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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 February 16 1942 - Launched November 22 1942

  1. USS PUFFER SS-268
    Commissioned April 27 1943 - Decommissioned June 28 1946

  2. PUFFER SS-268
    Placed In Service as Naval Reserve Training Vessel 1946
    Out of Service June 10 1960

    Struck from Naval Register July 1 1960
    Sold November 4 1960 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. Covers Page 1     (1942-44)



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

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

Post Office Established April 20 1943 - Disestablished May 25 1945


Locy Type


JonBurdett puffer ss268 19440625 pm.jpg
JonBurdett puffer ss268 19440625.jpg

Censored wartime (WWII) use


Other Information

PUFFER received 9 battle stars for her World War II service

Credited with sinking...
The 900-ton Japanese Torpedo Boat FUYO, December 20 1943 off Manila
The 6707-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship RYUYO MARU, January 1 1944 off Negros Island
The 15105-ton Japanese Troop Transport TEIKO MARU (former French D'ARTAGNAN), February 22 1944 off Borneo
The 3181-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship SHINRYU MARU, May 18 1944 Netherlands East Indies
The 7951-ton Japanese Underway Replenishment Ship ASHIZURI, June 5 1944 Sulu Sea
The 4465-ton Japanese Oiler TAKASAKI, June 5 1944 Sulu Sea
The 340-ton Japanese Auxiliary Submarine Chaser KYO MARU No. 2, August 7 1944 off Mindanao
The 5113-ton Japanese Merchant Tanker TEIKON MARU, August 12 1944 off Cape Calavite
The 740-ton Japanese Corvette KAIBOKAN 42, January 10 1945 East China Sea
Five small Un-named Japanese Vessels, July 5 1945 off Bali

NAMESAKE - A fish which inflates its body with air



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