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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 1 November 1941 - Launched 17 July 1942

  1. USS HAKE SS-256
  2. Commissioned 30 October 1942 - Decommissioned 13 July 1946

  3. USS HAKE SS-256
  4. Placed In Service as Naval Reserve Training Vessel at Philadelphia, PA.

  5. USS HAKE AGSS-256
  6. Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS) 6 November 1962
    Placed Out of Service 19 April 1968

    Struck from Naval Register 19 April 1968
    Sold 5 December 1972 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 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 Hake SS-256 / AGSS-256 Covers Page 1    (1941-1964)



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


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"U.S.S. HAKE /



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Keel Laid, Cachet by K. E. Streeter


Locy Type

Section Base
Post Office

New London CT


No Image

Keel Laid, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick. Postmarked 2 days late.


Locy Type
3z (BBT)


Groton CT


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Launching, cachet by V. C. Greene.
O. P. R. - "Office of Price Regulation," a government agency whose job was to keep down prices and prevent profiteering from the disruptions that the war caused.


Machine Cancel

Groton CT


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Locy Type
3z (BTT)


SS-256. Censored WWII use


Other Information

USS HAKE earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 Battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

USS HAKE SS-256 was at Tokyo Bay September 2 1945 for the Japanese Surrender

NAMESAKE - Named for a salt water fish similar to cod

The ships sponsor was Mrs. F. J. Fletcher, wife of Rear Admiral Fletcher.



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