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Has anyone ever had or seen these unique USCG desert Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) patches for Seattle (91101), Galveston (91104), and Boston (91110)? I've been looking for them for years and have only seen them in photos. We had to settle for cropped photos of the Seattle and Galveston MSST patches being worn in our recent book, "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces", however the Boston MSST photo was of such poor quality we couldn't use it.

 

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My book, "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" is available on Amazon and other booksellers World-wide: www.amazon.com/Desert-Uniforms-Patches-Insignia-Forces/dp/0764352067

 

Check out our Facebook group on the book and all things Desert Uniform related: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform

 

Always looking for:

- Saudi camel tongue rank fobs - DCU Uniforms & Patches - AAFES Pogs - Parachute Rigger Badges - Berlin Brigade Items - Pershing Rifles Items - East German Para Items-



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Aloha ehrentitle,

 

Haven't got those, only the standard color and subdued MSST patches in my collection.

 

Thanks Salvage Sailor, these are indeed very tough patches to find. Kevin

Kevin

 

My book, "Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces" is available on Amazon and other booksellers World-wide: www.amazon.com/Desert-Uniforms-Patches-Insignia-Forces/dp/0764352067

 

Check out our Facebook group on the book and all things Desert Uniform related: http://www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform

 

Always looking for:

- Saudi camel tongue rank fobs - DCU Uniforms & Patches - AAFES Pogs - Parachute Rigger Badges - Berlin Brigade Items - Pershing Rifles Items - East German Para Items-



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USCGC ACUSHNET (WAGO-167) ex-USS SHACKLE (ARS-9) Diver Class Rescue WWII Salvage ship
Transferred from the USN to the USCG in 1946 and commissioned as USCGC Acushnet (WAT-167)

 

USCG Oceanographic ship 1968-1971 as (WAGO-167), aka "NOAA's Ark" from 1971 to 1978

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Redesignated as USCGC ACHUSHNET (WMEC-167) in 1978 homeport Eureka, CA and then Ketchikan Alaska on Bearing Sea Patrol. She had the gold hull numbers for being "Queen of the Fleet", the oldest commissioned cutter in the USCG until her decommissioning in 2011

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USCGC COMANCHE (WMEC-202) Began life as a USN Sotoyomo class Auxiliary Fleet Tug named USS WAMPANOAG (ATA-202) serving in Okinawa 1944-1948.

 

Loaned to the USCG in 1949, then transferred to the Coast Guard in 1959 and designated as COMANCHE WATA-202 and later WMEC-202.

 

U.S. Coast Guard History Program https://www.uscg.mil/history/cutters/143/Comanche1959.asp

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A ship of many guises and talents.....

 

USCGC GRESHAM (WHEC-387) Market Time High Endurance Cutter, Flagship of USCGC Squadron Three, "The White Dragon of the Sea"

 

Intended to be a Barnegat class Seaplane Tender in 1943 USS WILLOUGHBY (AVP-57), she was reclassified and commissioned as a Motor Torpedo Boat Tender USS WILLOUGHBY (AGP-9) in 1944. She tended her PT boat squadrons in New Guinea, Palau, Leyte, Luzon, Palawan, Borneo and Mindoro.

 

In 1947 she was loaned to the US Coast Guard and commissioned as USCGC GRESHAM (AVP-57) serving as an Oceanographic ship and cutter until 1966 when she was reclassified as a high endurance cutter and redesignated WHEC-387

 

She spent 1967 and 1968 in Vietnam with Coast Guard Squadron Three employed on Market Time missions

 

