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  1. Excellent photos just posted above to add to this topic. We were discussing the wearing of the USNR Eagle earlier and you've added a photo to illustrate that they were worn by merchant mariners on greys despite the USN regs.
  2. USN Aviation Greens - Greys have shoulder boards and no sleeve stripes, Greens have sleeve stripes and no shoulder boards.
  3. HQ & HQ Detachment Hawaii Army National Guard Worn from: 17 June 1948 - Current. The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Hawaii National Guard on 14 March 1949. Kamehameha I, in red feathered helmet, was the first ruler of a united Hawaii after conquering most of the Hawaiian Islands by 1810. Here's an identified helmet liner with decal and web gear from from my collection which belonged to an officer attached to the HANG HQ.
  4. Happy Birthday America! Fourth of July 1939 with the 64th Coast Artillery (AA) at Fort Shafter, Territory of Hawaii Lunch Menu for the Battery 64th Coast Artillery Fort Shafter pennant Hawaiian Coast Artillery Brigade 64th CAC Band on Parade, Palm Circle, Fort Shafter T.H.
  5. Interesting patch. I have three different theories about this all based on the "balls out" symbology depicted on the patch. The Horse - Cavalry, the Ski's - Skimmers or Foils, the Fan Propeller - also Skimmers, and the helmet which was necessary to use radio comms due to excessive noise from the fans. On first glance, it's a Hydrofoil serving on Market Time interdiction missions. it has the foils, a Junk in the background, is heavily armed and has a flag. Examples would be the USS FLAGSTAFF (PGH-1) and the USS TUCUMCARI (PGH-2) But I'm thinking this is a Game Warden patch for Riverine forces serving in the Mekong Delta A better option is it's a Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle unit (PACV) serving on the Mekong Delta waterways operated by either the Navy or the Army. They were large heavily armed air cushion vehicles which had a pusher fan for propulsion. Another good Riverine option It could also be the smaller Navy or Army Hurricane Aircat airboat which was used extensively in the Mekong Delta by the Navy, 1st Air Cavalry, 5th Special Force Group, 9th Infantry and Mike Force units The last clue is the ribbons on the patch which to me say "Vietnam Riverine Veteran" making this a post war Market Time and/or Game Warden patch for a reunion or veterans association. There ya go.....
  6. Adding to this discussion, my father was credited with a USN Occupation Medal with no clasp for service in an area not covered above (although it is in East Africa). His occupation duty was at Radio Marina, Asmara Eritrea. This was the captured Italian communications station in the Eritrean highlands which later became the ASA facility Kagnew Station.
  7. Not Minnesota but these are 1862 Dakota War Northwest Indian Expedition, 6th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry veterans group
  8. Aloha Kurt, I'm also very interested in the Dakota War of 1862-1865 and have been researching this period for half a century. My emphasis has been from the Iowa/Nebraska/Dakota perspective as my Gr Gr Grandfather was with the Field and Staff of the 6th Iowa Cavalry & the Collector for the Smithsonian Institution, Northwest Indian Expedition 1862-1866 with General Alfred Sully.
  9. Good guesses but this was a large replacement draft and the entire contingent of officers and men were assigned to the Medical Corps Excerpt from the shipping manifests (5) Officers and (250) Privates, no NCO's Exceptional Medical Replacement Unit #24 also departed from Camp Wadsworth with (5) Officers and (250) Men of the Medical Corps Exceptional Medical Replacement Unit #46 departed from Camp Travis with (5) Officers and (250) Men of the Medical Corps These replacement drafts appear to be standardized so what is an EXCEPTIONAL MEDICAL REPLACEMENT UNIT?
