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WWII items

 Patrol Torpedo Boat Insignia


PT wool patch, was displayed using a pin (see right picture at top), UnUsed........inquire
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WW2 "PT" patches

Both came from the old "GREEN Collection" which was closed-out circa early-1950s

Left insignia with "PT", stains, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire

Right patch with insect, stains, scrapbook residue on back, unused.......inquire


SS  =  submersible ship



made in Japan, early-1950's, meaning of "BOO" unknow, UnUsed....(sold)
( minor puckering below his wrench )

( I assume this is for a submarine - I don't know when Destroyers/etc. lost that weapons system )
USS John Adams (SSBN-620), "WEAPONS"

Older insignia, UnUsed......inquire

USS Albacore (AGSS-569)

"PRAENUNTIUS FUTURI" = Forerunner of the Future

"EX SCIENTA TRIDENS" =  From Knowledge, Seapower

One site states the Yellow patch with the First Motto was used from 1953 - 1968????
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ACE Novelty label on back, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire
 USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608)

Commissioned August 8, 1961 - March 31, 1983


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Removed from Jacket - WELL MADE


RFU, never washed, Used....(sold)


"COM HOG PAC STAFFERS", 1960s style plastic backing with pigtail, UnUsed......inquire
( this style of plastic backing was used by the USAF circa 1966-68 )
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partial History - from a Veteran, circa 1960s:
"The ComHogPac patch is from the early to mid-60's when Archerfish was in WestPac (Western Pacific).
The patch was an "un-official" Ships Patch which represented one of our Crew's favorite activities on Liberty.... chasing the ladies (fondly referred to as Hogs). We had a couple of large picture albums on the Boat, Hog Log I and Hog
Log II, that contained pictures of the many, many, many young ladies, old ladies, and other females that Archerfish Sailors "shared time with" from around the world from 1960 to 1968. ......patch was created in recognition of those "pursuits".
We were an all bachelor crew - the ONLY all bachelor crew on any ship in the US Navy. The reputation of the Archerfish and Crew was legendary. Any time we visited a port, foreign or domestic, the "young lovelies" were literally lined up on the pier waiting for a chance to hook up with an Archerfish Crew Member.
Getting their picture added to Hog Log seemed to be considered an honor.
"ComHogPac" is a play on official names such as ComSubPac & etc. We of course were the STAFFERS."

( there is a book on the sub's History called "Gallant Lady: A Biography of USS Archerfish" )

( I have modified the above )
USS Archerfish (SSN-678)


USS Atule (SS-403)
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cheesecloth backing, Unused........inquire
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SS-403, Japan made


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
ReCommissioned 1951; DeCommissioned 1970
USS Barbel (SS-580)

Commissioned around 1958


"DEUS ET PATRIA", circa 1960s, UnUsed.......inquire
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Not much info on this sub
USS Bashaw (AGSS-241)

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Made by ACE Novelty Box 1374 Tokyo, Japan


ACE label on back, scrapbook residue on reverse, UnUsed......inquire
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AGSS-241, Japan made

Larger than the above patch


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Batfish (SSN-681)



In 1949 the designation was changed from a "SS" to "AGSS" ( auxiliary general submersible ship )


1950s era, Japan made, worn on a chambray work shirt, shows lots of wear, Used......inquire

( I turned-back some of the shirt material so you could see the Japanese construction )
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partial History
Commissioned May 20, 1944
first War Patrol August 23, 1944,
 received four battle stars and sank 4 x Japanese ships
Decommissioned in 1946;  Recommissioned in 1948
On August 12, 1949 the USS BAYA was redesignated as an AGSS
Decommissioned and stricken from the Naval List October 30, 1972
USS Birmingham (SSN-695)


minor stain below the "USS", UnUsed........inquire
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partial History
Commissioned December 16, 1978; Decommissioned/Stricken from Vessel Register December 22, 1997
Used in the film" The Hunt for Red October", hull number shown in the flick
USS Blackfin (SS-322), Japan made


USS Blueback (SS-581)
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Japan made patch


made in Japan, UnUsed......(sold)
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3506AZ - USS Blueback Plaque

SS-581 high-quality Wooden Plaque with a 6" cast disc (made of brass or etc.), Used..........inquire

(this is a heavy item - expect high mailing costs)
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partial History
USS Blueback was Commissioned October 15 1959; last non-nuclear powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy and the last to be Decommissioned after serving her country for 31 years. Blueback and her sister ships of the Barbel class utilized radical new concepts in post World War II submarine design, the most important being the teardrop hull and a single propeller.
SS-581 participated in Pacific Fleet operations including transiting of the Panama Canal. In September 1961 she set a record by traveling 5,340 miles from Yokosuka, Japan to San Diego entirely submerged)
USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641)



USS Carp (SS-338), made in Japan

The word "KOI" is written on lower-right above scroll


USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656)



USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625)

"PRESEREVATIO AB NATIO" = Preservation of the Nation

Commissioned February 20, 1964 - Decommissioned November 5, 1990

came from same Veteran

cut-edge(CE) white base material, UnUsed.....inquire

CE black backing material, UnUsed.....inquire

USS Croaker (SS-246), "8000 DIVES"

Served in the Pacific during WW2: she sank the Cruiser Nagara and 4 x Freighters, made in Japan


Japan made, UnUsed........inquire
USS Cubera (SS-347), made in Japan


USS Darter (SS-576)



USS Diodon (SS-349)


RFU( starched jacket ), scrapbook residue on back, Used.......inquire
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partial History
The USS Diodon (SS-349) a Balao-class sub, was named for Diodon (a porcupine fish).
Launched in 1945 by Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut; Commissioned in March 1946
 Participated in the Korean War effort; trained Canadian Air & Surface Forces; returned to Asia in 1954
Decommissioned in January 1971
USS Dogfish (SS-350)

Disney Design with Pluto,  Japan made


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Dolphin (AGSS-555)

In service from 1968 - 2007


USS Drum (SSN-677)



2 storage impressions on right side where it has been stored incorrectly, UnUsed.....inquire



Made in Japan, UnUsed.........inquire


U. S. made, circa late-1940s - early-1950s, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
originally named Chickwick; renamed Entemedor 24 September 1942 and launched 17 December 1944
Commissioned 6 April 1945; Decommissioned 10 December 1948
Recommissioned 24 October 1950
In 1952 she received GUPPY IIA modernization; placed in commission, in reserve, in February 1952
returned to active status 17 October 1952
Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register July 31 1972.
Transferred (sold) to Turkey in August 1973; Renamed TCG Preveze (S 345)
Decommissioned and struck from the Turkish Naval rolls in 1987
USS Gato (SSN-615)



Japan made, UnUsed......inquire
USS Grayback (SSG-574)

USS Grayback (LPSS-574), circa 1969 - 1989

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ACE Novelty Label on back, made in Japan


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
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USS Grayback (LPSS-574), circa 1969 - 1989

partial History LPSS-574 (Amphibious Transport Submarine)
Work began at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard circa November 1967 to Convert the Grayback from a guided missile submarine to an Amphibious Transport Submarine. Re-Classification to an LPSS occurred on 30 August 1968. The conversion heightened her sail by ten feet, added two auxiliary tanks to the forward end of the engine room (increasing the length of the boat by 12 feet), and converted the missile chambers to carry 67 troops and UDT/SEAL Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs).
In June 1972, the Grayback carried a team of Navy seals into the coastal waters of North Vietnam as part of Operation Thunderhead. This was the last attempt during the Vietnam War to rescue American POWs held in North Vietnam.

