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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.

    Balao Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 22 January 1943 - Launched 28 May 1943

    Commissioned 4 September 1943 - Decommissioned 12 June 1946
    Recommissioned 7 March 1952 - Decommissioned 21 October 1955
    Recommissioned 1 August 1957

    Reclassified Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS) 1960
    Decommissioned 1 May 1968

    Struck from Naval Register 1 May 1968
    Sunk 19 October 1968 as target off the coast of California by USS Snook SSN-592

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 Archerfish SS-311 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


Machine Cancel

USN Br. 10864

US Naval
Activities UK



Rubber stamp cachet, from the Neal J. Mills collection.


Machine Cancel

San Francisco CA



Rubber stamp cachet, from the Neal J. Mills collection.


Other Information

USS ARCHERFISH earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal for her Naval service.

USS ARCHERFISH SS-311 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese surrender ceremony

USS ARCHERFISH was used in scenes of the 1959 movie Operation Petticoat starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtiss

NAMESAKE - A small, silvery fish with dark spots on its flanks. The archerfish-found between India and Australia-is unusual in its ability to project a powerful spout of water at its insect prey



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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