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1943 U.S.S. Queenfish SS-393 Submarine Launching Souvenir Tag
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The picture shows a view of this 1943 U.S.S. Queenfish SS-393 Submarine Launching Souvenir Tag. This launching badge is believed to have been saved by a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard worker. It was found in Maine with many others dating from 1943 to 1944 when many ships and submarines were built and launched to do battle in World War II. They had been hidden away since the 1940s until 2009. The submarine was launched from The Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard in Kittery, Maine.

This cardboard tag has its original black cord attached. It is imprinted in black and gray on a silver background. The back side is identical. It pictures a United States Navy Submarine and it is marked as follows:


The tag measures 1-3/4'' wide. It is in mint condition as pictured.

Below here, for reference, is some historical information on the U.S.S. Queenfish SS-393 submarine:

USS Queenfish (SS-393)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine
Laid down: 27 July 1943
Launched: 30 November 1943
Commissioned: 11 March 1944
Decommissioned: 1 March 1963
Struck: 1 March 1963
Fate: Sunk as a target, 14 August 1963

General characteristics

Class and type: Balao class diesel electric submarine
Displacement: 1,526 tons (1,550 t) surfaced, 2,391 tons (2,429 t) submerged
Length: 311 ft. 6 in. (94.9 m)
Beam: 27 ft. 3 in (8.3 m)
Draft: 16 ft. 10 in. (5.1 m) maximum
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Model 38D8, 10 cylinder opposed piston diesel engines driving electrical generators, 2 126-cell Sargo batteries, 4 high speed Elliott electric motors with reduction gears, two propellers, 5,400 shp (4.0 MW) surfaced, 2,740 shp (2.0 MW) submerged
Speed: 20.25 knots (38 km/h) surfaced, 8.75 knots (16 km/h) submerged
Range: 11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km) surfaced at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Endurance: 48 hours at 2 knots (3.7 km/h) submerged, 75 days on patrol
Test depth: 400 ft. (120 m)
Complement: 10 officers, 70 - 71 enlisted
Armament: 10 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (six forward, four aft), 24 torpedoes, 1 5-inch (127 mm) / 25 caliber deck gun, four machine guns

USS Queenfish (SS/AGSS-393), a Balao class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the queenfish, a small food fish found off the Pacific coast of North America. The first Queenfish was laid down by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, 27 July 1943; launched 30 November 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Robert A. Theobald; and commissioned 11 March 1944, Lieutenant Commander Charles E. Loughlin in command.

First patrol: August - October 1944

After shakedown off the east coast and further training in Hawaiian waters, Queenfish set out on her first patrol 4 August 1944, in Luzon Strait. She joined ''Ed's Eradicators'', a wolf pack which also included the USS Barb (SS-220) and the USS Tunny (SS-282). The wolfpack was under the command of E. R. Swinburne who rode aboard Eugene B. Fluckey's ''Barb''. Tunny had to withdraw after being damaged by air attack, but on 31 August, Queenfish made her first kill, the 4,700 ton tanker Chiyoda Maru. On 9 September she scored twice more, on the 7,097 ton passenger cargo ship Toyooka Maru and the 3,054 ton transport Manshu Maru. ComSubPac ordered the Eradicators to assist another wolf pack in rescuing Allied POWs who had been on transports in another convoy. The Japanese had picked up their own survivors from the wreckage, but they made no attempt to save any survivors from among the 2,100 British and Australian POWs embarked in the transports. The submarines managed to get 127 out of the water. An approaching typhoon terminated the hunt and the patrol. Queenfish put into Majuro for refit 3 October.

Second and third patrols: October 1944 - January 1945

Queenfish's second war patrol was conducted in the northern part of the East China Sea. This time Cdr. Loughlin had pack command as well as ship command. ''Loughlin's Loopers'' included Barb and USS Picuda (SS-382). On 8 November Queenfish sank the 1,051 ton Keijo Maru and the 1,948 ton Hakko Maru. On 9 November, she sent the 2,131 ton Chojusan Maru, a former gunboat, to the bottom. Alerted by ComSubPac to the approach of a large convoy from Manchuria carrying reinforcements for the Philippines, the ''Loopers'' and another wolfpack, the ''Urchins'', combined to attack. Queenfish struck first on 15 November, sinking the 9,186 ton aircraft ferry Akitsu Maru. Over the next two days the subs destroyed eight ships of the convoy, including the 21,000 ton carrier and the largest of the troop transports. The attacks cost the Japanese army defending the Philippines the bulk of a division. Having received the Presidential Unit Citation for her first two patrols, Queenfish spent her third war patrol, 29 December to 29 January 1945, in the Formosa Straits and waters adjacent to the China coast without sinking any ships.

Fourth patrol: February - April 1945

Queenfish returned to the same area for her fourth war patrol, 24 February to 14 April, as a member of another wolf pack. Cdr. William S. Post, Jr., the senior commanding officer on the USS Spot (SS-413), also had the USS Sea Fox (SS-402) in his wolf pack, ''Post's Panzers'', the second of that name. After Spot expended all her torpedoes, she left to reload; pack command devolved on Cmdr. Loughlin.

On 1 April Queenfish sank the 11,600 ton passenger cargo ship Awa Maru. Unfortunately her victim was a ship whose safe passage had been guaranteed by the United States government, since she was to carry Red Cross relief supplies to Japanese prisoner of war camps. The sinking occurred in heavy fog, and Awa Maru was not sounding her fog horn, as required by international treaty. The incident caused considerable controversy. When the one survivor picked up by Queenfish told his story, Queenfish was ordered back to port; Cdr. Loughlin was relieved of command, tried by a court martial and convicted of one of three charges, negligence in obeying orders and received a ''Letter of Admonition'' from the Secretary of the Navy. After the war, it was confirmed that Awa Maru was loaded with munitions and contraband. Loughlin survived to continue an illustrious career that led to flag rank.

On 12 April Queenfish rescued the 13-man crew of a Navy flying boat. Queenfish spent her fifth patrol under Cdr. Frank N. Shamer on lifeguard duty in the East China Sea Yellow Sea area. She was at Midway preparing for another patrol when the war ended.

Post World War II operations, 1945 - 1963

After overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Queenfish assumed duties as Flagship, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet. Homeported at Pearl Harbor after the war, Queenfish returned to the Far East during March 1946 and in June - July 1949, but spent most of the period to 1950 in training operations in the eastern Pacific. In late 1947 she operated in the Bering Sea. In February and March 1950 Queenfish took part in combined Operations with units of the U.S. Pacific and British Fleets. She made cruises to Korean waters in 1951 and 1953. In February 1954 she sailed to her new homeport of San Diego. The next four years were spent operating off the west coast of the United States, with the exception of two weeks in Hawaii in late 1956. On 16 January 1958 she departed for a 6 month deployment to WestPac, returning to San Diego 27 July to resume operations off the west coast of the United States. Queenfish was reclassified AGSS-393 1 July 1960. She was decommissioned and was struck from the Navy List 1 March 1963. Slated for scrapping, she was instead sunk as target, by the USS Swordfish (SSN-579), 14 August 1963. Queenfish was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation (US), and received 6 battle stars for World War II service. Queenfish was also used for the opening and closing scenes and some exterior shots in the movie Operation Petticoat.

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