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


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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.


The National Ensign raised aboard submarine Skate, 15 Apr 1943; Seahorse at left & Sargo at rightFive of HydemanFive of HydemanFive of Hydeman
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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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