Gresham departed San Francisco for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 16 April 1967 under the command of Commander Norman L. Scherer, USCG. Upon her arrival in Hawaii, Gresham became flagship of Coast Guard Squadron Three, which was designated Task Unit 70.8.6. Captain John E. Day, commander of the squadron, hoisted his flag aboard Gresham upon activation of the squadron on 24 April 1967.
Coast Guard Squadron Three was tasked to operate in conjunction with U.S. Navy forces in Operation Market Time, the interdiction of communist coastal arms and munitions traffic along the coastline of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The squadron's other Vietnam War duties included fire support for ground forces, resupplying Coast Guard and Navy patrol boats, and search-and-rescue operations. Serving in the squadron with Gresham were the cutters USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380), USCGC Bering Strait (WHEC-382), USCGC Barataria (WHEC-381), and USCGC Half Moon (WHEC-378); like Gresham, they all were Casco-clas cutters and former Navy Barnegat-class ships. They departed Pearl Harbor on 26 April 1967 and reported to Commander, United States Seventh Fleet, for Market Time duty on 4 May 1967. They were joined by U.S. Navy radar picket destroyer escorts (DERs) of Escort Squadrons 5 and 7.
The ten Market Time ships arrived at Subic Bay in the Philippines on 10 May 1967. The five Coast Guard cutters and five Navy destroyer escorts continuously manned four Market Time stations off Vietnam, while only Navy warships served on two Taiwan patrol stations. One ship rotated duty as the station ship in Hong Kong. Gresham remained in the Western Pacific until 28 January 1968 and arrived home at Alameda on 10 February 1968.
She continued her service in Pacific waters through 1969 and then in the Atlantic when in February 1970 she was reclassified as a meteorological cutter and redesignated WAGW-387
USCGC GRESHAM was finally decommissioned in April 1973 after a long life at sea with both the USN and USCG

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Another converted USN Barnegat class small seaplane tender (ex-AVP-36) In service 1944 to 1971

 

USCGC COOK INLET (WHEC-384) High endurance cutter and Market Time veteran of Coast Guard Squadron Three in Vietnam with two campaign stars.

 

In 1971 she was transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy. Escaping the fall in 1975, she fled to the Philippines but was never transferred to the Philippine Navy.

On 21 December 1971 – the day the Coast Guard decommissioned her – Cook Inlet was transferred to South Vietnam, which commissioned her into the Republic of Vietnam Navy as the frigate RVNS Trần Quốc Toản (HQ-06). By mid-1972, six other former Casco-class cutters – known in the Republic of Vietnam Navy as the Trần Quang Khải-class frigates – also were in South Vietnamese service. They were the largest warships in the South Vietnamese inventory, and their 5-inch (127-millimeter) guns were South Vietnam's largest naval guns. Trần Quốc Toản and her sisters fought alongside U.S. Navy ships during the final years of the Vietnam War, patrolling the South Vietnamese coast and providing gunfire support to South Vietnamese forces ashore.
When South Vietnam collapsed at the end of the Vietnam War in late April 1975, Trần Quốc Toản became a ship without a country. She fled to Subic Bay in the Philippines, packed with South Vietnamese refugees. On 22 and 23 May 1975, a U.S. Coast Guard team inspected Trần Quốc Toản and five of her sister ships, which also had fled to the Philippines in April 1975. One of the inspectors noted: "These vessels brought in several hundred refugees and are generally rat-infested. They are in a filthy, deplorable condition. Below decks generally would compare with a garbage scow."
The Republic of the Philippines took custody of Trần Quốc Toản after her arrival in 1975, and the United States formally transferred her to the Philippines on 5 April 1976. She did not enter Philippine Navy service; instead she and her sister ship RVNS Trần Nhật Duật (HQ-03) were cannibalized for spare parts to allow the Philippines to keep four other sister ships – all former South Vietnamese ships known in the Philippine Navy as the Andrés Bonifacio-class frigates – in commission in the Philippine Navy.
The former Trần Quốc Toản was discarded in 1982 and probably scrapped.

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Three war Treasury class high endurance cutter USCGC TANEY (WHEC-37) In service 1935 to 1986. She is now a museum ship in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988.

 

WWII Korea Vietnam patch circa 1976

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Medium Endurance Cutter USCGC YOCONA (WMEC-168/WAT-168) ex-USS SEIZE (ARS-26) US Navy Diver class salvage ship in service 1944 to 1996

 

Redesignated Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-168) in 1965
Decommissioned, 30 May 1996 and returned to US Naval custody, for disposal
Final Disposition, to be disposed of as a target off Guam in 2006

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Medium Endurance Cutter USCGC YOCONA (WMEC-168/WAT-168) ex-USS SEIZE (ARS-26) US Navy Diver class salvage ship in service 1944 to 1996

 

Redesignated Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-168) in 1965
Decommissioned, 30 May 1996 and returned to US Naval custody, for disposal
Final Disposition, to be disposed of as a target off Guam in 2006

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