This insignia, adopted in 1951-1952, was designed by the cartoonist Al Capp, and features his character "Lonesome Polecat." The tradition of the design concept dates back to the first USS WAHOO (SS-238), whose battle flag featured an Indian with a headdress with feathers for each Japanese ship she had sunk. The torpedo-tipped arrow ties the figure to the submarine force. Photographed in 1968.
Naval History and Heritage Command
Designed by Al Capp.
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