  10. Reserve Fleet 1947-1960, Naval History and Heritage Command Archives Groups of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet include Boston, Charleston, Florida, New London, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, and Texas. The groups of the Pacific Reserve Fleet include Alameda, Bremerton, Columbia River, Long Beach, Mare Island, San Diego, San Francisco, Stockton, and Tacoma. Norfolk Group Atlantic Reserve Fleet Philadelphia Group Atlantic Reserve Fleet, 4th Naval District Naval Reserve Fleet Division 3-7D Advancement, Training, Leadership - Radarman (now Operations Specialist), Gunners Mate, Engineman Naval Reserve Training Center, Washington Square, Rochester, NY circa 1957
  11. The Captain's 'tracks' are the coffin bar type, usually seen in pre-war groupings
  12. Here's a better overview and resource link to Project Hula Project Hula - Secret Soviet-American Cooperation in the War Against japan And a link to a forum topic on a Project Hula Patrol Frigate USS Burlington (PF-51) USCG to USSR to USN Korean War Gunboat
  13. Thanks Leigh, I also scanned through Emerson and came up empty. Aloha
  14. Thanks Steve, On a lighter note, you've once again illustrated one of the consistent errors made by many patch collectors on their displays and auction listings. Look at the USN Miinecraft Personnel patch at upper right on the display boards........It's upside down......the cable goes DOWN into the blue seas. It's not the sky fellow collectors. WRONG RIGHT
  15. The mining of the USS VIBURNUM (AN-57) on October 28th, 1944 (note: She was not sunk, but was heavily damaged) After shakedown out of the Naval Net Depot, Tiburon Bay, Calif., and post-shakedown repairs and alterations at Long Beach, Viburnum departed Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif., on 15 August, bound for Pearl Harbor with two high-speed sled targets in tow. The net-layer reached Pearl Harbor on 27 August, delivered her tows, and subsequently pushed on for Majuro, in the Marshall Islands, where she arrived on 15 September. Assigned to Service Squadron 10, Viburnum shifted to Ulithi, in the Carolines, soon thereafter. On 28 October 1944, Viburnum was tending the net installation at Doa Channel, Ulithi. Late that morning, she picked up a net section from the depot ship Tuscana (AKN-3) and proceeded to stretch a double net section early in the afternoon. At 1457, a sudden, violent explosion blew the port side of the forecastle deck upward, and the ship's commanding officer, Lt. Smith, ordered all hands to stand by to abandon ship. The blast had killed CM1c Warren B. Whitney, O-1, USNR, and blown others over the side. All but two of the latter were swiftly rescued by a boat from the general-stores-issue ship Volans (AKS-9). Arapahoe (ATF-68) came alongside Viburnum at 1550, joined shortly thereafter by Zuni (ATF-95) ; the latter consequently moored the stricken net-layer alongside the destroyer tender Dixie (AD-14) for a thorough check of the damage. Ultimately, CM1c Robert G. Bell, SV6, USNR, and S1c William W. Reddick, two men listed as missing-in-action, were determined to have been killed. The ensuing investigation revealed that a Japanese submarine mine had blown a hole in the starboard side of the ship extending 10 frames' length (from frame 10 to frame 20) and to a point within five feet of the main deck. The explosion had broken the keel, and the hole extended about eight feet up from the keel on the port side. In ensuing days, and a work crew from the battle damage repair ship Nestor (ARB-6) cleared away the wreckage. From November 1944 to January 1945, Viburnum received repairs from Jason (ARH-1) and Vestal (AR-4) before she was docked in AFDL-32 and repaired enough to resume active operations about 9 February 1945. (Note the Fleet Tug USS ZUNI ATF-95 alongside in this photo rendering rescue and salvage services) Viburnum remained at Ulithi, performing limited harbor work in a protected harbor into the spring of 1945. She sailed for the west coast of the United States on 9 May, stopped briefly at Pearl Harbor en route, and arrived at San Francisco on 5 June. Due to the heavy workload on west coast yards for repairs to damaged combatant vessels, the Navy did not desire full restoration of Viburnum. Accordingly, the net-laying ship was decommissioned and placed in an "in-service" status on 12 July 1945. Source: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS), Naval History and Heritage Command Photos from navsource.com USS Viburnum (AN-57) being temporarily patched in USS ARDL-32 in preparation for the voyage back to San Francisco for permanent repairs. Structural support for main the deck are shown in this photo. USS Viburnum (AN-57), a wooden hull ship, struck a contact mine at frame 12 starboard on 28 October 1944. The explosion tore a hole in the shell between frames 6 and 17 starboard and from the keel to the second deck side longitudinal, tore a hole In the second deck and in the port side of the main deck The keel and planking about 3 feet to port were shattered between frames 7 and 18. The bolts pulled loose in connections between the shell and all bulkheads forward of frame 30. All spaces forward of bulkhead 30 flooded to the waterline as the ship took on a draft of 21 feet forward and 10 feet aft. After the ship was drydocked, debris and damaged planking were cleared away and temporary repairs were began. Since neither proper materials nor trained personnel were available to do the required wood repairs, it was necessary to use steel. Source: Structural Repairs in Forward Areas During World War II, Bureau of Ships Navy Department, December, 1949, Photo No. 82 - Looking aft at hole in starboard shell plating where the mine struck the ship Photo No. 83 - Showing hole in main deck, port side from overhead from superstructure. Below deck level is being cleaned out before rebuilding the inside hull and then main deck structures Photo No. 89 - Temporary mine damage repair showing connection between transverse frames and undamaged wooden hull structure Photo No. 93 - Structural supports for main the deck are shown in this photo
