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The picture below shows a larger view of this 1944 U.S.S. Redfish SS-395 Submarine Launching Souvenir Tag. This launching badge is believed to have been saved by a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard worker. It was found in New Hampshire 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 2015. 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 red on a silver background. The back side is identical. It pictures a United States Navy Submarine and it is marked as follows:

LAUNCHING
U.S.S. REDFISH

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

Below here, for reference, is some historical information on the U.S.S. Redfish SS-395 submarine:

U.S.S. Redfish (SS-395)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

History
Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine
Laid down: 9 September 1943
Launched: 27 January 1944
Commissioned: 12 April 1944
Decommissioned: 27 June 1968
Struck: 30 June 1968
Fate: Sunk as target off San Diego, California, 6 February 1969

General characteristics
Class & type: Balao class diesel electric submarine
Displacement: 1,526 tons (1550 t) surfaced, 2,391 tons (2429 t) submerged
Length: 311 feet 6 inches (94.95 m)
Beam: 27 feet 3 inches (8.31 m)
Draft: 16 feet 10 inches (5.13 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 (37 km/h) surfaced, 8.75 knots (16 km/h) submerged
Range: 11,000 nm (20,000 km) surfaced at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Endurance: 48 hours at 2 knots (4 km/h) submerged, 75 days on patrol
Test depth: 400 feet (120 m)
Complement: 10 officers, 70 - 71 enlisted
Armament: 10 - 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, 6 forward, 4 aft, 24 torpedoes, 1 - 5 inch (127 mm) / 25 caliber deck gun, Bofors 40 mm and Oerlikon 20 mm cannon

The U.S.S. Redfish (SS/AGSS-395), a Balao class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the redfish. Her keel was laid down on 9 September 1943 at the Portsmouth Navy Yard of Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 27 January 1944 sponsored by Miss Ruth Roper, and commissioned on 12 April 1944 with Commander Louis D. McGregor in command.

World War II
Redfish arrived at Pearl Harbor on 27 June 1944. Departing 23 July, she sank the 5,953 ton Japanese cargo ship Batopaha Maru on 25 August, the 7,311 ton tanker Ogura Maru Number Two on 16 September, and the 8,506 ton transport Mizuho Maru on 21 September, all off Formosa, before arriving at Midway Island on 2 October. Departing Midway on 25 October and Saipan on 3 November, she sank the 2,345 ton Japanese transport Hozan Maru during the night of 22 November - 23 November. Departing Saipan on 1 December, she combined with the U.S.S. Sea Devil (SS-400) the night of 8 December - 9 December to heavily damage the Japanese aircraft carrier Juny, putting that enemy ship out of action for the remainder of the war.

Redfish sank the newly built 18,500 ton Japanese aircraft carrier Unry, bound for Mindoro, on 19 December. After diving to 232 feet (71 m), she rose to the surface and raced to escape Japanese pursuit. Arriving at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for repairs on 17 February 1945, she returned to Pearl Harbor 23 July, and remained there until the end of the war.

Redfish received a Presidential Unit Citation which read ''For extraordinary heroism in action during the First and Second War Patrols against enemy Japanese surface units in the restricted waters of the Pacific. Operating in bold defiance of foul weather and persistent hostile depth charging, gunfire and bombing by outnumbering forces of radar-equipped ships, air escorts and patrol craft, the U.S.S. REDFISH launched her accurate and intensive gun and torpedo fire during brief periods of concentrated attack to sink a new Japanese aircraft carrier with her entire complement of embarked planes and equipment destined to be used against our forces, to damage severely another vital carrier and to destroy or cripple much additional shipping necessary to the enemy’s continued prosecution of the war. Although forced to the bottom in 230 feet of water by vicious countermeasures, with her pressure hull cracked and numerous leaks throughout, the REDFISH responded gallantly to the superb handling of her skilled and aggressive ship's company and succeeded in evading further damage and returning to port. Her brilliant record of success in combat and her indomitable fighting spirit in the face of the most determined and fierce counterattacks by an alert and relentless enemy reflect the highest credit upon the REDFISH, her valiant officers and men and the United States Naval Service.''

Post War service and movie career
After duty at Guam from September 1945 to January 1946, she arrived at San Diego, California, on 30 January. Departing on 3 March 1947, she voyaged to Guam and Japan before returning 21 June. After operations off the West Coast and Hawaii, she sailed toward Korea on 2 February 1951, and operated out of Yokosuka, Japan, until 24 June, in support of United Nations forces. Returning to San Diego on 3 July, she operated off the West Coast.

In the spring of 1954, fitted with a ''dummy'' rear fin, Redfish played the part of Jules Verne's Nautilus in the Walt Disney film ''20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'' where the Nautilus's afterdeck was constructed on the Redfish's deck for a scene where the captain puts visitors out on the deck while the ship submerges. In September 1957, with deck and armament modifications, she played the part of the fictional submarine U.S.S. Nerka in the 1958 motion picture Run Silent, Run Deep. She capped her film career by making several appearances in the popular black and white television series The Silent Service.

Reclassified AGSS-395 on 1 July 1960, she was underway from San Diego, California, on western Pacific deployment from 26 March to 26 September. From then into 1968, she made annual training cruises to the western Pacific. Decommissioned on 27 June 1968 at San Diego, she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 30 June, and sunk as a target by the U.S.S. Medregal (AGSS-480). Redfish received two battle stars for World War II service.

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