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I've been slowly clearing out my warehouse and coming across old collections I haven't seen for years. Among them were a USCG patch horde of hundreds. I pulled many of the older ones (see photo). Any objections if I post several pages of photos? I don't wish to over run the thread unless invited as others are adding theirs too.

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Any objections if I post several pages of photos?

 

 

Have at it!Love seeing Coastie pieces.Maybe this thread will get pinned! :)

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Here's a teaser while I organize them and shoot some photos.....

 

USCG European Command 001.jpg

 

USCG European Command 002.jpg

 

This goes with the USCG European Command above

USCG Activities Europe - London UK

 

USCG Activities Europe London UK 001.jpg

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LORAN stations anyone? We used LORAN Alpha and Charlie signals to navigate the globe prior to GPS

 

Excellent USCG reference link with photos of LORAN and Communications Stations Patches (highly recommended) http://semperparatus.com/station_elec_insig.html

 

LORAN A/C Station, Attu Island, Alaska (LOng-range RAdio Navigation) http://www.loran-history.info/Attu/attu.htm

USCG LORAN Station Attu Alaska 001.jpg

 

5" USCG LORAN Charlie Station, Port Clarence, Alaska

New, still in the wrapper, made by Kasamaki & Co, Tokyo Japan

http://www.loran-history.info/port_clarence/port_clarence.htm

USCG LORAN Station Port Clarence Alaska 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Port Clarence Alaska 002.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Cape Atholl, NW Greenland, turned over to the Danish in 1972, Decom 1975

http://www.loran-history.info/cape_atholl/cape_atholl.htm

USCG LORAN Station Cape Atholl Alaska 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Cape Atholl Alaska 002.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Biorka Island, Gulf of Alaska http://www.loran-history.info/biorka/biorka.htm

USCG LORAN Station Biorka Island Alaska 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Biorka Island Alaska 002.jpg

 

6" USCG LORAN Station, Yap, Palau Islands - Pulse Power, 24 hours a day

btw: Scroll down to the bottom page on these links I'm posting for more USCG LORAN patches

http://www.loran-history.info/yap/Yap.htm

USCG LORAN Station Yap Palaus 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Yap Palaus 002.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Kure Island (Northwest Hawaiian Islands towards Midway)

"The Dark Side of the Sun" http://www.loran-history.info/kure_island/kure_island.htm

USCG LORAN Station Kure Island 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Kure Island 002.jpg

 

6" USCG LORAN Station Point Arguello, 11th Coast Guard District

(Santa Barbara Co. CA near Lompoc) http://www.loran-history.info/point_arguello/point_arguello.htm

USCG LORAN Station Point Arguello CA 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Point Arguello CA 002.jpg

 

Egg Shaped USCG LORAN Charlie Station Sylt, Germany (Norwegian Sea)

Also part of the USCG European Command http://www.loran-history.info/sylt/sylt.htm

Immer Bereit Sein - Semper Paratus

USCG LORAN C Station Sylt Germany 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN C Station Sylt Germany 002.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Charlie Station Estartit, Spain 1987 Mediterranean Sea

http://www.loran-history.info/estartit/estartit.htm

Rate Specific award patch

USCG LORAN C Station Estartit Spain 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN C Station Estartit Spain 002.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Jupiter Inlet, Florida (Atlantic chain) http://www.loran-history.info/jupiter/jupiter.htm

 

USCG LORAN Station Jupiter Inlet Florida 001.jpg

 

USCG LORAN Station Jupiter Inlet Florida 002.jpg

 

Communications - USCG Boston Radio callsign NMF Marshfield - Otis http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/commstaBoston/unit_history.asp

USCG BOSTON Radio Station NMF 001.jpg

 

USCG BOSTON Radio Station NMF 002.jpg

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USCGC WESTWIND (WAGB-281) Wind class Icebreaker in USN/USSR/USN/USCG service 1943 to 1988

WAGB 281 USCGC WESTWIND 001.jpg

 

Originally an USN icebreaker, she was sent to the Soviet Navy in 1945 where she was known as Severni Polius (North pole) as part of the Lend-Lease program.  Returned to United States Navy in 1951, transferred to United States Coast Guard in 1952

 

WAGB 281 USCGC WESTWIND 002.jpg

 

USCGC WESTWIND (WAGB-281) a 4 1/2" patch circa 1970's

Great Lakes Icebreaking - Arctic Operations

WAGB 281 USCGC WESTWIND 003.jpg

 

WAGB 281 USCGC WESTWIND 004.jpg

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USCGC NORTHWIND (WAGB-282) Wind class Icebreaker in USN/USCG service 1945 to 1989 This was the second icebreaker commissioned Northwind.

