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USS Harwood DDE 861 still on the GEMSCO card

 

 

Nice one Bearmon,

 

Thanks for the ID as a Gemsco on that one. Here's the same DDE-861 with the reverse side

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Here's her DD-861 patch too.

 

USS HARWOOD (DD-861) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1973. She was designated as DDE from 1950 to 1963 and met an unfortunate end in 1973 just after being sold to the Turkish Navy.

 

Harwood was transferred to the Turkish Navy on 17 December 1973, and renamed TCG Kocatepe (D 354). The ship was sunk in error by Turkish Lockheed F-104 Starfighter aircraft on 22 July 1974, mistaking it for a Greek vessel during Turkish landings on Cyprus (some publications claim 21 July 1974). Sixty-seven Turkish marines and members of her crew were killed in the incident.

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USS HARWOOD (DD-861) Gearing class in service 1945 to 1973. She was designated as DDE from 1950 to 1963 and reverted to DD-861 from July 1963 to her decommissioning in 1973

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USS HEERMAN (DD-532) Fletcher class in service 1943 to 1957. Heerman was one of the famous Fletchers from Taffy 3 at the Battle of Samar, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.

 

Heermann was the only Taffy 3 destroyer to survive the battle and her damage was repaired after the Battle of Samar. For his skillful maneuvering and leadership Heermann's Commanding Officer, Commander Amos Hathaway, was awarded the Navy Cross. She continued her service and in 1945 participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, ending up in Tokyo Bay. After being placed in reserve in 1946, she was recommissioned for the Korean War. This is a Gemsco from her 1951-1957 service time. (note: Gemsco card photo from Navsource)

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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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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

 

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.

 

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 (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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