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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 May 4 1942 - Launched December 20 1942

  1. USS RASHER SS-269
    Commissioned (Special) June 8 1943
    Decommissioned and towed to New Orleans
    Commissioned (Full) July 1943 - Decommissioned June 22 1946
    Redesignated Radar Picket Submarine (SSR) 1951

    Recommissioned December 14 1951 - Decommissioned May 28 1952
    Recommissioned July 22 1953

    Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS) July 1 1960
    Decommissioned May 27 1967
    Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified Submarine (IXSS), While in reserve

    Struck from Naval Register December 20 1971
    Sold August 7 1974 to American Ship Dismantlers Corp. 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 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     (DATE RANGE)



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

1st Commissioning June 8 1943 to June 22 1946


Machine Cancel

Manitowoc, WI


No Image






2nd Commissioning July 22 1953 to May 27 1967


Machine Cancel

San Francisco, CA


As AGSS-269
Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Other Information

RASHER was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, received 7 battle stars for her World War II service, and 2 battle stars for her Vietnam service

Credited with sinking...
The 3131-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship KOGANE MARU, October 9 1943 off Ambon
The 3377-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship KENKOKU MARU, October 13 1943 off Ambon
The 2046-ton Japanese Tanker TANGO MARU, November 8 1943 Makassar Strait
The 7251-ton Japanese Tanker KIYO MARU, January 5 1944 South China Sea
The 4805-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship RYUSEI MARU, February 25 1944 off Bali
The 6200-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship TANGO MARU, February 25 1944 off Bali
The 6484-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship NITTAI MARU, March 3 1944 Celebes Sea
The 2732-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship NICHINAN MARU, March 27 1944 off Bali
The 1074-ton Japanese Auxiliary Vessel CHOI MARU, May 11 1944 Molucca Sea
The 2601-ton Japanese Auxiliary Gunboat ANSHU MARU, May 30 1944 off Halmahera
The 7950-ton Japanese Underway Replenshment Ship SHIOYA, June 8 1944 Celebes Sea
The 3183-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship KOAN MARU, June 14 1944 off Mindanao
The 4379-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship SHIROGANESAN MARU, August 6 1944 South China Sea
The 17830-ton Japanese Escort Carrier TAIYO, August 18 1944 South China Sea
The 17537-ton Japanese Troop Transport TEIA MARU (Former French ARAMIS), August 18 1944 South China Sea
The 542-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship EISHIN MARU, August 18 1944 South China Sea
The 9849-ton Japanese Oiler TEIYO MARU, August 18 1944 off Cape Bojeador
A small Un-named Japanese vessel, April 29 1945 off Honshu

NAMESAKE - A vermilion colored rockfish or scorpionfish found along the California coast



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