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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.

    La Salle Class Transport
    Keel Laid December 24 1942 - Launched April 3 1943
    Acquired by U.S. Navy March 9 1944

  1. USS WAR HAWK AP-168
    Commissioned March 9 1944 - Decommissioned August 12 1946
    Laid up August 13 1946 in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA

    Struck from Naval Register October 8 1946
    Acquired by Waterman Steamship Co. Inc., Mobile, AL (Date unknown)

  2. OCEAN DINNY (Commercial Service)
    Acquired by Ocean Transportation Co. Inc., NY, 1964 and renamed

    Acquired by Overseas Carrier Corp. 1966 and renamed

    Dropped from American Shipping Board Register 1970
    Scrapped 1971

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 does not 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    (1945-46)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


Censored wartime (WWII) use


Locy Type


Cachet by Day Lowry


Locy Type




Other Information

Earned 3 Battle Stars (WWII)
* Marianas operation, Capture and occupation of Saipan, June 1944
- Capture and occupation of Guam, July 1944
* Leyte operation, Leyte landings, October 1944
* Luzon operation, Lingayen Gulf landings, January 1945

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Lingayen Gulf, January 10 1945)
China Service Medal (extended)
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
World War II Victory Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Philippines Presidential Unit Citation
Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Personnel Awards...
Purple Heart (61-KIA, Lingayen Gulf, January 10 1945)

NAMESAKE - Former name retained



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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