- - - -  excerpt from a Book by Kevin Dockery dealing with Operation Thunderhead - - - -
Following excerpt from this web site http://vietnamwarfromatoz.blogspot dot com/2011/01/operation-thunderhead-by-kevin-dockery.html
Operation Thunderhead: The True Story of Vietnam's Final POW Rescue Mission - and the Last Navy SEAL Killed in Country, by Kevin Dockery
Berkley Publishing Group, 2008
"In the last year of the Vietnam conflict, even as American troops were leaving for home, there were still those fighting for their lives: prisoners of war being held in the Communist north. There were two operations launched to rescue the POWs. One mission,-the le(g)endary Son Tay raid-was revealed to an astonished public. The other mission was classified as Top Secret for years.
This is the incredible true story of that almost-forgotten mission-Operation Thunderhead.
Among the personnel recruited for the mission was a select group of operators from both the US Navy SEALS and the Underwater Demolition Teams who knew that if they were captured, they would be killed, tortured, or more likely disappear forever into enemy hands. Also involved were the men of the submarine USS Grayback-who would deliver the team while trting to avoid being detected by their own Navy-and two SR-71 Blackbirds, the most secret aircraft in the American arsenal, which were used to make contact with the POWs themselves."


early patch for the LPSS-574 (designed to transport Special Operations Forces), UnUsed......inquire



plastic backing with pigtail, RFU (was handsewn to a jacket), probably never washed, Used......inquire


Japan made, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
Commissioned 7 June 1946; Decommissioned and struck from the US Naval Register; Transferred/sold  to Brazil in December 1973
Renamed Amazonas (S-16); Struck in October 1992;  scrapped in 2001

USS Greenling (SSN-614)


Large insignia, Unused......inquire

USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN 617), Used.......(sold)
USS Grenadier (SS-525), made in Japan


scrapbook residue on back, Unused......inquire
USS Groton (SSN-694)


"AROUND THE WORLD April - October 1980", Unused.....inquire

USS Flasher (SSN-613)

("249" hull number of the first ship named Flasher)

USS Guardfish (SSN-612)

USS FLASHER, UnUsed......(sold)

USS Guardfish "SSN 612 VIGILATE IN PACE ET BELLO", Used.......inquire
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partial History for the Flasher
( The USS Flasher (SS-249)  was officially credited with sinking more tonnage of Japanese shipping than any other Sub (100,230 tons = 24 vessels) and was the only submarine officially credited with exceeding the 100,000 ton mark )

partial History for the Guardfish
Commissioned December 20, 1966 - February 4, 1992
USS Gudgeon (SS-567)


USS Gudgeon, Japan made 1950s era 6.5" patch, RFU, fraying at top border, Used.......(sold)
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USS Gudgeon (SS-567), cheesecloth backing, UnUsed....inquire
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partial History
Commissioned November 21 1952 - Decommissioned January 31 1983
Sold to Turkey to serve as Hizir Reis (S-342)
USS Guitarro (SSN-665)

"Mare Island Mud Puppy" (see below)

Commissioned September 9, 1972 - Decommissioned May 29, 1992

Now listen here boys to a tale of Idiots drawing our Tax-Payer money
( taken from the pages of Wikipedia )
On 15 May 1969, Guitarro was moored in the Napa River at Mare Island Naval Shipyard while still under construction.
 At about 1600 hours, a civilian nuclear construction group began an instrument calibration assignment which required the filling of certain tanks, located aft of the ship's pivot point, with approximately five tons of water. Within 30 minutes, a different, non-nuclear civilian construction group began an assignment to bring Guitarro within a half-degree of trim; this entailed the adding of water to tanks forward of the ship's pivot point to overcome a reported two-degree up-bow attitude. Until shortly before 2000 hours, both groups continued to add water, unaware of each other's activities.
Twice between 1630 and 2000 hours, a security watch advised the non-nuclear group that Guitarro was riding so low forward that the 1 1/2' high wakes of boats operating in the Napa River were sloshing into an uncovered manhole in the most forward and lowest portion of the ship's deck; these warnings went unheeded. At 1945 hours, the non-nuclear group stopped adding water to the ballast tanks and began to halt work for their meal break, leaving at 2000 hours. At 1950 hours, the nuclear group completed their calibrations and began to empty the tanks aft.
At 2030 hours, both the nuclear group, still aboard, and the non-nuclear group, returning from their break, noticed Guitarro taking a sudden down angle which put the forward hatches underwater. Massive flooding took place through several large open hatches. Efforts between 2030 and 2045 hours to close watertight doors and hatches were largely unsuccessful because lines and cables ran through the doors and hatches, preventing them from closing. At 2055 hours, Guitarro sank earning her the nickname, "Mare Island Mud Puppy"
Guitarro was refloated three days later on 18 May 1969. Damages were estimated at between $15.2 million and $21.85 million.
The Guitarro had been scheduled to be commissioned in January 1970, but repairs necessitated by her sinking dictated a 32-month delay.
Finally Commissioned September 9, 1972.
Has anything changed - I think not - we just lost $535 million at SOLYNDRA.........not far from Mare Island.


USS GURNARD (SSN-662) "254"



USS Nathan Hale (SSBN-623)

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Ship's insignia and Anniversary patch


Made in Japan, 20th Anniversary of Naval Service 1963-1983, UnUsed......inquire

USS Halibut (SSGN-587)

circa 1960-65, made in Japan


Japan made, maker's mistake "SSCN" vice "SSGN", Unused......(sold)
USS Hammerhead  (SSN-663), made in Japan


scrapbook residue on back, Unused......inquire
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Commemorates North Pole Mission on November 20, 1970


Made in JAPAN, scrapbook residue on back, Unused......(sold)
USS Hammerhead (SSN-663)
USS Parche (SSN-683)

USS John Adams (SSBN-620), 1960s style with cheesecloth backing, 1964 - 1989, UnUsed...(sold)

(see note), 1970s style with plastic back, 1968 - 1995, UnUsed.......inquire

(see note),  "PAR EXCELLENCE", 1970s style with plastic back, 1974 - ?, UnUsed.....inquire

( From a Collection that was mounted on a Black fuzzy blanket(material), has material residue on the back,
can be pulled off with no harm to the patch, I removed some and it just takes time )
USS Harder (SS-568)



"SS-257 HIT'EM AGAIN HARDER", UnUsed......inquire
USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619)


Made in Japan, UnUsed.......inquire

USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)

"IMUA" = Hawaiian meaning "To move forward with confidence and courage"

tan cloth, UnUsed.......inquire

white cloth, Unused.......inquire

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partial History
Commissioned in 1965
Reclassified in 1992 as SSN-642 when the Ballistic Launching tubes were removed/etc.


Japan made, UnUsed.......inquire



older patch, UnUsed........inquire
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partial History
Commissioned September 16, 1959; Decommissioned December 1, 1983
USS Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644)


Commissioned December 22, 1965 - Decommissioned June 27, 1992

came from same Veteran

probably a very early patch, dark-stains, fine-mesh backing, UnUsed.....inquire

Japan made, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)

 USS Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602)


"Submarine U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Fleet Ballistic Submarine"


Commissioned 1961 - 1981, Large insignia, UnUsed.....inquire
USS Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685)

"The Lipscomb Fish"

Commissioned December 21, 1974 - Decommissioned July 11, 1990


long pigtail, UnUsed.......(sold)
USS Los Angeles (SSN-588), WESTPAC 1991


Large PI made patch, UnUsed.....inquire
USS James Madison (SSBN-627)


USS James Monroe (SSBN-622)



"POLARIS MONROE DOCTRINE", made in Japan, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Nautilis (SSN-571)


USS Oklahoma City (SSN-642)



USS Omaha (SSN-692)

smaller arrowhead patch with older plastic backing, UnUsed......inquire

USS Permit (SSN-594)

1962 - 1991

"SS-178", UnUsed.....inquire

USS Plunger (SSN-595)



"SS-2" and "SS-179", UnUsed......inquire
USS James K. Polk (SSBN-645)

Still mounted on the GEMSCO point-of-sale card which does NOT have a ZIP Code

I removed the staple to scan the reverse side - staple still in card if you want to remount


Large patch by GEMSCO, INC. of New York, Unused....inquire
USS Pollack (SSN-603)


1964 - 1988


RFU, Used.......inquire


DECOMMISSIONED at "M.I.N.S.Y." (Mare Island Naval Ship Yard)


SSN-603, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Pomfret (SS-391)


Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
USS Pomfret (SS-391) was commissioned February 19, 1944; sold to Turkey and struck from the US Naval Register August 1, 1973
USS Pomodon (SS-486)
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First GUPPY conversion in Pacific Fleet

The GUPPY upgrade was based on captured NAZI technology

Patches were found together

Large Japan made patch, has been on a uniform (RFU), Used......inquire

does not lay flat, made in Japan, UnUsed......inquire

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U.S. Submarine POMODON (SS-486), Japan made

"SUB SANS PEER" = A Sub without Equal(?)