 

NOTE:  The first Northwind was transferred to the USSR under Lend-Lease and became Staten Island upon her return to the United States. The name change was made to avoid confusion with the other icebreaker

 

2 different sizes and styles of her earlier W-282 patch

WAGB 282 USCGC NORTHWIND 001a.jpg

 

Red Hull vs. White Hull versions

 

WAGB 282 USCGC NORTHWIND 003.jpg

 

Reverses

WAGB 282 USCGC NORTHWIND 002a.jpg

 

WAGB 282 USCGC NORTHWIND 004a.jpg

 

USCGC NORTHWIND (WAGB-282) The Grand Old Lady of the North

Great Lakes icebreaking season 1977-1978

 

WAGB 282 USCGC NORTHWIND Great Lakes 77 78 001.jpg

 

Reverse - Paul Bunyan must be hitching a ride

 

WAGB 282 USCGC NORTHWIND Great Lakes 77 78 002.jpg

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Polar class Icebreaker USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB-10)

WAGB 10 USCGC POLAR STAR Bicentennial 1976 001.jpg

 

Her maiden cruise was during the 1976 US Bicentennial

 

WAGB 10 USCGC POLAR STAR Bicentennial 1976 002.jpg

 

USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB-10) nice Engineers Rat Fink patch, 1976

WAGB 10 USCGC POLAR STAR 1976 001.jpg

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Her Polar class sister ship, USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB-11) The Coast Guard has two of these aged icebreakers and only one is in service.  They've been pushing for more Polar keels to be laid for years

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA 001.jpg

 

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA 002.jpg

 

USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB-11) 1970's

Engineering Department - Pride'll bring 'em home proud

"Six Burnin' Three Turnin" i.e. Six turbines driving three screws

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA ENGINEERING 001.jpg

 

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA ENGINEERING 002.jpg

 

Coasties, always looking for an opportunity.....

Ice Edge Properties - 1985 Icebreaking season

USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB-11)

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA 1985 001.jpg

 

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA 1985 002.jpg

 

These came with the POLAR SEA patches, the photograph is dated February 1977 and the Welcome Aboard is from 1983

 

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA 003.jpg

 

Icebreaking Season and Engineering Department

 

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA 004.jpg

 

WAGB 11 USCGC POLAR SEA 005.jpg

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USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE (WAVP-375) ex-USN Barnegat class small seaplane tender with a checkered career.

6 1/2" US Coast Guard International Weather Patrol.  This is her patch circa 1949-1965

 

WAVP 315 USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE 001.jpg

 

After heavy USN service in the Pacific, she was transferred on loan to the US Coast Guard, 7 March 1949 and commissioned USCGC Chincoteague (WAVP-375)
Redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-375), 1 May 1966 Permanently transferred to the US Coast Guard, 26 September 1966 Decommissioned in June 1972
 
Returned to US Naval custody and transferred to South Vietnam, 21 June 1972, renamed RVNS Ly Thuong Kiet (HQ-16)
 
Taken over by the Republic of the Philippines in April 1975, renamed RPS Andres Bonifacto (PF-7) Sold outright to the Republic of the Philippines, 5 April 1976
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown) Decommissioned by the Philippine Navy in June 1985
Final Disposition, fate unknown. Chincoteague earned six USN battle stars for World War II service

 

WAVP 315 USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE 002.jpg

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USCGC STORIS (WAGL/WMEC-38) In service 1942 to 2007

"The Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast" Light Ice Breaker/Medium Endurance Cutter

1st ship in history to ever fully navigate the Northwest Passage

 

WAGL 38 USCGC STORIS 001.jpg

 

Unsung hero of many, many Bearing Sea rescues including one of the most famous (as it was caught on film) the ALASKAN MONARCH

Videos shot from the deck of STORIS

 

History of the STORIS video

 

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The newer (1980's) river icebreaking tugs

USCGC NEAH BAY (WTGB-105) and KATMAI BAY (WTGB-101)

 

WTGB 105 USCGC NEAH BAY 001.jpg

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Treasury Class High Endurance Cutters - The seven cutters were originally classified as WPG when they were convoy escorts during the 'Bloody Winter' of 1942. In 1965 the large cutters (except Hamilton which had been torpedoed and sunk) were all reclassified as WHEC high endurance cutters, just prior to Vietnam service.

 

US Coast Guard Combat Cutters of World War II http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/WPG_Photo_Index.asp

 

We started this topic with the Taney patch in the lower right. The patch in the upper right was just prior to her decommissioning in 1986

WHEC Treasury Class High Endurance Cutters.jpg

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The venerable escort cutter USCGC BIBB (WPG-31) Treasury class in service 1937 to 1985.

Probably made in the 1950's or early 60's before she became WHEC-31

 

WHEC 31 WPG 31 USCGC BIBB 001.jpg

 

Her WWII - Vietnam rescue/combat history is here (scroll down) http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Bibb1935.asp

 

WHEC 31 WPG 31 USCGC BIBB 002.jpg

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