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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 14 January 1936 - Launched 11 March 1937

    Commissioned 12 June 1937
    LOST, (Possible mine) 29 August 1943 off Japan

    Struck from Naval Register 12 January 1944

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 Pompano SS-181 Covers Page 1     (1937-1941, 1983)



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
3 (AC-BBT)



(Our First) Navy Day. Cachet by C. Wright Richell, sponsored by the Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS
Cachet features the entire PERCH class - USS Perch SS 176, USS Pickerel SS 177, USS Permit SS 178, USS Plunger SS 179, USS Pollack SS 180 and USS Pompano SS 181.


Locy Type 9v



On Piece


Locy Type 9x



On Piece


Other Information

USS POMPANO earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 7 Battle stars for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - One of the best of food fishes, living in the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America.

The submarines sponsor was Mrs. Isaac I. Yates, wife of Capt. Isaac I. Yates, USN.

Three ships of the US Navy have borne the name POMPANO - USS Pompano (1906 supply boat), USS Pompano SS-181 and USS Pompano SS-491 (canceled 1945).

One cutter of the US Coast Guard has borne the name POMPANO - USCGC Pompano WPB-87339



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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