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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 25 September 1941 - Launched 2 May 1942

    Commissioned 15 July 1942 - Decommissioned 26 December 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 1 May 1960
    Sold 11 December 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. USS Sunfish SS-281 Covers Page 1    (1941-1944)



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-BTT)

USS Tangier



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


Other Information

USS SUNFISH earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ nine battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A plectognath marine fish, having a deep body truncated behind, and high dorsal; and anal fins.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name SUNFISH - USS Sunfish SS-281 and USS Sunfish SSN-649

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Joseph W. Fowler.



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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