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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.

 

http:reunion16.wixsite.com/ussjohnyoung

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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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USS MARSHALL (DD-676) Fletcher class in service 1943 to 1969. Eight battle stars WWII, four for Korea, naval reserve destroyer in Washington state during the Vietnam war.

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USS NEWMAN K PERRY (DD-883) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1981

Gemsco DD & DDR versions, she was reclassified as a radar picket destroyer (DDR) from 1950 to 1965

 

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On 2/26/2020 at 7:12 AM, Bearmon said:

here are two more I didn't see posted anywhere

first the USS Hazelwood DD 531 not sure if it is discolored or should be this color

 

 

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I have two of these and they are the same dirty looking color

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USS RENSHAW (DD-499) Three War Fletcher class in service 1942 to 1970.  Reclassified DDE-499 March 26 1949, reverted back to DD-499 June 30 1962.  Eight battle stars for World War II service; five battle stars for Korean War service; and six battle stars for Vietnam War service. Her Ship's Bell is on display at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum.

 

Photo and History circa 1967 Vietnam Cruise, Yankee Station

 

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Welcome Aboard circa 1967, Destroyer Division 252 (DESDIV 252, DESRON 25) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

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Japanese made patch, Vietnam War

 

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USS RENSHAW (DD-499) Three War Fletcher class in service 1942 to 1970.  Reclassified DDE-499 March 26 1949, reverted back to DD-499 June 30 1962

 

Japanese made patch, Vietnam War

 

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nice patch

 

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