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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


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

WHEC 31 WPG 31 USCGC BIBB 001.jpg

WHEC 31 WPG 31 USCGC BIBB 002.jpg

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Treasury class USCGC DUANE (WHEC-33) circa 1970's when she was at Portland, Maine

When she was finally decommissioned in 1985 she was the oldest military vessel in service.




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We had that really nice INGHAM Vietnam patch posted on page 2, here are two of her other patches

The U-Boat killer USCGC INGHAM (WHEC-35) in service 1936-1988 http://www.uscg.mil/history/weboralhistory/Ingham_Colbert_Carter.asp


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Really like the Duane and Bibb pieces.1937 to 1985?Man,the CG sure gets their "moneys worth" out of their ships!

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941




" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning



Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell



Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw



" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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The Lone Ranger - Fisheries Patrol Enforcement

ex-USN Barnegat class seaplane tender USCGC UNIMAK (WHEC-379) in service 1943 to 1988 http://www.uscg.mil/tcyorktown/info/History/Cutters/unimak.asp

This is her reactivation patch from 1977 when she was assigned to fisheries patrol out of New Bedford, Mass.

WHEC 379 USCGC UNIMAK 1977 001.jpg

WHEC 379 USCGC UNIMAK 1977 002.jpg

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ex-USN Barnegat class seaplane tender USCGC CASTLE ROCK (WHEC-383) in service 1944 to 1971 (part of USCG Squadron 3) and then....

Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 21 December 1971 Transferred to South Vietnam, renamed RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5), Fled from Vietnam at the fall of Saigon in circa 1975
Custody assumed by Philippines circa 1975, renamed BRP Francisco Dagahoy (PF-10) Decommissioned by Philippine Navy, date unknown Final Disposition, disposed of, probably scrapped, in March 1993



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180' Buoy Tenders SPAR (WLB-403) 1944-1997 and ACACIA (WLB-406) 1944-2006, now a museum ship


Depend On Me Semper Peratus Always Ready - SPAR http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Spar1944.asp

Sentinel of the Door ACACIA Door County Wisconsin http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/acacia1944.pdf

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180' Buoy Tenders USCGC BRAMBLE (WLB-392) 1990's and USCGC SALVIA (WLB-400) 1980's

BRAMBLE was decommissioned in 2003 and SALVIA in 1991.


SALVIA was returned to the Navy and became the USN Salvage school vessel at Little Creek, VA

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Salvage Sailor thank you for taking the time to scan and upload all of those beauties.This thread 5 years from now will still be around and teaching the young collectors if you take your time and have a love of the hobby just what you can achieve.Great looking insignia to an under appreciated branch of service.Thanks Scotty



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Thanks Scotty,


When I was clearing out some stuff in my warehouse I came across these which had been sitting around since the 1990's. Quite a pleasant surprise when I realized how many were in there. I'm almost done with the WLB's, what do you guys want to see next? I've got all classes of ships, groups, stations, aviation, districts, schools etc. Lots of photos and ephemera too.


Please members, add your own stuff to the topic. Garth, I know you have a WLB or two in your stash including the BALSAM and Patchcollector has the RUSH


Below - Fleet Tug CHEROKEE and high endurance cutter RUSH when she was homeported at San Francisco


USCGC RUSH WHEC 723 01.jpg

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USCGC JUNIPER (WLB-201) - This is her plankowner patch and first station patch from 1996. Probably the newest patches in the stash.


The USCGC COWSLIP (WLB-277) patches are current gluebacks which I picked up recently, she was decommissioned in 2002. The USCGC SPAR (WLB-206), not to be confused with the SPAR previously posted, is also modern glueback as it is from her 2001 Commissioning and she is still in service homeport Kodiak, Alaska The Aleutian Keeper http://www.uscg.mil/d17/cgcspar/

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WLB Buoy Tenders 015.jpg

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