Large Japan made patch, does not lay flat, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
USS Pomodon (SS-486), a Tench-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the Pomodon (a name for a Snapper).
Built by Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine; launched in June 1945; Commissioned September 11, 1945.
Joined Submarine Squadron 3 in San Diego, California, circa October 1945
Modified circa October 1946 - July 1947 with the FIRST GUPPY upgrade(Greater Underwater Propulsive Power Program) in the Pacific Fleet.
Underwent a further GUPPY Upgrade circa early-1951; sailed for Korean Waters in late-1951
Deployed many times to the Pacific to include some Serivce in Vietnam Waters; Stood-down in 1970 after 25 years of service.
USS Puffer (SSN-652)



USS Quillback (SS-424)

ACE Novelty Label on back, made in Japan


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire
USS Ray (SSN-653)

Named for a fish with a flat body, large pectoral fins, & a whip-like tail.


small patch, older very-crude merrowed-edge, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN-635)


Named after the former Speaker of the House who served from 1964 - 1989


border trimmed too-close aroung the 1700 area, UnUsed.......(sold)
USS Remora (SS-487), made in Japan


Depicts a Golden Buddha with a Red left eye, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686)


short-pigtail, UnUsed......inquire
USS Rock (AGSS-274)

Rare USS Nautilus (SSN 571), "THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY" "NORTH POLE", Bullion patch is from the August 3, 1958 North Pole Visit....(sold)

USS Rock "AGSS 274", Japan made, 1959-69 era, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659)

Commissioned circa 1966 - 1993


USS Ronquil (SS-396)

Was in the movie "ICE STATION ZEBRA"

In service from 1944-1971, Japan made, UnUsed.......inquire

Made in Japan, Unused.......inquire



USS Sand Lance (SSN-660)


USS Sandlance, early-1970s style of patch, UnUsed........inquire
USS Sargo (SSN-583), made in Japan

Commissioned circa 1958 - 1988


Japan made, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Scamp (SSN-588)

Commissioned from 1961 to 1988

RFU, Used......inquire

Japan made, Unused......inquire

USS Sculpin (SSN-590)

"VIDETE EOS PRIUS" = See Them First


made in Japan, in service from 1961 - 1990, UnUsed........inquire
USS Sea Devil (SS-400), made in Japan

Commissioned 1944 - 1964


USS Sea Devil (SSN-664)


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partial History
Commissioned January 30, 1969; Decommissioned October 16, 1991
USS Seahorse (SSN-669)


larger patch, UnUsed......inquire
USS Sea Owl (SS-405)

The Pogo comic strip's "HOWLAND OWL" is copyrighted by Walt Kelly (see mark near the owl's heel)

partial History of Pogo's "Howland Owl":
Howland Owl was the swamp's self-appointed leading authority on everything!
He wore Large-Frame glasses and in early years a "dunce" style wizard's cap with star and crescent moon.

( I was not able to find this USS Sea Owl design on the Internet )


been in two scrapbooks with residue from both on the back, UnUsed......inquire
USS Sea Poacher (SS-406)

 ACE Novelty Label on back, made in Japan


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire


U. S. made, late-1940s - early-1950s, UnUsed...inquire
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partial History
Commissioned August 7, 1944
Sank several Japanese ships
Decommissioned October 1, 1970
USS Seawolf (SSN-575)

Commissioned 1967-1987


"SS 197", UnUsed.......(sold)
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USS Seawolf, UnUsed......inquire
USS Shark (SSN-591), made in Japan

Commissioned 1961-1990


Large Japan made patch, UnUsed.....inquire


older U. S. made, UnUsed....inquire
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partial History
Commissioned in 1945; Decommissioned in 1972
USS Snook (SSN-592)

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Both made by ACE Novelty of Tokyo Japan

with ACE of Tokyo label, UnUsed.......inquire

made by ACE (no label), scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

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Made in Japan by ACE Novelty of Tokyo, Japan


same size as the larger patch above, ACE Label, has been repaired in the upper-left corner of the light-blue field, UnUsed.......inquire  
USS Sterlet (SS-392)

Named for the sterlet, a small sturgeon found in the Caspian Sea and its tributaries.
Their meat is considered delicious and whose eggs are one of the world's great delicacies, Caviar.


made in Japan, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
In Service 1944-1948 and 1950-1968
The USS Sterlet was awarded six battle stars for World War II service.
USS Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655)

Named for Henry L. Stimson (1867–1950) former Secretary of State and Secretary of War, Commissioned from 1966 to 1993


USS Sturgeon (SSN-637)

Commissioned 1967 to 1994


USS Sunfish (SSN-649)


Embroidered on felt with cheesecloth backing, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
A Sturgeon 637 Class nuclear Fast Attack submarine; keel laid down by Bethlehem Steel in Quincy, MA January 15, 1965
Launched October 14, 1966; Commissioned March 15, 1969; Decommissioned/Struck from Navy List March 31, 1997

(The first USS Sunfish SS-281 was a Gato class diesel submarine built by the shipyard at Mare Island in 1942)


made in Japan, RFU, Used......inquire
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partial History
Commissioned  September 15, 1958; Decommissioned June 2, 1989
USS Tang (SS-563), made in Japan by ACE

Commissioned 1951 to 1980


Large Japan made patch, UnUsed......inquire

( I have the mate to this one with the "ACE NOVELTY" label on reverse )
USS Thresher (SSN-593)

"VIS TACITA" = Silent Strength

USS Thresher 1961 - 1963

(see Official Naval history on the boat below)


made in Japan, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......(sold)
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partial History
USS Thresher (SSN-593), 1961-1963
 USS Thresher, lead ship of a class of 3700-ton nuclear-powered attack submarines, was built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine.
Commissioned in August 1961, she conducted lengthy trials in the western Atlantic and Caribbean areas in 1961 and 1962, providing a thorough evaluation of her many new technological features and weapons. After the completion of these test operations, Thresher returned to her builders for overhaul.

On 10 April 1963, after the completion of this work, Thresher began post-overhaul trials.
Accompanied by the submarine rescue ship Skylark (ASR-20), she transited to an area some 220 miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and started deep-diving tests.
As these proceeded, garbled communications were received by Skylark, indicating trouble aboard the submarine.
It gradually became apparent that she had sunk, taking the lives of 129 officers, crewmen, and civilian technicians.

After an extensive underwater search utilizing the bathyscaph Trieste, oceanographic ship Mizar, and other ships, Thresher's shattered remains were located on the sea floor, some 8400 feet below the surface. Deep sea photography, recovered artifacts and an evaluation of her design and operations permitted a Court of Inquiry to determine that she had probably sunk due to a piping failure, subsequent loss of power and inability to blow ballast tanks rapidly enough to avoid sinking. Over the next several years, a massive program was undertaken to correct design and construction problems on the Navy's existing nuclear submarines, and on those under construction and in planning. Following completion of this "SubSafe" effort, the Navy has suffered no further losses of the kind that so tragically ended Thresher's brief service career.

See more info on this link  http://www.history.navy dot mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm
USS Tiru (SS-416), made in Japan

Balboa Class submarine Commissioned 1948 - 1975


Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire
 USS Trigger (SS-564)

Commissioned 1952 to 1973; later served in Italian Navy as the Livio Piomarta (S-515)


Fine-mesh cheesecloth backing, UnUsed.....inquire
USS Tullibee (SSN-597)

"VENATOR-NECATOR" = Hunter-Killer

Left patch came in an opened-clear-plastic-bag which I believe is the original "point-of-sale" container.


