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USS Arnold J Isbell DD 869 Two patches smaller is 3 inches and the larger is 5 inches I have never seen this style before. Both cut from a deck jacket which was in worse shape than the patches I am afraid to remove them from the Jacket material

 

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On 1/16/2018 at 3:13 PM, Bearmon said:

It's getting pretty tough to find ones which haven't been posted. I think I have two

First up the USS Eugene A Greene DDR 711 She was a DDR from

1952 to 1963 before and after she was a DD decom'd in 1972

 

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Bearmon, (Killer Isbell patches btw)

 

The GREENE patch you have is the 1950's Gemsco version

 

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This is the Gemsco version along with a different cut edge DDR-711 and the Gemsco DD-711 from the 1960's

 

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USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DDR-711) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1972. She was redesignated DDR-711 on 18 July 1952. Greene reverted to DD-711 on 15 March 1963

 

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USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD-711) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1972. She was redesignated DDR-711 on 18 July 1952. Greene reverted to DD-711 on 15 March 1963

 

Gemsco Cold War/Vietnam Era 1960's

 

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USS WADLEIGH (DD-689) Fletcher class in service 1943 to 1962. Submarine killer, UDT platform, heavily damaged by Japanese mine

 

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SAIPAN

 

On D-Day, Wadleigh lay offshore, providing predawn gunfire support for underwater demolition teams (UDTs) and for the initial waves of troops. After spending the day in shelling enemy positions, she retired seaward to conduct screening patrols. While thus engaged, Wadleigh and Melvin both picked up strong sonar contacts with a submarine west of Tinian. Both ships went to general quarters and attacked, dropping depth charges with deadly precision. A heavy explosion, followed by a widening slick of oil and debris, indicated that whatever had been down there had been heavily hit. Postwar accounting revealed that the two destroyers had teamed to sink the Japanese submarine RO-114.
 
Assigned to bombard Garapan, the capital city of Saipan, Wadleigh encountered heavy activity of all types in this area, from both friend and foe alike, while expending some 1,700 rounds of 5 inch shells against the Japanese-held island. Not only was Wadleigh fired on by a Japanese shore battery, but the doughty destroyer was also straddled by a stick of bombs from a Japanese plane, mistaken for a low-flying aircraft by American forces, and again taken under fire from shore—all within a hair-raising space of 15 minutes! During the latter days of the campaign Wadleigh shot enemy snipers out of caves, trees, and cliffs; picked up an occasional Japanese prisoner, and rescued downed American aircrews shot down near her position.
 
Following escort runs to Eniwetok and Guadalcanal, Wadleigh was assigned to support the invasion of the Palaus. On 15 September, she patrolled north of the islands on radar picket duty, standing ready to provide early warning if Japanese planes were sighted.
 
On the following day, Wadleigh steamed to Kossol Roads to begin assisting minesweepers in clearing the sealanes there. Floating mines swept up by the minesweepers provided the destroyers with "game", and Wadleigh destroyed 22 with 40-millimeter fire. The 23d, however, was deadly. While approaching one mine, the destroyer brushed horns with another, an unswept mine which burst amidships. The explosion ripped into the bowels of the ship, killing three men and injuring 20, while flooding three engineering compartments and one living space. As the crew raced to general quarters, the ship settled five feet by the stern, and listed seven degrees to starboard. Wadleigh—now sporting a 40-foot rent in her bottom—came to an even keel as the crew manhandled all moveable weight from starboard to port to correct the list.
 
Bennett passed a towline and towed the stricken destroyer out of danger. The crippled ship, now sagging noticeably amidships, "worked" noticeably in the swells, prompting initial fears that the ship was breaking in two. In addition, the shock of the blast snapped one radar antenna and jarred both 26-foot motor whaleboats from their blocks.
 
USS Wadleigh received six battle stars for WWII service
 
Shipboard made patch from WWII crewman, rocker 1950's

 

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USS HANSON (DDR-832) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1973. Hard fighting destroyer which earned 8 battle stars in Korea and 7 battle stars in Vietnam

 

This is her DDR Radar Picket patch circa 1949-1963. She was converted in the FRAM program to a DD in 1964.

