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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 June 25 1942 - Launched March 7 1943

    Commissioned May 31 1943
    SUNK by Japanese warships June 18 1945 off west coast of Honshu
    On Eternal Patrol with a crew of eighty-five.

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 Bonefish SS-223 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

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Locy Type
3z (BBT)



GregCiesielski Bonefish SS223 19430307 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Bonefish SS223 19430307 2 Front.jpg

Launching, cachet by Gow C. Ng. Postmark did not originate from the ship.


Other Information

USS BONEFISH earned the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon (5 awards), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 Battle Stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for the ladyfish, dogfish, and sturgeon.

Two submarines of the US Navy have borne the name BONEFISH - USS Bonefish SS-223 and USS Bonefish SS-582

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Elizabeth S. Daubin, wife of Rear Admiral Freeland A. Daubin, Commander of Submarines, Atlantic.



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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