Large insignia, gauze backing material, UnUsed.....inquire

Japan made, UnUsed.......inquire

USS Tunny (SSN-682)



USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658)


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partial History
Commissioned 1966; DeCommissioned 1995


Japan made, circa late-1940s - early-1950s, removed from a uniform, Used...(sold)

( apparently this patch was worn by the "XO" Joe Rian (not sure of spelling) )
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partial History
Commissioned October 1, 1948; Transferred to Italy in August 1972
USS von Steuben (SSBN-632)


USS Whale (SSN-638)

Commissioned 1968 - 1996


unusual construction, UnUsed.......inquire


On June 4, 1944 the Abnaki received orders to tow  a "Prize" to Bermuda;
it was the German U-Boat 505 which had been captured by Rear Admiral Daniel V. Gallery's Task Group 22.3 (USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60))


Older Japan made insignia, "AID THE FLEET" "TOWING" "SALVAGE" "FIRE FIGHTING" "DIVING", UnUsed....inquire
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partial History
Commissioned at the Charleston Navy Yard on 25 November 1943
Served in the Atlantic towing to and from Oran and other areas
Served in the Pacific from 1945 to 1978
Served in 3 Wars earning 10 Campaign Stars for Vietnam Service
She was decommission September 30, 1978 and was transferred to the Mexican Navy
renamed the Yaqui (A-18); later renamed Ehecatl (A-53)
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UI#140 - found with ABNAKI patch, looks NAVAL Aviation "AirCrew-4" or ?

( also on UI and Main Navy patch pages )
USS Aeolus (ARC-3)


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)

( stored in Gray cabinet )
USS Agerholm (DD-826)



RFU (was handsewn to jacket), been washed = puckered, Used......inquire
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partial History
USS Agerholm (DD-826) was a Gearing class destroyer; named for Private First Class Harold Crist Agerholm (1925–1944) 2nd Marine Division killed during the assault on Saipan; posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor
Commissioned June 20, 1946; Decommissioned December 1, 1978
Awarded four Battle Stars for Korean War service and eight for tours off  Vietnam
USS Ajax (AR-6)
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Made in Japan


Japan made, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire
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Sports Medallion, Named to the Sailor and Dated 1967, probably Japan made, Used.....inquire

USS Arkansas (CGN-4) Supply Dept, his name tape included, PI made, Used....(sold)
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partial History
Commissioned October 30, 1943; Decommissioned in San Diego December 31, 1986
USS Amphion (AR-13)


probably from the 1950s, UnUsed........inquire


Served from 1944 to 1971
A Fleet Tug (earlier Commissioned as AT-98 in 1944); participated in the D-Day and Okinawa landings, Korean War, and Vietnam, awarded 11 Battle Stars.


 made in Japan, UnUsed.....inquire
USS Arizona (BB-39)

Passing through the Mira Flores Locks of the Panama Canal

Photo circa 1921 - 1929....not for sale
3506BL - USS Ashtabula (AO-51)

 1946 Cruise Jacket

The color of this jacket is Dark Navy Blue - some of the pictures show it as faded = bad photographer.

Looks faded but it is DARK Navy Blue (Black)

3506BL - USS Ashtabula (AO-51) Western Pacific/Indian Ocean Hand-embroidered Tour Jacket, size small, Placenames visited: "Ceylon Hong Kong Arabia China Japan Singapore Guam Shanghai", a few moth holes(see picture below), Used......inquire

chest = 35
shoulder seam to seam = 16 1/2
sleeve = 30
back = 20
waist = 30


Moth holes are the yellow dots - largest one (on the backside of the left sleeve) is about 1/2" long
I think there are 5 holes,-one small one is not shown

 USS Atka (AGB-3)

Very unusual History, sailed under the U.S. & USSR Flags

Served in the USN & USCG as an Icebreaker
- - - -
Used USS Atka name from 1950 to 1966


early-to mid 1960s, removed from a uniform, probably washed, does not lay flat, Used.......inquire

( stored in Gray cabinet )
- - - -
partial History
Commissioned in 1944 as the USCGC Southwind (WAGB-280)
Transferred to Russia(USSR) in 1945 and renamed "Admiral Mararov"
Returned to U.S. control and Commissioned in the USN as the USS Atka (AGB-3) in 1950
Transferred to the CG in 1966 and reverted to it's original name USGCC Southwind

( excellent Web sites for history on this ship - use:  Copernic dot com )
USS Austin (LPD-4)

"POTESTAS MARITIMA PER MOBILITATE" = Seapower through Mobility

Commissioned February 6, 1965; Decommissioned September 27, 2006


Large patch, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Barney (DDG-6)


Very-fine mesh backing material, UnUsed......inquire

Served from 1956 to 1982


USS Begor (APD-127) Japan made

Knight on Seahorse, "Gray Ghost of The Korean Coast"

Interesting History, see on this link  www.ussbegor dot org


Large patch, UnUsed.......inquire
 USS Black (DD-666)


Vietnam Patrol 1965, Gulf of Tonkin, South China Sea, Que Nhon, Nha Trang, Cam Ranh Bay, Vung Tau, Japan made,  UnUsed.......inquire
- - - -
partial History
Commissioned 1943 - Decommissioned September 1969
At the beginning of 1955 she permanently returned to the Pacific and served in the 7th Fleet until 1969
Among her duties during this time were early participation in "Market Time" coastal patrol and interdiction operations & providing naval gunfire support for forces ashore and screening carriers as they took the war to the North Vietnamese enemy USS Black's last overseas cruise ended in July 1969


Served from 1957 to 1982


puckered in top (white twill) panel, residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
USS Brooke (FFG-1)


Large, "PRIMA ET OPTIMA", Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire

( stored in gray cabinet )



made in Japan, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......(sold)
USS Bushnell (AS-15)



USS Callaghan (DDG-994)

 "Intrepidity", UnUsed.....inquire
USS Camden (AOE-2)



Fast Combat Support Ship, UnUsed......inquire

commissioned April 1, 1967; Decommissioned October 1, 2005
USS Canopus (AS-34)


USS CANOPUS "TO SERVE READY FOR SERVICE" "POLARIS", cheesecloth backing, UnUsed.....inquire
- - - -


Served from 1957 to 1982


fine-mesh backing material, UnUsed.......inquire
- - - -
partial History
USS Canopus (AS-34) was Commissioned November 4, 1965, serving as a submarine tender with the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Powered Ballistic Missle Submarines (SSBN). During her 29 years of active service, she was based in Holyloch Scotland, Rota Spain, Charleston SC, & Kings Bay, GA. The USS Canopus was decommisioned in 1994
USS Caron (DD-970)

USS California (DLGN or CGN-36 era(?))

"VISION VICTORY VALOR", UnUsed but has soiling.........inquire

"Gunnery Division", Japan made, UnUsed.......inquire
USS California (CGN-36)
CVN-68, Nuclear Power Battle Group 1980 Indian Ocean
USS California-USS Nimitz-USS Texas
Listed on the Carrier page
USS Cavalier (APA-37), Japan made


long-serving Atack Transport, 14 Battle Stars in 3 x Wars, UnUsed......inquire
USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835)



- - - -

- - - -
partial History
Served from 1963 - 1979
USS Cleveland

USS Cleveland (LPD-7) "PROMRTUS ET PARATUS", WESTPAC 1980, probably PI made, UnUsed.........inquire
6670C - USS COCHRANE (DDG-21) Jumper with 'VIETNAM' Liberty Cuffs

UnCommon cuffs

Extremely bad pictures = dark blue is hard to shoot

6670C - USS COCHRANE (DDG-21) right shoulder ARC(Tab), “VIETNAM” Liberty Cuffs, Jumper made in a Tailor shop of lightweight material with the Sailor’s name embroidered on the label, TALON zipper on the left-side, 7-Ribbon Bar with 3-Campaign Stars (see picture), Quality material and workmanship, Used......(sold)

Chest = 42”+
Sleeve = 33”+
Back = 25”

( These Liberty Cuffs are UnCommon=I have never seen this design before )

USS Columbus (CG-12)


Commissioned as CA-74 from 1945 to 1959; Refitted and Commissioned as CG-12 from 1962 to 1975


large patch, UnUsed......inquire
USS Coontz (DDG-40)


USS Cromwell

USS Chambers (DER-391) "WATCHDOG OF THE NATION", UnUsed.....(sold)

USS Cromwell (DE-1014), 1954-71 era, soiled and puckered but looks UnUsed(?).......inquire
USS Currituck, AV-7

