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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.

    Perch Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 25 February 1935 - Launched 9 May 1936

  1. USS PERCH SS 176
  2. Commissioned 19 November 1936
    Scuttled 3 March 1942 between Java and Borneo on second patrol
            after depth charging by Japanese destroyers

    Entire crew (59 men) were captured by the Japanese.
    Six men died in captivity
    Fifty-three men were repatriated on 13 September 1945
    Struck from Naval Register 24 June 1942

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 Perch SS-176 Covers Page 1    (1937-1941)



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.

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



First Day in Commission. Add-on cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Locy Type
3r (AC-TTB)





Locy Type 9v


Marks on proof card


Locy Type 9x


Marks on proof card


Other Information

USS PERCH earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one battle star for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - A type of fresh-water spiny-finned fish belonging to the family Percidae

Two ships of the United States Navy have borne the name PERCH - USS Perch SS 176 and USS Perch IXSS 313

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Thomas Withers.



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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