  16. After a long deep dive into the USN casualty records, Fold 3, Ancestry, and the National Archives I believe I've identified the sailor who designed this 'type 3' net tender patch at the Naval Net Depot Tiburon in 1944. His name is Warren Bernard (Bud) WHITNEY, Carpenters Mate First Class (CM1), 4135542. He was killed in combat according to the USN KIA database on October 28th, 1944 aboard the Net Tender USS VIBURNUM (AN-57) when she was struck by a Japanese mine at Doa Channel, Ulithi Lagoon anchorage, the major staging base for SERVRON TEN and the US fleet during the liberation of the Philippines. He was married and his wife lived in South Pasadena, CA. Bud Whitney was first interred at the US Military Cemetery at Guam (Guam No. 2 Cemetery, Marianas Islands) and then repatriated to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii January 14th, 1949. (QMC Form 14, Rev. 1 AUG 45) UNITED STATES NAVY, COAST GUARD and MARINE CORPS CASUALTIES, 1941-1945 WHITNEY, Warren B, CM1, 4135542, USS Viburnum (AN-57), October 28, 1944, (CasCode121) killed in combat, dd October 28, 1944 (bp3) + WHITNEY, Warren Bernard, Carpenter’s Mate 1c, USNR. Wife, Mrs. Marjorie Jane Whitney, 1208 Bank St., South Pasadena, Calif (na) USS VIBURNUM (AN-57) Ailanthus Class Net Laying Ship: (from navsource.com) Laid down, 9 December 1943, as (YN-76) at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA. Redesignated a Net Laying Ship (AN-57), 1 January 1944 Launch, 26 April 1944 Commissioned USS Viburnum (AN-57), 27 June 1944, at Stockton, CA., LT. Benjamin A. Smith USNR in command During World War II USS Viburnum was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater at Ulithi, Caroline Islands Viburnum struck a mine. 28 October 1944, at Ulithi Atoll killing three men in the forward hold and blowing twelve men that were on deck over the side, all twelve were rescued Returned to San Francisco, 5 June 1945 Commissioning photos of USS VIBURNUM (AN-57) at Stockton, CA LT. Benjamin A. Smith Commanding CM1 Bud Whitney is not among the plankowners of the Net Tender VIBURNUM in this crew photograph. Shortly after this was taken, she picked up her net gear at Tiburon and was dispatched to the Pacific Theater. Bud reported aboard on July 21st, 1944 when they were refitting at the Naval Net Depot, Tiburon, replacing a CM2 who was transferred off the ship to the depot. Source: Report of Changes, USS VIBURNUM (AN-57) 23 July 1944 date of sailing from Tiburon, CA to San Pedro, CA.
  17. USN MINESWEEPER Worn by a signalman first class, also wearing a gun pointer 1st class distinguishing mark WWII Project Hula 1945 (with Soviet seaman)
  18. Just for fun, some Korean War era and Vietnam era Net Tender patches from my collection USS NAHANT (AN-83) Cohoes class net laying ship, Japanese made USS NAHANT (AN-83) Philippine made, easier to see the submarine net anti-torpedo rings in this one USS BUTTERNUT (AN-9) Aloe class net layer, Both Japanese Made USS COHOES (ANL-78) class leader
  19. Hi Mort, Seems that the name was Nelly, not Oscar, as stated in the video posted that also has the name of the artist who was later KIA in the South Pacific, Bud Whitney. Steve referred to this as his 'Type 3' Harbor Net Tender patch, or as Irish called it, the West Coast variety which we now know was from the Tiburon Net base.
  20. Howser "What did you call this place?" Sailors "The Naval Net Depot" Howser "The Naval Net Depot? That's not a very exciting name" Sailors "Yep, Haight's Concentration Camp" (Laughter by the old salts) Samples of Carpenters Mate (striker) Bud Whitney's Artwork at the Tiburon BOQ from the video posted above
  21. Some information on Captain Stanley Martyn Haight, USNA class of 1918 (click on the links for his citations and information) 12th Naval District (12th N.D.) CO Net Depot, Net Sec., Net Squad, and Net Training School Tiburon, CA He was indeed the Commanding Officer of the Net Tender School in 1943-1944 and later in 1944 a Beachmaster at Leyte in the Philippines where he was awarded the Silver Star (Citation here). He was also awarded a Legion of Merit with Combat V as Commander of a Division of Attack Transports during the amphibious assault and capture of Leyte, Luzon and Iwo Jima (Citation here - see page two). Stanley Haight also invented THE SEDGLEY OSS GLOVE GUN (aka the Haight Fist Gun) - a spectacular contraption for self defense in a combat area. Stanley Haight retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral and is buried at the US Naval Academy Cemetery.
  22. Welcome Aboard, This is also the first time I've seen "Yorick the Bull"..... We'd be very interested in your fathers' study aids and any other photos you have of him and his service. Aloha
  23. Terrific set of African American images, thanks for posting these
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