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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 April 9 1943 - Launched July 24 1943

  1. USS PARCHE SS-384
    Commissioned November 20 1943 - Decommissioned December 11 1946
    Assigned March 1947 to Naval Reserve Training at Oakland CA

  2. PARCHE AGSS-384
    Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS)
    Relieved of duty as Naval Reserve Training Ship 1969

    Struck from Naval Register November 8 1969
    Sold June 18 1970 for scrap
Parche SS384 Crest.jpg

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. Covers Page 1     (1946)



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

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Kittery ME


GregCiesielski Parche SS384 19430724 1 Front.jpg
JonBurdett parche ss384 19430724 cach.jpg

Launching, cachet by Wilfred R. (Bill) Cyr


Machine Postmark

Portsmouth, NH
"Navy Yard Br"


JohnGermann Parche SS384 19431120 1 Front.jpg



Locy Type F


JonBurdett parche ss384 19460630 pm.jpg
JonBurdett parche ss384 19460630.JPG



US Naval
Machine Postmark

Branch #10954

Pearl Harbor, TH


GregCiesielski Parche SS384 19460212 1 Front.jpg
GregCiesielski Parche SS384 19460212 2 Postmark.jpg

Cachet features a portrait of Commander L. P. Ramage, 1st CO of PARCHE and bears his hand-signed autograph
Add-on cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Other Information

PARCHE received the Presidential Unit Citation and five battle stars for her World War II service

Credited with sinking...
The 6475-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship SHORYU MARU, May 4 1944 west of Luzon Strait
The 5244-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship TAIYOKU MARU, May 4 1944 west of Luzon Strait
An Un-named Japanese Gaurdboat, June 24 1944 North Pacific Ocean
The 4471-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship MANKO MARU, July 29 1944 near the Bashi Channel
The 10238-ton Japanese Merchant Tanker KOEI MARU, July 29 1944 near the Bashi Channel
The 8990-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship YOSHINO MARU, July 29 1944 near the Bashi Channel
This was a shared kill with USS STEELHEAD SS-280
The 984-ton Japanese Army Cargo Ship OKINOYAMA MARU, February 7 1945 off the Ryukyu Islands
The 615-ton Japanese Minesweeper W-3, April 9 1945 off Honshu
The 302-ton Japanese Auxiliary Minesweeper TOGO MARU, April 11 1945 Off Honshu
The 265-ton Japanese Auxiliary Minesweeper MISAGO MARU No. 1, April 13 1945 near Todogasaki
The 302-ton Japanese Guardboat KOSHO MARU, April 13 1945 near Todogasaki
The 947-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship HIZEN MARU, June 21 1945 off Honshu
Two small Un-named Japanese vessels, June 22 1945 off Tsugaru Strait
Three small Un-named Japanese fishing vessels, June 23 1945 off Tsugaru Strait
The 2721-ton Japanese Auxiliary Gunboat KAMITSU MARU, June 26 1945 off Honshu
The 6903-ton Japanese Merchant Cargo Ship EIKAN MARU, June 26 1945 off Honshu

For his actions of July 31 1944 (Second War Patrol), Commander Lawson Paterson Ramage, CO of PARCHE, received the Medal of Honor

NAMESAKE - A small, gorgeously colored butterfly fish, known for its uncanny ability to swim in and around coral heads and reefs. The fish can find its way through the most intricate passages by swimming upside down or on its side.



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