How can I find out the name of the ship my father was on from the Philippines in Operation Magic Carpet on November 16, 1945?

I am researching my father's military history during WW2. He was a member of the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bomb Group, 390th Bombardment Squadron. I can request ship logs for that time period if I knew the ship's name. He was stationed at Puerta Princessa on Palawan Island and departed November 16th, 1945. His name is Francis W. Holden and he was a 1st Lieutenant.

Thanks, Chris Holden


    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    This is in response to your inquiry to the National Archives regarding your request for information regarding your father’s service during the World War 2 era.

    It would be in your best interest to obtain your father’s Official Military Personnel File. Please see the following information on how to do so;

    The medical and Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) of Enlisted Personnel of the U.S. Navy who were separated from the service after 1885 and prior to February 1, 1994 and Officers of the U.S. Navy who were separated from service after 1902 and prior to February 1, 1994 are located at NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.  You may apply online at Or you can download Standard Form 180 (SF-180) and send in your request via postal mail.

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  • Hi Jo,

         Thanks so much for tracking down this information! Is there a fee for this? Id be happy to pay you for your time. I looked up the SS Sea Star and my research showed that the Navy purchased it, commissioned it as the USS Elizabeth C. Stanton; I requested Deck Logs for November 16, 1945 to December 4, 1945, but these articles show it as the SS Sea Star still.

    I'm confused.


  • Are Deck Logs available for Liberty ships with Merchant Marine crews operated by the War Shipping Administration or the U.S Army Transport service?



  • Two ships were named Sea Star, the first was built in 1939 by Moore Dry Dock Company, Oakland, California, for Moore-McCormack Lines, Inc. The ship was renamed the Mormacstar in 1940, then transferred to the US Navy in 1942 and renamed "USS Elizabeth Stanton".  After the war, the Elizabeth Stanton was transferred back to Moore McCormack Lines Inc., on 3 April 1946 and renamed SS Mormacstar.

    The second SEA STAR was built in 1943 at the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi by the United States War Shipping Administration as a 7,868-ton, 492 foot long, 69-foot-wide troop transport ship. She had two decks and an open shelter deck,and was built solely for transporting troops.  The SS Sea Star was transferred to the U.S. Maritime commission, and in 1948 underwent an extensive overhaul in preparation for her sale to the Luckenbach Steamship Company of New York. The Luckenbach Steamship company renamed the ship the GEORGE LUCKENBACH and operated her from 1948 to 1960 as a cargo transport ship making transit runs between New York, San Francisco and the Philippines.

    The Sea Star referenced in the newspaper articles would be the second Sea Star built by Ingalls. The first Sea Star was renamed the Elizabeth Stanton in 1942 and never returned to that name.