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A pic of the Tacoma,and a second version of her patch,this one is not in my collection.

 

Bicentennial version of USS TACOMA (PG-92) - The Spirit of 92

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USS READY (PG-87) Asheville class patrol gunboat in service 1968 to 1977. Assigned to Market Time duty in Cam Ranh Bay & Danang from January to July 1970, two battle stars for Vietnam service.

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USS WELCH (PG-93) Asheville class Patrol Gunboat in service 1969 to 1977. On Market Time service in Vietnam Welch earned two battle stars and the Meritorious Unit Commendation 1970-1972

 

CALCULATED AUDACITY

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USS MARATHON (PG-89) In service 1968 to 1976. Delayed by mechanical and structural problems in the states, she was the last of the Asheville class gunboats to engage in SEAFLOAT operations in Vietnam.

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USS MARATHON (PG-89) Asheville class gunboat in service 1968 to 1976

 

A new home port in Guam
Following a tactical exercise in January 1970, and coastal interdiction training in March, Marathon departed San Diego on 2 June for her new home port at Guam in the Marianas Islands. After a quick refueling stop at Pearl Harbor, the gunboat arrived at Apra Harbor, Guam on 25 June. A week later, Marathon sailed for South Vietnam and, after a refueling stop at Subic Bay, Philippines on 8 July, she began Market Time duties out of Cam Ranh Bay on the 11th.
Dangerous river patrols
One of Marathon's first tasks was to escort battle damaged USS Canon from the mouth of the Bo De River back to Cam Ranh Bay on 15 July. The rocket-propelled grenade and bullet scars in Canon's hull were sober reminders of the dangers the gunboats faced in littoral waters. After receiving a camouflage paint scheme, Marathon spent the next nine weeks conducted uneventful river operations before conducting a few coastal surveillance patrols in October. Relieved by other patrol gunboats, Marathon, USS Gallup and their base ship USS Park County sailed to Guam, via Subic Bay, arriving there on 18 November.
Operation Market Time patrols
Following a restricted availability in Guam, Marathon returned to South Vietnam in late April 1971, beginning Market Time patrols on the 27th. This monotonous cruising was interrupted in late June by a port visit to Bangkok, Thailand, 28 June to 1 July, before the gunboat returned to Cam Ranh Bay to resume patrols. Marathon fired her guns only once, shelling An Thoi Island on 6 August with unknown results, before arriving home to Guam on 14 September. Once there, Marathon began her second major overhaul, which finished up on 8 December. In a change of pace, the gunboat conducted a short security patrol of the Caroline Islands in mid-December.
Marathon returned to South Vietnam on 10 March 1972 and operated out of Vung Tau conducting maritime patrols. These operations were again uneventful and the gunboat received a well-deserved week-long visit to Singapore in late July. After a few more weeks on patrol, the gunboat returned home, arriving in Guam on 30 August. She spent the remainder of the year conducting type training and providing submarine torpedo target services.
Photo caption: "USS Marathon Cmdr. Robert Buckley shows the ship's Vietnam campaign ribbons to Debbie Murdock of Medford. The small-scale battleship toured Boston Harbor as part of Maritime Celebration Day yesterday. The Navy presented the ship to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy"
Staff photo by Stanley Forman from the 21 May 1977 edition of the Boston Herald American (from navsource.com)

 

 

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USS MARATHON (PG-89) Asheville class gunboat in service 1968 to 1976

 

First version of her patch (last version detailed in posts below)

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USS MARATHON (PG-89) Asheville class gunboat in service 1968 to 1976

 

PI made patch with 40mm and Trident

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USS MARATHON (PG-89)

 

Ship's Insignia and Welcome Aboard pamphlets from her last two Commanding Officers

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Unlike her sisters, she was not decommissioned and reassigned to ATHENA, CARDEROCK, DAVID TAYLOR, NAVSEA or the other research agencies.

 

She went to the Environmental Protection Agency - (EPA) in 1977

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Initially as the R/V CROCKETT (PG-88)

 

Latin: Illegitimus Non Carborundum Est - Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

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and then as the EPA Research Vessel R/V RACHEL CARSON

 

Once transferred to the EPA, the vessel was renamed for American environmentalist Rachel Carson. At the time, it was the largest limnological vessel on the Great Lakes, and her initial use was monitoring and analyzing pollution in Lake Erie

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On 4/17/2017 at 4:05 PM, Salvage Sailor said:

USS DOUGLAS (PG-100) In USN service 1971 to 1977. Also became a Carderock Research Vessel until she was sunk off the coast of North Carolina

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USS DOUGLAS (PG-100) In USN service 1971 to 1977. Also became a Carderock Research Vessel until she was sunk off the coast of North Carolina

 

Bullion on Felt

 

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USS ANTELOPE (PG-86) Asheville class patrol gunboat in service 1967 to 1977.  (previously posted by patchcollector)

 

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Decommissioning
Her deployment to European waters ended on the last day of July 1977, and she departed Rota, Spain, bound for home.  Following stops in the Azores and at Bermuda, she reached Little Creek, Virginia on 21 August and was decommissioned there on 1 October 1977.  She was transferred to the Environmental Protection Agency on 17 January 1978 and was placed in service on Lake Michigan as a survey vessel gathering data to determine the impact of waste disposal upon the Great Lakes.  Antelope was renamed Oceanographic Survey Vessel (OSV) Peter W. Anderson in June 1985.  As of 2009, she is no longer in service to the EPA, replaced by OSV Bold, ex-Bold

 

OSV PETER W. ANDERSON (1985) ex-USS ANTELOPE (PG-86)

 

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Ocean Survey Vessel Peter W. Anderson, United States Environmental Protection Agency

 

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