service & renamed 27 March 1948
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 27 January 1950

    Reactivated 3 August 1950 and transferred to MSTS

    Placed in service 9 August 1950
    Converted to a heavy-lift ship in 1953-54 at Bethlehem Steel Co., Brooklyn, NY
    Placed out of service in 1980

    Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
    Transferred to MARAD 29 May 1980
    Sold for scrapping 8 June 1982

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     (DATE RANGE)



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


JohnGermann Pvt Leonard C. Brostrom TAK255 19740731 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

NAMESAKE - Private First Class Leonard C. Brostrom, U.S. Army, Company F, 17th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division. Earned the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for action at Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 28 October 1944.



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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