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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.

    Indus Class Net Cargo Ship
    Keel Laid March 18 1943
    Launched April 11 1943 as MATTHEW LYON
    Operated under contract by Dichmann, W & P Co.
    Torpedoed August 12 1943 by Japanese Submarine HIJMS I-11
    Acquired by U.S. Navy October 1 1943 and renamed

  1. ZEBRA IX-107
    Placed In Service as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) October 1 1943

  2. ZEBRA AKN-5
    Redesignated Net Cargo Ship (AKN) February 15 1944

    Commissioned February 27 1944 - Decommissioned January 21 1946
    Laid up in National Defense Reserve Flee, James River Group

    Struck from Naval Register February 7 1946
    Sold March 28 1972 to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp. 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 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     (1946)



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 To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type


Bunter Zebra AKN 5 19460111 1 pm1.jpg
Bunter Zebra AKN 5 19460111 1 front.jpg



Locy Type
LDPS 9efu


Bunter Zebra AKN 5 19460111 1 pm2.jpg
Bunter Zebra AKN 5 19460111 1 front.jpg



Other Information

ZEBRA was awarded one battle star for World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

NAMESAKE - Any of several fleet African mammals related to the horse and distinctively patterned in stripes of black or brown and white or buff.



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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