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Exhibit by Steve Shay Frame 1, Page 12

A History of the Submarines Built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard

USS Whale SS-239
Gato class
Launched March 14, 1942

Upper: Launch cover, design by Martin Aden, shipyard machine postmark.
Lower: First Day of Postal Service cover, USS Whale Type 3z(BTT) cancel, cachet design by C. De Montigny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Made eleven war patrols in the Pacific during World War II. First American submarine to plant mines in Japan’s home waters. Sank 9 ships, total 57,716 tons. Inactivated New London, Connecticut 1945. Decommissioned 1947, reactivated 1956 and recommissioned January 1957. Final decommissioning September 1957. Sold for scrap.

 

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