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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 21 October 1943 - Launched 2 July 1944

  1. USS BUGARA SS-331
    Commissioned 15 November 1944

    Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS) June 1969

  3. USS BUGARA SS-331
    Reverted to (SS) October 1969
    Decommissioned 1 October 1970

    Stuck from Naval Register 1 October 1970
    Sunk 1 June 1971 while under tow near Cape Flattery, WA

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 Bugara SS-331 Covers Page 1     (1943-1970)



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


Locy Type 3z



Keel Laying, cachet by William F. Spader and the Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS


Other Information

USS BUGARA earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 Battle Stars and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named for a multicolored fish found along the coast of California

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Lyman S. Perry, wife of Captain Perry, USN.



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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