 

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USS JOHN W. WEEKS (DD-701) Allen M. Sumner class in service 1944 to 1970. TF 38, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Korea, Vietnam. Four battle stars WWII & 2 Campaign stars Vietnam

 

John Wingate Weeks, horn near Lancaster, N.H., 11 April 1860, was appointed to the Naval Academy 27 June 1877 and graduated 10 June 1881. After serving on Powhatan and Richmond, he returned to civilian life 30 June 1883 and distinguished himself as a civil engineer, financier, and political leader. From 1890 to 1900 he served in the Massachusetts Naval Brigade. "When War with Spain broke out, Weeks returned to the Navy as a Lieutenant, 23 April 1898. He was attached to Minnesota and served as Assistant to the Chief of Auxiliary Naval Force. After the end of the war, Weeks was discharged 28 October 1898. He was placed on the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia retired list as Rear Admiral 10 April 1900. In 1904 Weeks was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served until entering the Senate in 1913. In the 1916 Convention of the Republican Party Weeks received 105 votes for the presidential nomination. He became Secretary of War 4 March 1921 and held that post until illness forced him to resign 13 October 1925. He died at Lancaster, N.H., 12 July 1926. Navsource.com

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USS LOWRY (DD-770) Allen M. Sumner class three-war destroyer in service 1944 to 1973 - Photo WWII alongside a carrier at sea

 

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USS LOWRY (DD-770) Allen M. Sumner class three-war destroyer in service 1944 to 1973 - Four battle stars for World War II service

 

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USS LOWRY (DD-770) Allen M. Sumner class three-war destroyer in service 1944 to 1973 - Two campaign stars for Korean War service & two for Vietnam service

 

While in combat environment, she was credited with the destruction of six watercraft, eight bunkers and nineteen miscellaneous enemy structures. Forty-two Bunkers, forty one enemy structures and two watercraft were left damaged severely by her guns.

 

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Allen M. Sumner class USS LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD-729) In service 1944 to 1971

 

Three different Japanese made patches, one marked 'Made in Japan'

The larger patch only has five diamonds on the sail rather than the usual six

 

USS LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD-729) Allen M. Sumner class in service 1944 to 1971

 

Gemsco red card version

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USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) Spruance class in service 1978 to 2002 - Refugee Recovery Vehicle, 310 Vietnamese 'Boat People' April 1981

 

JOHN YOUNG sailed for the Far East on October 21, 1980 as part of the first Western Pacific deployment for the ship. After pausing at Subic Bay, Philippines, JOHN YOUNG joined Valiant Blitz 81-1, an amphibious exercise with Seventh Fleet units off Mindoro Island, in mid-November, maneuvers followed by the ASW exercise, Multiplex 81-1, off Okinawa in December. JOHN YOUNG conducted additional ASW work in the South China Sea during early 1981, as well as conducted a missile shoot in the Sea of Japan in early March, before setting course for Singapore.

While en route, JOHN YOUNG spotted a small boat in distress and rescued 126 Vietnamese refugees. Twelve hours later, another 51 people were rescued from a 30-foot sampan. A week later, the destroyer rescued refugees from two more boats, adding another 131 refugees to the total. All these people were delivered to refugee officials at Pattaya Beach, Thailand. For their efforts, the crew received the Humanitarian Service Medal. The warship then returned to San Diego on 22 May 1981

 

 

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USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) Spruance class in service 1978 to 2002 - Refugee Recovery Vehicle, 310 Vietnamese 'Boat People' April 1981

 

JOHN YOUNG sailed for the Far East on October 21, 1980 as part of the first Western Pacific deployment for the ship. After pausing at Subic Bay, Philippines, JOHN YOUNG joined Valiant Blitz 81-1, an amphibious exercise with Seventh Fleet units off Mindoro Island, in mid-November, maneuvers followed by the ASW exercise, Multiplex 81-1, off Okinawa in December. JOHN YOUNG conducted additional ASW work in the South China Sea during early 1981, as well as conducted a missile shoot in the Sea of Japan in early March, before setting course for Singapore.

While en route, JOHN YOUNG spotted a small boat in distress and rescued 126 Vietnamese refugees. Twelve hours later, another 51 people were rescued from a 30-foot sampan. A week later, the destroyer rescued refugees from two more boats, adding another 131 refugees to the total. All these people were delivered to refugee officials at Pattaya Beach, Thailand. For their efforts, the crew received the Humanitarian Service Medal. The warship then returned to San Diego on 22 May 1981

 

 

I am very interested in purchasing a patch, or a quantity of these patches. I was able to reunite some of the rescued with the crew that rescued them back in 1981.

 

Please let me know if available.

