S-31 SS 136

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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.

    S-18 Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 13 April 1918 - Launched 28 December 1918

  1. USS S-31 SS-136
    Commissioned 11 May 1922 - Decommissioned 11 October 1922
    Recommissioned 8 March 1923 - Decommissioned 7 December 1937
    Recommissioned 18 September 1940 - Decommissioned 19 October 1945

    Struck from Naval Register 1 November 1945
    Sold May 1946 for scrap - Scrapped July 1947

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 name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). 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 S-31 SS-136 Covers Page 1     (1928-1943)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. 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

2nd Commissioning 8 March 1923 to 7 December 1937


Locy Type
3 (B)





Official Business


Locy Type



3rd Commissioning 18 September 1940 to 19 October 1945


Locy Type




USPO Type 6

New London CT



Official Business - MAILGRAM


Locy Type
3 (BTT)


Division 9


Cachet by Richard Buchwald, sponsored by Argonauts Crew No. 24, ANCS. Cachet lists the submarines of Submarine Division 9 - USS S-30 SS-135, USS S-31 SS-136, USS S-32 SS-137, USS S-33 SS-138, USS S-34 SS-139, and USS S-35 SS-140.


Other Information

USS S-31 SS-136 earned the Yangtze Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal (with Sea Clasp), the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star and the World War II Victory Medal during her Naval career.

The ship's sponsor was Mrs. George A. Walker



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