WWII USS Billfish SS-286 Celluloid Launch Badge Pin Portsmouth Navy Yard

WWII USS Billfish SS-286 Celluloid Launch Badge Pin Portsmouth Navy Yard

Code: usnlb20286bi


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ARTIFACT: This is a World War II USS Billfish SS-286 launch badge. Courtesy of www.hazegray.org: Billfish (SS-286) was launched 12 November 1942 by Portsmouth (NH) Navy Yard, sponsored by Mrs. Lewis. Parks wife of Lieutenant Commander Parks; and commissioned 20 April 1943, Lieutenant Commander F. C. Lucas, Jr., in command. Between 12 August 1943 and 27 August 1945 Billfish made eight war patrols out of Pearl Harbor. During these patrols she sank three freighters totaling 4074 tons and five smaller craft. Part of her seventh and eighth patrols were spent on plane guard duty off Japan. Billfish arrived at Pearl Harbor 27 August 1945 from her last war patrol and was ordered to the Atlantic. She arrived at New Orleans, La., 19 September and spent the next nine months in maneuvers and training. Following inactivation at Portsmouth Navy Yard (June-October 1946) she was towed to New London. Conn., by ATR-64 and went out of commission in reserve there 1 November 1946. Billfish received seven battle stars for her World War II service.

VINTAGE: Circa 1942.

SIZE: About 1-1/2" in diameter.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Celluloid-wrapped tin.

ATTACHMENT: Horizontal safety-style pin.


ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Navy collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. 7@MDXV95 LCEX SLDEX7/11 S(1)VDEX10/21

CONDITION: 8 (Excellent-): This badge shows minor wear and tarnishing, and the badge you receive will either be this one or one in very similar condition.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.