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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 September 11 1940 - Launched May 12 1941

  1. USS DRUM SS-228
    Commissioned November 1 1941 - Decommissioned February 16 1946

  2. DRUM SS-228
    Placed In Service March 18 1947 as Naval Reserve Training Vessel

  3. DRUM AGSS-228
    Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS) December 1 1962
    Placed Out of Service 1962

    Struck from Naval Register June 30 1968
    Sold April 14 1969 to become a floating memorial at Mobile, AL.

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 incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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 Drum SS / AGSS-228 Covers Page 1    (1941)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). 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

Post office established November 1 1941 - Disestablished June 6 1942


Locy Type
FDPS 3 Nov 15, 1941



First Day of Postal Service. Cachet artist - Gordon A. Shaw. Cachet sponsor - Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service. Cachet by - Alton M. (Budd) Arrington


Locy Type


First Day of Postal Service.


Locy Type
3 (A-BTT)



USPS Pictorial Postmark


Pictorial Postmark


Waterford CT


75th Anniversary of USS Drum Entering Combat in WWII. Cachet by Brian Baldwin, sponsored by the Thames Stamp Club


Other Information

Credited with sinking...
The 10930-ton Japanese Seaplane Carrier MIZUHO, May 2 1942 off Honshu
The 5356-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship SHONAN MARU, May 13 1942 off Honshu
The 2380-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship KITAKATA MARU, May 25 1942 off Honshu
The 5641-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship HAGUE MARU, October 8 1942 off Japanese east coast
The 2461-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship YAWATASAN MARU, October 9 1942 off Honshu
The 5106-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship RYUNAN MARU, October 20 1942 off Honshu
The 3908-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship OYAMA MARU, April 3 1943 off New Ireland
The 6380-ton Japanese Ammunition Ship NISSHUN MARU, April 18 1943 off Mussau Island New Bismarck
The 5086-ton Japanese Troop Transport MYOKO MARU, June 17 1943 off Mussau Island New Bismarck
The 6438-ton Japanese Troop Transport YAMAGIRI MARU, August 28 1943 off New Hanover
The 2869-ton Japanese Troop Transport KANAYAMASAN MARU, November 11 1943 in Admiralty Islands (probable)
The 11621-ton Japanese Submarine Depot Ship HIE MARU, November 17 1943 off New Ireland
The 4725-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship SHIKISAN MARU, October 24 1944 in South China Sea
The 6886-ton Japanese Merchant Passenger/Cargo Ship TAISO MARU, October 26 1944 off Luzon
The 6061-ton Japanese Cargo Ship TAIHAKU MARU, October 26 1944 off Luzon

USS DRUM earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 12 Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Any of various fishes capable of making a drumming noise, best known on the Atlantic coast.



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