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US COAST GUARD The Other Naval Service - USCG Patches

Garth Thompson

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Another Tug, USCGC SAUK (WYTM-99) in service 1944 to 1985 Governors Island, New York Harbor


WYTM 99 USCGC SAUK 001.jpg


NOTE: This link is to the US Naval History and Heritage Command which has an online collection of original USN/USCG patches for viewing (very helpful when looking for exemplars vs. reproductions)


Naval History and Heritage Command http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-88000/NH-88177-KN.html


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Coastal Buoy Tender USCGC RED BIRCH (WLM-687) in service 1965-1998 http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/red_birch_1965.asp






NHH photo example circa 1978 NHHC http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-88000/NH-88169-KN.html




PS collectors - whenever possible, remove the staples from your patches.......note the rust mark on the reverse



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This is an example of a USCGC Welcome Aboard brochure which always has great info and often a history and photo of the vessel

This one is from the 180' Buoy Tender USCGC FIREBUSH (WLB-393) http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/firebush_1944.asp

Click on this NHHC link to see her patch (still seeking this one) http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-88000/NH-88128-KN.html





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USCGC KENNEBEC (WLIC-802) - Coast Guard patches made by Swiss-Tex arrive in the 1970's


Beginning in the 1970's when Gemsco and Hilborn-Hamburger halted USN/USCG patch production, The Leonard Corporation (Swiss-Tex) in Philadelphia, PA, began to make USN and USCG embroidered patches.


WLIC 802 USCGC KENNEBEC Swiss Tex 001.jpg


This is the 1976 commissioning patch for the 160' class inland construction tender USCGC KENNEBEC (WLIC-802) https://www.uscg.mil/datasheet/wlic.asp


WLIC 802 USCGC KENNEBEC Swiss Tex 002.jpg

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6 1/2" US Coast Guard International Weather Patrol


USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE (WAVP-375) ex-USN Barnegat class small seaplane tender with a checkered career. This is her patch circa 1949-1965


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


One of my best friends was on the Chincoteaugue in the 60s.

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Korean War era Cape Class 95' ASW Patrol Boats (Built 1953 to 1959) - Photo from my collection USCGC CAPE STARR (WPB-95320) http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/CapeClassWPBIndex.asp patrolling the New Jersey shore


Class history—The 95-foot or Cape class was an outgrowth of a need for shallow-draft anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) craft brought on by the increasing tensions during the years immediately following World War II. During the period of construction, three distinctive sub-classes evolved as the Coast Guard’s mission emphasis shifted from ASW to search and rescue (SAR), The A Type 95-footer was outfitted primarily for ASW. The B Type differed by mounting a 40 mm vice 20 mm gun and being fitted with scramble nets, a towing bit, and a large searchlight – all important SAR tools. The C Type units were constructed without the heavy armament and for economy some of the SAR equipment was also deleted. However, the Coast Guard added these SAR items to both the As and Cs during various refits. A renovation program began in the mid-1970s but was ended, due to increasing expenses and a shortage of funds, after 16 boats had been overhauled.
The 95-footers were designed by the Coast Guard and built at the Coast Guard Yard. Their hulls were made of steel while their superstructures were made of aluminum. This proved to be problematic throughout their service lives due to electrolysis between the dissimilar metals. These cutters remained unnamed until January of 1964.

WPB 95320 USCGC CAPE STARR 001a.jpg

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