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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 July 14 1941 - Launched January 15 1942

    Commissioned May 4 1942
    SUNK (Shore batteries) June 1 1944 off Matsuwa Island

    Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)

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. Covers Page 1     (1944)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


USPO Duplex

"Navy Yard Sta."

Boston MA



Keel Laid, cachet by Dr. S. E. Hutnick


Locy Type



Keel Laid, cachet by George J. Contraros


Locy Type
FDC 3z


Commissioning, cachet by Robert V. Walton and Glen Osborn. Sponsored by Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS


Locy Type
3z (BTT)


Censored wartime (WWII) use



Portsmouth NH



On Eternal Patrol, cachet by Alton M. (Budd) Arrington


Other Information

HERRING received five battle stars for her service in World War II

Credited with sinking...
The 5083-ton Vichy-French Merchant VILLE du HARVE, November 8 1942 off Casablanca
The 3948-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship HAKOZAKI MARU, December 14 1943 off Shanghai
The 6071-ton Japanese Aircraft Transport NAGOYA MARU, January 1 1944 off Tokyo Bay
The 860-ton Japanese Frigate ISHIGAKI, January 1 1944 off Matsuwa Island
The 1590-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship HOKUYO MARU, January 1 1944 off Matsuwa Island
The 3124-ton Japanese Troop Transport IWAKI MARU, June 1 1944 off Matsuwa Island
The 4366-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship HIBURI MARU, June 1 1944 off Matsuwa Island

NAMESAKE...A forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near the coast



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