Seaplane Tender - WWII and Vietnam Service

large patch, scrapbook residue on back, puckered in the center above bird (from the factory),  UnUsed...inquire

( also on Carrier page )
- - - -
partial History
did the PI Invasion and later served in SEA until DeCommissioned October 31, 1967
USS Cushing (DD-985)


Cruised around South America from the West Coast Valpariso, San Juan, and Panama Canal


Taiwan maker's contract label on back, "DO" should read "DD", UnUsed.......inquire

USS Dahlgren (DDG-43)



A Cruise around South America & returned to the East Coast

Large patch, UnUsed......inquire

USS Dashiel (DD-659)


Large patch, minor storage stain on upper-left border area, UnUsed......inquire
USS DeHaven (DD-727), made in Japan

Found with early-mid-1950s VF-121/154 patches


Crow in a sailor's jumper and cap with a 'D' on the front, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Deliver (ARS-23)

with arc, looks 1960s(?), Used...........inquire

USS DuBuque (LPD-8) "OUR COUNTRY: HERITAGE & FUTURE", soiling..........(sold)
USS Duncan (FFG-10)

"Vigilant and Swift", UnUsed..........inquire
USS Elliot (DD-967)



Shellback patch, UnUsed....inquire

USS Erben (DD-631), made in Japan

Found with early-mid-1950s VF-121/154 patches


Large Japan made insignia, UnUsed......inquire
- - - -
partial History
Commissioned 1943 - 1958; 10 x Battle Stars
Sold and Redesignated Korean Navy "ROKS Chungmu (DD-911)"
USS Esteem (MSO-438)


minor puckering, no stitch holes, UnUsed........inquire
USS Fechteler II (DD-870)


Large patch - Japan made


light storage stains, puckering around 1400 on the border area(from the tailor shop), UnUsed.....(sold)
- - - -
partial History
Launched in 1945, served for 2 combat tours in the Far East, stricken from the Navy in 1970
USS Fife (DD-991)



Larger patch, RFU, minor soiling/scuffing on front, scrapbook residue on back, Used.........inquire
USS Firm (MSO-444), Operation Market Time circa April 1965

Ocean-Going Mine Sweeper, Flagship of Mine Division-72


Made in Japan, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Force (MSO-445), Operation Market Time circa April 1965


From same Grouping as USS Firm, Mine Division-72, and HU-1 UNIT-7 patches


Ocean-Going Mine Sweeper with Mine Division-72, made in Japan, UnUsed.......inquire
 USS Ford (FFG-54)

Plankowner's Coffee Cup

"TENACIOUS" Plankowner, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Fulton (AS-11)

A Submarine Tender that served from 1941 to 1991


older patch, UnUsed......inquire
USS Gallant (MSO-489)



probably 1950s era, RFU, Used......inquire
- - - -
partial History
After Commissioning (circa 1954-55) she Operated in the Pacific
Gallant's second tour with the 7th Fleet (August 1959-March 1960) again included training with the Republic of Korea Navy. While operating out of the Philippines, she participated in joint readiness operations with the navies of SEATO nations. She returned to Long Beach in March 1960 and spent the next 12 months in a training schedule with the Mine force of the 1st Fleet that carried her as far north as Ketchikan, Alaska.
Service during her third deployment in the Far East (August 1961-April 1962) once again included fleet readiness defense exercises with the navies of Southeast Asia. In addition, she patrolled the coast of South Vietnam and provided valuable service during training operations of the South Vietnam Navy. Returning to the West Coast on 20 April 1962, she resumed duty out of Long Beach; and during the next 15 months participated in fleet maneuvers and mine squadron exercises off southern California.
Departing Long Beach on 12 August 1963, Gallant steamed on her fourth deployment to the troubled Far East, where she arrived Sasebo, Japan, on 23 September. There, she resumed peace-keeping operations with the 7th Fleet; and, during readiness patrols in Far Eastern waters, she cruised from the coast of South Korea through the East China and South China Seas to the coast of Southeast Asia. She departed WestPac in the spring of 1964, and after additional training in hunting mines, sailed for blockade and coastal patrol duty off Vietnam. Arriving off the southern coast of South Vietnam on 1 October 1965, she joined "Operation Market Time", designed to control coastal infiltration of men and supplies by the Viet Cong. Throughout the remainder of the year, Gallant boarded and searched suspicious Vietnamese boats.
She supported "Market Time" operations until 9 March 1966 when she departed for the United States. Steaming via the Philippines, Guam, and Pearl Harbor, she arrived Long Beach on 28 April. During the remainder of the year, she operated along the West Coast from Long Beach to Portland, Oregon, to maintain her fighting capabilities and operational readiness.
Decommissioned 29 April 1994 and sold to Taiwan September 8, 1994; Renamed Yung Ku (M 1308).
USS GARCIA (DE-1040 later FF-1040)

Commissioned as a DE in 1964; ReClassified as a FF in 1975; DeCOMM in 1988


Printed (silkscreened?) on Felt, ("150" on tape is probably the price or design number), has damage on the bottom(see the horizontal line), UnUsed.....inquire
USS Garrett County (AGP-786) (formerly LST-786)

Served as a Patrol Craft Tender in the Brown Water Navy in the Mekong Delta
HAL-3's DETs 3 and 6 assigned to the Garrett County.
Listed on Brown Water Navy page/section
USS Greenwood (DE-679)


USS Greenwood (DE-679), pre-1967, UnUsed......inquire
Commissioned 25 September 1943  -  Decommissioned:20 February 1967
3506BF - USS Gurke (DD-783)

Ship named in honor of Marine Raider PFC Henry Gurke posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor

heavy ship's Plaque, 7 3/4"(vertical) and 1/2" thick, shows no wear, some patina, Used.....(sold)

( this is a heavy plaque so expect a stiff shipping fee )
USS Halyburton (FFG-40)

Named after Medal of Honor Pharmacist's Mate William David Halyburton, 5th Marine Regiment

Line of Death in the Gulf of Sidra, Libya 1986


Spring Break, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Francis Hammond (DE-1067)


pre-1975 insignia


- - - -
partial History
Commissioned at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California July 25, 1970
Reclassified as a frigate (FF-1067) June 30, 1975; Decommissioned July 2, 1992
USS Hawkins (DD-873)



Was handsewn to a jacket, improper storage = will not lay flat (possibly a press job would fix that?), NEVER washed, Used......inquire
USS Hermitage (LSD-34)


Commissioned in 1956, looks like an early patch, RFU, Used.......inquire

decommissioned in 1989 and became the Brazilian ship Ceara
USS Higbee (DD-806)



Japan made, puckered at border from washing, Used......inquire

Spanish-American War era

click on picture for details
USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)


Commissioned in 1961, UnUsed.....inquire
USS Kirk (DE-1087)

In April 1975 the Kirk participated in Operation Eagle Pull (evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cambodia) and Operation Frequent Wind (evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam)
After Operation Frequent Wing the Kirk Escorted RVN Navy ships loaded with Vietnamese refugees to the Philippines

pre-1975 insignia


- - - -
partial History
USS Kirk Commissioned September 9, 1972; Reclassified a frigate (FF-1087) in 1975; Decommissioned August 6, 1993
Leased to Taiwan; Renamed Fen Yang (hull # 934); Purchased by the ROC September 29, 1999
USS KOELSCH (DE-1049 & FF-1049)



USS KOELSCH (DE-1049), UnUsed.....inquire
- - - -
FF-1049, post-June 30, 1975


- - - -
partial History
Commissioned June 10, 1967  -  Decommissioned May 31, 1989
Named after a Medal of Honor recepient LTJG Koelsch for action in Korea
Reclassified FF-1049 30 June 1975
Leased to Pakistan; Recommissioned as the Siqqat
USS Interceptor (YAGR-8)

USS Long Beach (CGN-9)

USS Lester (DE-1022)

USS Interceptor (YAGR-8), in RADRON-One circa 1955-58(?), UnUsed.....inquire

USS Kankakee (AO-39), Japan made, Unused......(sold)

