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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.

    Gato Class Submarine
    Keel Laid July 22 1942 - Launched April 25 1943

  1. USS DACE SS-247
    Commissioned July 23 1943 - Decommissioned February 12 1947
    Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet
    Recommissioned August 8 1951 - Decommissioned January 15 1954
    Underwent extensive modernization
    Recommissioned October 22 1954 - Decommissioned January 31 1955

  2. LEONARDO DA VINCI S-510 (Italian Naval Service)
    Transferred to Italy January 31 1955

    Struck from Naval Register October 15 1972
    Deleted from the Italian Navy 1973

    Sold April 1 1975 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     (1942-43)



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
3z (BBT)


Groton CT



Keel Laying, cachet by V. C. Greene


Locy Type

Section Base
Post Office

New London CT



Launching, cachet by Fred Hebditch


Machine Cancel

Groton CT



Commissioning, cacheted.


Other Information

Earned 7 Battle Stars (WWII)
* 1st War Patrol October 20 1943 southeast coast of Honshu
* 2nd War Patrol January 7 1944 between the Bismarck Archipelago and the Caroline Islands
* 3rd War Patrol March 16 1944 south of the Philippines
* 4th War Patrol June 13 1944 south of The Philippines
* 5th War Patrol September 1 1944 in the Palawan Passage and Balabac Strait
* 6th War Patrol December 2 1944 South China Sea
* 7th War Patrol May 25 1945 The Kuril Islands

Credited with sinking...
The 2827-ton Japanese Auxiliary Vessel KEIKAI MARU January 27 1944 south of The Caroline Islands
The 1192-ton Japanese Fleet Tanker KYOEI MARU No. 2 July 27 1944 off Zamboanga
The 6948-ton Japanese Merchant Tanker EIKYO MARU October 14 1944 off Borneo
The 5993-ton Japanese Merchant Tanker NITTETSU MARU October 14 1944 off Borneo
The 13400-ton Japanese Heavy Cruiser MAYA October 23 1944 off Borneo
The 640-ton Japanese Supply Vessel NOZAKI December 28 1944 off Indo-China
The 6925-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship TAMON MARU No. 15 (by mine) January 26 1945 off Indo-China
An Un-named Japanese Trawler June 8 1945 off Hokkaido
An Un-named Japanese Tug June 8 1945 off Hokkaido
The 1391-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship HAKUYO MARU June 10 1945 Sea of Okhotsk

Earned Navy Unit Commendation

NAMESAKE - Any of many small North American fresh-water fishes of the carp family



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