S-39 SS 144

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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 (Holland-type)
    Keel Laid January 14 1919 - Launched July 2 1919

  1. USS S-39 SS-144
    Commissioned September 14 1923
    LOST (grounding) August 13 1942 off Rossel Island in the Coral Sea

Naval Covers

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  1. Covers Page 1     (1929-32)



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.
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Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

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Locy Type
3s (A)



USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. C-13b



Official mail



San Francisco, CA


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"On Eternal Patrol". Cachet by Alton (Budd) M. Arrington


Ship's Marking


c 1935

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Beached March 4 1942. Hit by 3 Torpedoes from USS S-39 SS-144. Cachet by the Honolulu Stamp Company


Other Information

S-39 earned two battle stars for her World War II service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Yangtze Service Medal - China Service Medal - American Defense Service Medal (with Sea Clasp) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Defense Medal

Credited with sinking...
The 6500-ton Japanese Fleet Tanker ERIMO, March 4 1942 off Billiton Island



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