CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-305
BuilderMare Island Navy Yard


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The National Ensign raised aboard submarine Skate, 15 Apr 1943; Seahorse at left & Sargo at rightCertificate for the Distinguished Order of the Mighty Mine Dodgers issued to all officers and men of the eight returning submarines from the dangerous passage into and out of the Sea of Japan, May and Jun 1945.Five of HydemanFive of Hydeman
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Skate Operational Timeline

16 Jul 1944 USS Skate (Commander W. P. Gruner, Jr.) fired six torpedoes at a Japanese convoy in the Sea of Okhotsk, claiming one hit that sank a Japanese tanker. Japanese records showed that two ships were lost, the 1,942-ton Japanese troop transport Nippo Maru and the 1,937-ton Japanese tanker Nikkaku Maru.
10 Jun 1945 USS Skate sank Japanese submarine I-222 in the Sea of Japan.
4 Jul 1945 Five of the eight surviving submarines of Operation Barney's Hydeman's Hellcats arrived safely at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: USS Flying Fish, Spadefish, Tinosa, Bowfin, and Skate. All nine submarine captains from Hydeman's Hellcats received the Navy Cross, or gold star in lieu thereof, for this patrol.

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1. Bill Hill says:
17 Jan 2017 12:02:30 PM

My Dad was on the 7th war patrol of USS Skate SS 305 into the Sea of Japan . His name is Joe Hill Torpedomen in the aft torpedo room . Anyone serve with him or any son who's Dad was on that patrol please contact me . God Bless this great county & those that fought for my Freedom . Bill Hill

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The National Ensign raised aboard submarine Skate, 15 Apr 1943; Seahorse at left & Sargo at right
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