O-9 SS 70

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    O Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 15 February 1917 - Launched 27 January 1918

  1. USS 0-9
    Commissioned 27 July 1918

  2. USS 0-9 SS-70
    Designated SS-70 17 July 1920 - Decommissioned June 25 1931
    Recommissioned 14 April 1941
    SUNK by mechanical failure 20 June 1941

    34 officers and men Remain On Patrol

    Struck from Naval Register October 23 1941


Naval Covers

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  1. USS O-9 SS-70 Covers Page 1    (1928-1941)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
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Cover Image

1st Commissioning 27 July 1918 to June 25 1931


Locy Type 3


Division Fourteen


"When eight of the submarines of the O class were decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1931, the mail clerk of Submarine Division Fourteen, Battle Fleet produced commemorative covers for the events. The name of each submarine was given in the killer bars of the cancel. This does not imply that the division post office was aboard each boat; it was located at the yard along with the staff of the division." 1995 USCS Postmark Catalog. From the Paul Huber collection.

2nd Commissioning 14 April 1941 to 20 June 1941


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)

"U.S.S. O-9 /

USS Grampus


Unknown cachetmaker. From the Paul Huber collection.


Other Information



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