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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.

    Tambor Class Submarine
    Keel Laid 28 August 1939 - Launched 21 May 1940

  1. USS TROUT SS-202
  2. Commissioned 15 November 1940
    SUNK 29 February 1944

    Japanese records examined after the war showed that destroyer IJNS ASASHIMO detected a submarine and
    dropped 19 depth charges February 29 1944 after sinking of SAKITO MARU by USS TROUT

    Declared lost 17 April 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 Trout SS-202 Covers Page 1    (1940-1941)



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 of Postal Service, cachet by Gow C. Ng


Locy Type
3 (A-BBT)



Keel Laying of USS Growler SS-215, Cachet by William F. Spader


Other Information

USS TROUT earned the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 11 Battle stars and the Philippine Defense Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Any of certain small, fresh-water fishes, highly esteemed by anglers for their gameness, their rich and finely flavored flesh and their handsome (usually mottled or speckled) coloration.

The ships sponsor was Mrs. Walter B. Woodson, wife of Rear Admiral Woodson, judge advocate general of the US Navy.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name TROUT - USS Trout SS-202 and USS Trout SS-566.



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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