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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.

    Balao Class Submarine
    Keel Laid December 9 1942 - Launched March 10 1943

  1. USS APOGON SS-308
    Commissioned July 16 1943 - Decommissioned April 29 1946

    Struck from Naval Register February 25 1947
    Sunk July 25 1946 at Bikini atoll during atomic testing

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Apogon SS-208 Covers Page 1     (1944)



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.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established July 1 1943 - Disestablished August 10 1944


Locy Type 2z*




Locy Type


This cancel is known to have been used at the submarine base at Pearl Harbor.


Locy Type SLbo




Other Information

USS APOGON earned the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 battle stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A group of large-headed salt water fishes with oblong compressed bodies found in tropical or subtropical waters. The majority of these fishes are marine and live among reefs in shallow water.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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