USS Long Beach (CGN-9) "STRIKE HARD-STIKE HOME", Used(?).........inquire

USS Lester (DE-1022) "PRIDE EFFICIENCY LOYALTY", older looking, UnUsed.....inquire

see a USS Long Beach "MIG KILL" patch below

USS Laws (DD-558)

ship commissioned in WWII and circa 1951-1964



2 x Red Stars for MIG Kills in Vietnam, 1968

Anti-Aircraft TALOS TALOS Surface-to-Air-Missile (SAM)


made in Japan, Unused....(sold)

I think the USS Long Beach also got a MIG on one of their previous Gulf of Tonkin Tours
USS MacDonough (DDG-39)


"GM"= Gunner's Mate

DDG-39's ship's Insignia in upper-left


 Large insignia "GM" "MAIN BATTERY", scroll puckered from maker's shop, made in Japan, Unused....inquire
USS Maddox (DD-731)

famous for the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in August of 1964


Japan made patch, small clear-glue spot near the sub's conning tower, UnUsed.......inquire
- - - -
partial History
On July 31, 1964 the USS Maddox started a routine patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin Gulf; this routine patrol lead to the Bombing of NVN facilities.
On August 2nd the Maddox cruising in international waters was closed and attacked by 3 x NVN Navy Torpedo Boats.
Two of the Commie boats were put-out-of-action with direct hits.
The attack was assumed to have been in error; but on 4th the Maddox and the USS Turner Joy (DD-951), which had joined the Maddox, were again attacked.
Retaliatory airstrikes on NVN patrol boat bases and associated depots commenced immediately.
USS Madera County (LST-905)


USS Madera patch and ZIPPO given to Baseball Commissoner Bowie Kuhn on a WESTPAC Trip while visting Servicemen

scanned at 300dpi

patch made in Japan, UnUsed......inquire

ZIPPO dated 1968, has spots on the surface, UnUsed.......inquire

Bad scan on the ZIPPO, the LST has all the paint remaining - LIghter was never used.

- - - -
partial History
LST-905 Commissioned January 20, 1945; Decommissioned September 11, 1946
Renamed: USS Madera County (LST-905) July 1, 1955; Recommissioned March 30,  1963; Decommissioned; 1969; Struck September 15, 1979
1 battle star for World War II Service; 10 campaign stars for Vietnam
Leased to the Philippines November 1969 and Renamed RPS Ilcos Norte (LT-87); Later sold to the PI; Fate Unknown
USS Magoffin (APA-199), made in Japan

Large patch, looks like a "winged" Snoopy Dog on the shield; he is also on the Earth & Anchor with an "M" on his chest


Large Japan made patch, UnUsed......inquire
- - - -
partial History
USS Magoffin (APA 199), Launched October 4, 1944 by Kaiser Shipbuilding Company Vancouver, Washington; Commissioned October 25, 1944
Participated in the Okinawa landings April 1, 1945; during the battle for Okinawa, Magoffin, the first ship in Transport Division 54 to be unloaded, assisted in shooting-down 2 Japanese aircraft; after Okinawa she carried men and cargo between the U.S. and Western Pacific bases until the following spring; On March 10, 1946 she reported to the 19th Fleet in San Francisco, California for Inactivation; Decommissioned August 14, 1946.
Reactivated for Korean War; Recommissioned October 4, 1950 and participated in the Korean War effort.
In August 1954 arrived at Haiphong, (now North Vietnam) to carry refugees to Saigon during “Operation Passage to Freedom”; arrived at San Diego November 21, 1954;
Participated in Nuclear Testing in the Pacific;  carried Troops to the Persian Gulf region to provide support to the British and American forces sent into Jordan and Lebanon.
In August 1964 she was heading to San Diego after completing a tour but was ordered back to Okinawa to pickup troops and transport them to Vietnam as a result of the USS Maddox incident in the Gulf of Tonkin; transported troops/cargo, pulled Coastal Operations, patrol, and other missions for the SEA effort.
Returned to San Diego December 9, 1967 for Inactivation; Decommissioned April 10, 1968 and anchored in Suisun Bay, California as a Reserve ship; Redesignated LPA-199 January 1, 1969.
She received 7 Battle/Campaign Stars for Okinawa, Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)

USS MacDonough (DLG-8), circa 1961-73, UnUsed..........(sold)


USS Mullinnix (DD-944) "NO ESCAPE".....(sold)
USS John S. McCain (DDG-36)



Was handsewn to a uniform, Used......inquire
- - - -
partial History
Originally designated DD-928; Reclassified in 1951; Launched by Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, Maine July 12, 1952
Commissioned October 12, 1953 as DL-3; ReClassified circa 1967 as DDG-36
( anyone know precise history on the ReClassifications/Designations? )
USS Milwaukee (AOR-2)

cheesecloth backing, UnUsed......inquire

USS Edson (DD-946), removed from jacket, will not lay flat, Used......(sold)

( the USS EDSON was part of the  SS Mayaguez rescue   )
USS Missouri (BB-63)

"STRENGTH FOR FREEDOM", UnUsed....inquire
3506AF - USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)



3506AF - Loose-Medium, worn 1-2 times, tailor shop tag still attached to the waist knit,near-new Used Condition.......inquire

USS MARS "The Number One Attack Food Ship"Japan made, Unused.....inquire

USS NECHES, WWII veteran, served in RVN, UnUsed.....(sold)

- - - -
partial HIstory of USS MARS
Commissioned December 1, 1963;  Decommissioned, February 1, 1993
received 11 Battle Stars for RVN service
Then placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Mars (T-AFS-1)

partial HIstory of USS NECHES
Commissioned 16 September 1942
still operating off Vietnam in 1968; I can find no record of decommissoning
USS Nashville (LPD-13)

cheesecloth backing, UnUsed........inquire

USS Preble (DDG-46), UnUsed........(sold)
USS Neosho (AO-143)



USS New (DD-818)

USS New Jersey (BB-62), Gun Turret "3"

USS New (DD818) "ANYTHING-ANYTIME-ANYPLACE", in use until 1975, UnUsed........inquire

USS New Jersey (BB-62), "NOS ILLIGITIMI CARBORUNDUM", Japan made, staple stain at top, Unused...........inquire

(I think this is a patch from BB-62's Vietnam Gunline deployment in 1968-69)
(If someone knows the history of this patch, let me know)
USS Newport News (CA-148)



1960s Heavy-Cruiser insignia, was in the 2nd Fleet 1962 - 74, RFU, puckered-will not lay flat, Used.......inquire
- - - -
partial History
Commissioned 1949 - served in SEA - DeCommissioned 1975
Largest Cruiser when commissioned - lead 2 raids on Haiphong Harbor
USS New Jersey (BB-62)

"FIRE POWER FOR FREEDOM", removed from a jacket, Used.......inquire
USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)

does not lay flat, UnUsed....(sold)

"FS3" "Mobile Support for Sea Power", "bullion gold thread", pre-1994 patch, UnUsed...inquire

USS Okinawa, LPH-3

 Apollo-15 Recovery Mission

Was stapled to point-of-sale-card, I removed the staple to scan it and to prevent rust marks in the future


Uncommon to find on the card, expensive, Unused.......(sold)
USS Patterson (FF-1061)


commissioned 1975 - 1991, Unused......inquire
- - - -

pigtail, Unused.....inquire


In service circa 1964 - 1981


Large insignia, residue on back, bottom of arc has been trimmed-short, UnUsed......inquire
USS Philip (DD-498), Yankee Station circa 1964


From same Family Grouping as HU-1, UNIT-7 and USS Firm & Force


patch circa 1962-68, Made in Japan, Unused......inquire
USS Perkins (DD-877)

USS Pigeon (ASR-21)

USS Providence (CLG-6)

USS Perkins (DD-877) "Destroyer", probably 1960s, Used.......inquire

USS Pigeon (ASR-21) "RESCUE DIVING SALVAGE", scrapbook residue, looks old, UnUsed.....inquire

USS Providence (CLG-6), Japan made, UnUsed......inquire
USS Pledge (MSO-492)



made of the "pebble" material, puckered at the factory=will not lay flat, UnUsed.....inquire
USS William V. Pratt (DDG-44)


Japan made, Unused.....inquire
USS Proteus (AS-19) Submarine Tender



- - - -
partial History
Commissioned January 1944; DeCommissioned September 1947
Commissioned July 1960; DeCommissioned September 1992
Commissioned/ReClassified as IX-518 in 1994; DeCommissioned September 1999

