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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 25 November 1943 - Launched 6 March 1944

  1. USS ATULE SS-403
    Commissioned 21 June 1944 - Decommissioned 8 September 1947
    Converted to Guppy 1-A type submarine 1950
    Recommissioned 8 March 1951

    Reclassified Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS) 1 October 1969
    Decommissioned 6 April 1970

    Struck from Naval Register 15 August 1973

  3. PACOCHA S-48 (Peruvian Naval Service)
    Sold to Peru July 1974 and renamed
    Sunk (collision) 26 August 1988 with Japanese fishing boat

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 Atule AGSS-403 Covers Page 1     (1944-1969)



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

Ship had no post office


Locy Type
SLKo (unlisted)




Other Information

USS ATULE earned 4 battle stars for her World War II service

NAMESAKE - A bluish-olive colored fish growing to two feet in length, found in Atlantic waters from Cape Cod to Brazil, and in Pacific waters from Oregon to Japan and into the South Pacific.



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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