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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 May 31 1943 - Launched October 12 1943

    Commissioned January 22 1944 - Decommissioned March 19 1946
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet
    Reclassified Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS) December 1 1962, While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register March 1 1967
    Sold February 4 1969 to Zidell Explorations, Inc. Portland, OR 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 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


Kittery ME


JonBurdett pipefish ss388 19431012.jpg
JonBurdett pipefish ss388 19431012 cach.jpg



Locy Type


JonBurdett pipefish ss388 19440122 pm.jpg
JonBurdett pipefish ss388 19440122.jpg

First Day in Commission
USCS Catalog does not list this mark as FDC


Other Information

PIPEFISH received six battle stars for World War II service

Credited with sinking...
The 1018-ton Japanese Auxiliary Vessel HAKUTETSU MARU, September 12 1944 off Japan
The 740-ton Japanese Corvette KAIBOKAN No.64, December 3 1944 South China Sea

NAMESAKE - A long, narrow fish with straight, tubular snout; bony scaled; has extraordinary powers of concealment in vegetation; found in Panama



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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