 

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USS FLETCHER (DD-445) First In Class. In service 1942 to 1969. Fletcher received fifteen battle stars for World War II service, and five for Korean War service, making her one of the most decorated US ships of World War II.

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USS TAYLOR (DDE-468) Fletcher class escort destroyer, Korean War. Her shield shaped escort patch, she was redesignated as DDE from 1951 to 1962

 

After four years of inactivity, Taylor moved to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard on 9 May 1950 and, three days later, began an extensive conversion to an escort destroyer. While still completing conversion, she was officially redesignated DDE-468 on 2 January 1951. On 3 December 1951, Taylor was recommissioned at San Francisco, with Comdr. Sheldon H. Kinney in command. On 3 February 1952, she put to sea for a two-month shakedown period off San Diego. On 24 March, the escort destroyer headed west to her new home port, Pearl Harbor, and arrived there on the 30th. Following two months in the Hawaiian Islands, Taylor set out to return to the western Pacific for the first time since World War II. She stopped at Midway Atoll and Yokosuka, Japan, before joining TF 77 on 16 June to screen the carriers during air operations off the Korean coast.

 

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USS TAYLOR (DD/DDE-468) Fletcher class in service 1942 to 1969. Taylor earned 15 battle stars during World War II, ranking her among the most decorated US ships of World War II. In addition, she earned two battle stars for her Korean War service, and six battle stars for her Vietnam War service.

 

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USS TAYLOR (DD-468) Fletcher class destroyer, Japanese made, Vietnam war Yankee Station and the Gunline

 

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USS NOA (DD-841) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1973. Recovered Mercury Astronaut John Glenn in Friendship 7

 

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USS NOA (DD-841) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1973. World Cruise 1953-1954

 

In August 1953, the Noa departed from Norfolk on a 42,000-mile (78,000 km) around-the-world cruise. She arrived Sasebo, Japan on 3 October and spent four months operating in the Sea of Japan with Task Force 77. Here she participated in operational readiness exercises while maintaining truce patrol off the Korean coast.

 
In November 1953, the Noa operated in Japanese waters as part of a hunter-killer group. She patrolled the Korean coast together with the Cone (DD-866) in late November and early December. From then until her return to the United States in April 1954, the Noa engaged in underway training. Upon her return to Norfolk, she was reassigned to hunter-killer duty in the Atlantic Ocean.
 

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USS NOA (DD-841) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1973.

 

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USS NOA (DD-841) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1973.

 

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USS HERBERT J. THOMAS

 

 

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The version you posted is a Hilborn-Hamburger

 

 

 

USS HERBERT J. THOMAS (DD-833) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1970 - 6 battle stars Korean War, 3 campaign stars Vietnam war

 

Photo from Navsource: A view of the Thomas' signature "bubbles." These were installed as part of the STOPS (Shipboard Toxicological Operational Protective System). When the ship was Frammed in '64 and '65 at Mare Island, the system was installed to guard against NBC threats. Above the main deck, spaces were pressurized to that equal to being under 2" of water. Entry was gained fore and aft through revolving doors. The engineering spaces were pressurized to that equal to being under 30" of water and were entered through airlocks. The bubbles were for the lookouts when underway.The ship was also in two of the controversial Project 112 SHAD program tests in '66. This photo was taken in September 1966 while entering Pearl Harbor on our way to WESTPAC. That is Carl in the bubble.

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USS TAUSSIG (DD-746) Three-war Allen M Sumner class in service 1944 to 1970. Taussig earned six battle stars during World War II, eight battle stars during the Korean War, and six battle stars during the Vietnam War.

 

Bullion patch dated 5 June 1961 Hong Kong made, TAUSSIG's call sign was BROADSWORD

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USS McDermut DD 677

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Different version

 

USS McDERMUT (DD-677) The Mighty Mac - Fletcher class in service 1943 to 1963. WWII, Korea, Taiwan Straits. In the Battle of Surigao Strait McDermut's torpedoes hit three Japanese destroyers. Yamagumo sank immediately, while Michishio and Asagumo were disabled and drifting, the latter having lost her bow. McDermut received 10 battle stars for World War II service and 5 battle stars for Korean War service.

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USS CHARLES S. SPERRY (DD-697) Allen M Sumner class in service 1944 to 1973, Call sign REAR GUARD

Charles S. Sperry received four battle stars for her service in World War II, and four battle stars for the Korean War.