September was not a good month for this ship.
USS Pursuit (AGS-17)

AGS, Always Going Somewhere

Classified (AGS-17) circa 1951 - 1960


U.S. made older patch with the Roadrunner traveling the Earth, UnUsed......inquire
- - - -
partial History
USS Pursuit (AM-108) a minesweeper Commissioned April 30, 1943; Decommissioned on April 30, 1947
Recommissioned February 15, 1950; Reclassified as a Surveying Ship (AGS-17) August 18, 1951; serving as a survey ship until DeCommissioning June 30, 1960


Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire
- - - -
partial History
Originally a Maritime Commission ship from WWII
Commissioned by the Navy as Regulus (AF-57) February 3, 1954
decommissioned September 10, 1971
USS Renshaw (DDE-499)
ZIPPO Picture -  Six
Grouping from a Pilot that flew from the USS Saint Paul, pre-1955
scanned at 300dpi

( see lighters on the General Gear Lighter section )
USS Rochester

HONG KONG Police - 1957

Large - Japan made

dated November 1957, for Joint Patrol with the HK Police(?), puckering from maker's shop and stained from storage, UnUsed.....Inquire
USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5)

( Formerly the USS Biddle )

USS Saint Paul (CA-73)



Served five tours on the Gun-Line until Decommissioned in 1971, Unused....inquire
- - - -
partial History of the USS Ricketts
Commissioned as the USS Biddle (DD-955) May 5, 1962
Redesignated USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5 July 28, 1964 in honor of Admiral Claude V. Ricketts who had died July 6, 1964
USS Roanoke (AOR-7)


Large, "Dedicated to Service", 1970s(?), UnUsed.......inquire
(Commissioned 1976; Decommissioned 1995)

Large USS Wabash (AOR-5) "Merita Trans Mare", 1970s patch(?), UnUsed.....(sold)
(Commissioned 1971; Decommissioned 1994)

USS Rupertus (DD-851)



does not lay flat, Unused........inquire
USS Rushmore (LSD-14)



Landing Ship Dock(LSD-14), scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
- - - -
partial History
Landing Ship Dock Rushmore departed Norfolk on 5 August 1944 for the Pacific where she participated in four amphibious landings: the Battle of Leyte in October 1944; of Palawan in February 1945; of Mindanao in March 1945; and of Tarakan, Borneo, in May 1945.
Rushmore entered Leyte Gulf early in the morning of 20 October, and after discharging her LCMs from her boat well in one of the first waves to hit Yellow Beach near Dulag, Leyte, acted as repair ship for damaged landing craft. At Palawan on 28 February 1945, she landed Army-manned LCMs and other craft loaded with personnel and equipment of the 167th Field Artillery of the U.S. 8th Army. At Mindanao she carried a record 867 men for a 10 March landing on a beach north of Zamboanga City.
For the invasion of Tarakan on 1 May, Rushmore carried U.S. Army-manned LCMs loaded with Australian troops and light tanks. The Australian troops were a battalion of the famed "Rats of Tobruk" which had helped to chase German General Erwin Rommel out of Africa. During this landing, Rushmore was hit by a Japanese torpedo fired from the beach, which fortunately glanced off her hull without exploding or causing damage.
Returning to the Philippines, Rushmore loaded a 137-foot Japanese submarine which she carried to San Francisco to serve as a display to help sell war bonds. In the United States from 2 June to 27 June, Rushmore next carried landing craft from base to base in the South Pacific and was in Pearl Harbor when the war ended.
After the war, Rushmore operated in the Far East, particularly in occupied Japanese waters.
Decommissioned August 16, 1946 and Mothballed in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Recommissioned at Charleston, S.C., September 21, 1950, to begin a period of Atlantic Fleet service. Her next ten years included Caribbean exercises, Reserve cruises, a Mediterranean cruise, and regular Arctic trips to resupply the DEW Line bases. Rushmore was present for ceremonies at Istanbul, Turkey, in May 1954 on the occasion of the return of various small lend-lease vessels from the USSR. Rushmore returned these ex-Soviet Navy vessels to the United States.

Decommissioned September 30, 1970 and Transferred to the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet, at Fort Eustis on the James River, in February 1971. Used as a Target ship and Sunk April 16, 1993.
USS Sacramento (AOE-1)



Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire
USS Shadwell (LSD-15)


Fine-mesh backing material, Unused......inquire
USS Simon Lake (AS-33)

USS Texas (CGN-39)

circa1960s, UnUsed......inquire
( another Simon Lake listed below )

 formerly (DLGN-39), Guided Missile Cruiser (Virginia Class), 1977 - 1993, UnUsed......inquire
 USS Skagit (AKA-105)

Attack Cargo Ship


pre-1969 era, Japan made, UnUsed....inquire

Commissioned May 1945; service in Korean and SEA Wars; Redesignated LKA-105 January 1, 1969

In Service 1952 - 1970

( I think this is a 1950s Era Patch )


residue on back, Unused.......inquire
USS Somers (DDG-34)

"Posthumously" awarded the Combat Action Medal in 1999 for action on the SEA Gun Line



ReCommissiioned as DDG-34 in February 1968 - Decommissioned November 1982
USS Southerland (DD-743)


Commissioned DD-743; Redesignated DDR-743 March 18, 1949; Redesignated DD-743 in 1964


Redesignation patch dated 1964, UnUsed....inquire

Served from 1944 to 1973; participated in: First Raid on Japan after the Doolittle Mission and Landings on Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Korean War
Both patches from the same collection/grouping

Residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

Larger patch, residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

USS Sperry (AS-12)


3" Japan made, UnUsed........inquire
USS L. V. Spear (AS-36)


Submarine Tender, UnUsed....inquire
USS Texas (CGN-39)
CVN-68, Nuclear Power Battle Group 1980 Indian Ocean
USS California-USS Nimitz-USS Texas
Listed on the Carrier page
USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG-27)



- - - -
partial History
The USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG-27) a guided-missile frigate, was named for Vice Admiral Mahlon Street Tisdale (1890-1972); Commissioned November 27, 1982; Decommissioned September 27, 1996; Stricken from the List in February 1998; Transferred to Turkey April 5, 1999 as the TCG Gökçeada (F 494).
USS Tutuila (ARG-4), Master-at-Arms with a Whip
"Big Daddy Roth" style patch - made in Vietnam
Supported Operation Market Time and other jobs in the RVN
(Listed on Brown Water Page/SECTION)
USS Vammen (DE-644), Escort Squadron-9


From the same Family Grouping as: HU-1, UNIT-7, USS Firm, USS Force, USS Philips, USN Magazine Subic Bay, and etc.


CORT-RON-NINE (Escort SQDN-9), made in Japan, damage to the left-border of the ARC from the maker's shop, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Simon Lake (AS-33)

USS Vesole (DD-878) circa WW2 pin

USS Vesole (DDR-878) pre-1964 patch

USS Savage (DER-386), 4 names written on front, stricken in 1975, Unused.....(sold)

USS Simon Lake (AS-33), looks 1960s, UnUsed......inquire
( another Simon Lake listed above )

USS Vesole (DDR-878), pre-1964 insignia, Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam duty, Unused.......inquire
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USS Vesole (DD-878)

Probably WWII vintage, stamped "800" silver with a "II F" hallmark; many details on the superstructure

Well made, Used.......inquire

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USS Vesole partial History
Laid down by Consolidated Steel of Orange Texas July 3, 1944; Launched December 29, 1944; Commissioned April 23, 1945
In 1964 DDR-878 was converted to DD-878(?most web sites do not list this conversion; however many list the "DDR" in their web page header?)
USS Vesole did Market Time duty in Vietnamese waters; earned two battle stars for her service in SEA
Decommissioned and stricken December 1, 1976
USS Vancouver (LPD-2)

Asian made, UnUsed..........inquire

USS Archerfish (AGSS-311......(moved to submarine section)  
USS Waddell (DDG-24)

USS Waddell (DDG-24) "SEMPER CONFIDENS", Japan made, UnUsed.......(sold)

