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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.

    LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large)
    Keel Laid 29 April 1944 - Launched 27 May 1944

  1. USS LCI(L)-1008
  2. Commissioned 19 June 1944 - Decommissioned 5 August 1946

  3. USS LSI(L)-1008
  4. Reclassified as a Landing Ship Infantry, Large (LSI(L)) 28 February 1949

  6. Named SANDPIPER and reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, Underwater Locator (AMCU) 7 March 1952
    Conversion began 15 April 1953 - Conversion completed 5 November 1953
    Commissioned 7 October 1953 - Transferred to Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1954

  8. Reclassified a Coastal Mine Hunter (MHC) 7 February 1955 while in reserve
    Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
    Transferred in October 1960 to the Miami Power Squadron, Miami, FL


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. USS LCI(L)-1008 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)
  2. USS LSI(L)-1008 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)
  3. USS Sandpiper AMCU-38 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 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image






Other Information

USS LCI(L)-1008 earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ two battle stars and the World war II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A shore bird related to the plovers and snipes.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name SANDPIPER - USS Sandpiper AVP-9/AM-51 and USS Sandpiper MHC-38.



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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