 

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Gemsco patch circa 1960's

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USS WILTSIE (DD-716) Gearing class in service 1946 to 1976, FRAM upgrade in 1961 - Wiltsie received nine battle stars for Korean War service and seven for Vietnam.

 

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USS WALLER (DD/DDE-466) Three war Fletcher class destroyer in service 1942 to 1969. Namesake Major General Littleton Waller Tazewell Waller, USMC (1856-1926) General Waller was one of the very few recipients, possibly the only, of both the Brevet Medal and Specially Meritorious Service Medal. With only 23 and 93 total awards respectively, they are two of the rarest decorations in American military history. (By way of comparison, there have been over 3,000 awards of the Medal of Honor and over 600 of the Gold Lifesaving Medal.)

 

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USS WALLER (DD-466) Three war Fletcher class destroyer in service 1942 to 1969.

 

Guadalcanal, Rennel Island, Blackett Strait, Kolombangara, Arundel, Vella Lavella, Shortland Islands, Kula Gulf, Solomons Campaign, Bougainville, Empress Augusta Bay, Buka Island, Choiseul Bay, Green Island, Cape St. George, Marianas Campaign, Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Philippines Campaign, Ormoc Bay, Ponson Island (sank Japanese submarine), Leyte Gulf, Mindoro, Sulu Sea, Lingayen Gulf, Basilan, Tawi Tawi, Jolo, Indonesia, Tarakan Island, Brunei Bay, Ballikpapan, China, Shanghai, Yangtse Patrol - Korean War, Wonsan harbor, North Korea - Cold War, Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea, Task Force Alfa, (Cuba) - Vietnam War, Gunline, Yankee Station, Gulf of Tonkin, Quinon, Phan Thiet.

 

Waller received 12 battle stars for her World War II service and two each for Korean and Vietnam service. USS Waller also participated in the Cuban missile blockade in October 1962. The ship detected a Russian submarine and dropped a hand grenade over board to insist that it surface which it did.

 

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USS WALLER (DDE-466) Three war Fletcher class destroyer in service 1942 to 1969. Reclassified DDE-466 March 26 1949 during her Korean War and Cold War service, Reverted To DD-466 June 30 1962 for her Vietnam Service

 

Gemsco DDE-466 patch circa 1949-1962. Her call sign was "Long Shot"

 

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USS Waller (DDE-466) operating with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, 1950's - Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 67924

 

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The version you posted is a Hilborn-Hamburger

 

 

 

USS HERBERT J. THOMAS (DD-833) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1970 - 6 battle stars Korean War, 3 campaign stars Vietnam war

 

Photo from Navsource: A view of the Thomas' signature "bubbles." These were installed as part of the STOPS (Shipboard Toxicological Operational Protective System). When the ship was Frammed in '64 and '65 at Mare Island, the system was installed to guard against NBC threats. Above the main deck, spaces were pressurized to that equal to being under 2" of water. Entry was gained fore and aft through revolving doors. The engineering spaces were pressurized to that equal to being under 30" of water and were entered through airlocks. The bubbles were for the lookouts when underway.The ship was also in two of the controversial Project 112 SHAD program tests in '66. This photo was taken in September 1966 while entering Pearl Harbor on our way to WESTPAC. That is Carl in the bubble.

 

USS HERBERT J. THOMAS (DDR-833) from a crewmans' memorabilia - WE ARE READY NOW, Patch circa 1962

 

She was designated at a radar picket destroyer (DDR-833) from 1949 to 1964.

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I didn't see this one posted after scanning the entire thread... DD-655 USS John Hood. From my Dad's collection, although he served on the Grand Canyon AD-28 tender. I suspect the Canyon was tending this destroyer at some point and he wound up with a patch... New patch; removed from the Gemsco bag for these photos.

 

 

 

Another version

 

USS JOHN HOOD (DD-655) Fletcher class in service 1944 to 1964

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USS JOHNSTON (DD-821) Gearing class destroyer in service 1946 to 1981. JOHNSTON served with the Atlantic Fleet and Sixth Fleet in the Med.  She was one of the handful of WWII destroyers under construction at the end of the war that were allowed to be completed rather than cancelled.

 

Swiss Tex patch circa 1973

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Merrowed edge Swiss Tex patch circa 1973

 

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1950's - 1960's made by Gemsco

 

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USS KINKAID (DD-965) Spruance class in service 1976 to 2003

 

Previously posted & Hilborn-Hamburger version circa 1976, possibly one of the last H-H USN vessel patch runs that they made.

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