"BAD TO THE BONE" "THE WARSHIP", decommissioned in 1992, UnUsed........(sold)
USS Waccamaw (AO-109)

"Primus Inter Pare"
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Very-Large AO-109 Patch

Made by the  Keezer Mfg. Co., made in New Hampshire

I could not find this insignia on the Internet - probably UnCommon


Moth holes, glue/scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire
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Large Patch



Served from 1945 to 1972
Decommissioned at Subic Bay after being severely damaged in fighting off North Vietnam

Residue on back, UnUsed......inquire
USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41)


older plastic backing with short-pigtail, UnUsed.......inquire
USS Wiltsie (DD-716)


Commemorates attack by a North Korean Shore Battery, circa 1953

Large Japan made circa 1953, UnUsed......(sold)

( stored in site done box )

( see history on this link:  http://en.wikipedia dot org/wiki/USS_Wiltsie_(DD-716) )

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Large patch made in Japan


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partial History
Commissioned January 12, 1946
DD-716 received 9 Battle Stars for the Korean War and 7 for Vietnam
Helped evacuate the Chinese Mainland when the CHINATs were kicked-out
Served on the "Gun-Line" many times during the Korean and Vietnam Wars
 DeCommissioned January 23, 1976; sold to the Pakistan Navy and renamed: Tariq(D.165) and later Nazim serving as the Flagship for their Navy
USS Winston (AKA-94)

redesignated LKA-94


Japan made, "Attack Cargo Ship", UnUsed......(sold)
USS Wichita (AOR-1)





Commissioned 1944 and served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam; Decommissioned 1970


Gorilla with a fresh supply of ammunition, RFU, (never washed), Used........inquire
USS Wright (CC-2)
(Formerly CVL-49 and AVT-7)

"VOX IMPERII" = Voice of the Leaders

Served as a Emergency Command and Communications ship in the event of a NUKE Showdown during the Cold War


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partial History
USS Wright (CC-2) 1963-1980.
USS Wright, a command ship, was originally Commissioned in February 1947 as aircraft carrier USS Wright (CVL-49)
She was Decommissioned at Puget Sound March 15, 1956 and placed in the Reserve Fleet
During her time in reserve she was Reclassified May 15, 1959 as a Auxiliary Aircraft Transport (AVT-7); she  remained Inactive until March 15, 1962; then taken to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for conversion to a command ship and reclassified as (CC-2) circa September 1962
Recommissioned circa May 1963; operating in the eastern Pacific until late 1963, then transited via the Panama Canal to begin service with the Atlantic Fleet
Served as an Emergency Command post, ready to take aboard U.S. political and military leaders in the event of a threatened nuclear conflict
Performed communications services, including supporting President Johnson's South American visit in April 1967
Decommissioned in May 1970; Sold for scrap in July 1980

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USS Stickleback (SS-415)
First Commissioned March 29 1945; last time Recommissioned June 26 1953
Sank off Hawaii on May 30 May 1958 while under tow after collision with USS Silverstein (DE-534)
The entire crew was taken off prior to sinking
"PEARL HARBOR.TH" Japan made, pre-May 1958 era, RFU, border fraying on top-edge, Used..(sold)
( "TH" =  Territory of Hawaii = The Hawaiian Islands )
USS Park County (LST-1077)
Japan made
USS Los Angeles (CA-135) "NON SIBI SED PATRIAE", 6.75" Japan made, possbile late-1950s(?), UnUsed......(sold)
6781 - USS Triton (SSN-586)
UI Missile, Sub, & Trident patch, gauze backing, some puckering but looks UnUsed...(sold)

USS Bagley - Rare patch for Gulf Action
Operation Praying Mantis - Persian Gulf
1-day action against the Iranian Navy in 1988
Part of Surface Action Group Charlie (SAG)
USS Bagley (FF-1069) & PI made patch commemorating FF-1069's shootout with the Iranian Navy on April 18 1988 while protecting Kuwaiti Tankers, Sold as a Pair ONLY,  RFU (cruise jacket),  Used.....(sold)
( Back of the cruise jacket and his first name go with this patch Group )
see this link for story: http://home.pacbell dot net/spudman/Operation_Praying_Mantis.htm
USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), used.......(sold)
USS Butte (AE-27)..............(sold)
USS Chehalis
Patrol Gunboat-94
USS Chehalis "MORE THAN OUR SHARE", U.S. made, RFU, Used.....(sold)
Commissioned 1969 - Decommissioned 1976
Used as a High-Speed Destroyer Escort
Renamed the Athena and used as a research ship
USS Corry (DDR-817)
1954 - 1964 era
"PAX ET PATRIE", RFU, Used.....(sold)
USS Fox (DLG-33) "FAIRE SANS DIRE", gauze backing, Used.........(sold)
USS Eaton (DD-510) "IN OMNIA PARATUS".......(sold)
USS Noble (APA-218)
(Large - Japan made)
1950s - early 1960s, 6 1/8", UnUsed.......(sold)
Haskell class Attack Transport, built at Permanente Metals, Richmond, California; commissioned 27 November 1944;
Decommissioned 1 July 1964; entered the Mare Island Naval Shipyard for preparation for transfer to Spain under the Mutual Assistance Program; transfer ceremony ocurred 19 December 1964 at San Francisco
USNS Vandenberg (T-AGM-10)
Missile Range Instrumentation Ship, UnUsed....(sold)
partial History
The USNS General Harry Taylor (T-AP-145) was transferred to the U.S. Air Force July 15, 1961 and renamed USAFS General Hoyt S. Vandenberg June 11, 1963
On July 1, 1964 the USAF returned control of the ship to the Navy and was re-designated T-AGM-10 (Missile Range Instrumentation Ship)
Conducted missile and spacecraft tracking duties in the Atlantic and Pacific until 1983; stricken from the Naval Register April 29,1993
Scenes from the movie "Virus" were shot onboard in the late-1990s; being substituted for a Russian ship
She was to be used as an artificial reef by the State of Florida
"TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE WORLD",  circa early-1950s, UnUsed......(sold)
(Commissioned DLG-23 in 1963, Reclassified CG-23 1975, Decommissioned 1994)
USS Schofield (FFG-3)
small stain in center of bottom-left quadrant, UnUsed....(withdrawn - top arc has been cut-off)
Commissioned 1968 - 1988; on the Gun Line 3 times in Vietnam
U. S. S. Pomfret (SS-391)
U. S. S. Blueback (SS-581)
Japan made, UnUsed.........inquire
Japan made, UnUsed..........inquire
USS Buffalo (SSN-715)
Commissioned November 5, 1983; Homeported in Guam; still in Active Service
USS Buffalo (SSN-715), Modified to carry a Dry Deck Shelter (DDS) to launch a Glider, PELLON backing, UnUsed........(sold)
partial History
Los Angeles-class submarine (2nd ship in the Navy to be named for Buffalo, New York)
Keel laid January 25, 1980; Launched May 8, 1982; Commissioned November 5, 1983; Modified In 1999 to carry a Dry Deck Shelter (DDS) for INTEL purposes
USS Sea Dragon (SSN-584)
USS Sea Dragon "SSN-584" "FROM THE DEPTHS L RULE", 5" with a 1970s look, UnUsed.......(moved)
USS Mariano G. Vallejo "SSBN 658", Used.........(sold)
( see below for another Vallejo patch )
USS Begor (APD-127)
Japan made, Knight on a Seahorse
"Gray Ghost of The Korean Coast"
Large 8"(to tip of Lance), disc is 5 7/8", UnUsed......(sold)
USS Halibut (SSGN-587)
First NUKE Sub to successfully launch a Missile
patch design circa 1960 to April 15, 1965, UnUsed.......(sold)
USS Sea Dragon (SSN-584)
Commissioned from 1959 - 1984
I saw several Seadragon patches on the Internet....all of them had the Hull Number....probably an uncommon Japan made patch.
2 x pigtails, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......(sold)
Made in Japan, no hull number on patch, Unused......(sold)
USS DANIEL BOONE "NEW TRAILS TO BLAZE", Japan made, Used.......(sold)
commissioned 23 April 1964 -
USS CANOPUS.....(moved to the "ships" section)