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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-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
    Keel Laid 16 June 1943 - Launched 12 September 1943

  1. USS LST-278
    Commissioned 22 October 1943 - Decommissioned 22 January 1945

    Recommissioned 14 February 1945, renamed and redesignated for service as a barracks and post office at Ulithi Atoll
    Decommissioned (date unknown)

    Final Disposition, declared in excess of the Navy's needs and destroyed 16 October 1946
    Struck from the Naval Register 22 May 1947

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. USS SEAWARD IX-209 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 Seaward IX209 19460114 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities, so this postmark was applied either on another ship or ashore.


Other Information

USS LST-278 earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name SEAWARD - SEAWARD IX-60 and USS Seaward IX-209.



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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