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Here's an interesting one. President Trumans Pirate Radio Station USCGC COURIER (WTR-410), commissioned as WAGR-410 she was the only Voice of America mobile radio station from 17 July 1952 to 13 August 1964 also earning the distinction of being the longest overseas deployment. Redesignated in 1965 as WTR-410, this patch reflects her reassignment to Reserve Training at Yorktown, VA.

President Trumans' Pirate Radio Station http://www.uscg.mil/tcyorktown/info/History/Cutters/courier.asp



WTR 410 USCGC COURIER 002a.jpg

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Garth posted that terrific Woods Hole Group patch on page one, here's the White class 133' Buoy Tender that worked Woods Hole from 1950 to 1988

USCGC WHITE SAGE (WAGL-544) ATON Aids To Navigation SAR Search And Rescue tender in service 1944 to 1999 http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/White_Sage_1947.asp

WAGL 544 WHITE SAGE Woods Hole SAR 001.jpg

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One of the class of (15) 65' harbor tugs, all built for service on the US East Coast ports

USCGC HAWSER - when she was at Governors Island (New York Harbor), NY. She's currently homeported at Bayonne, NJ

65' WYTL's in service - https://www.uscg.mil/datasheet/65wytl.asp

WYTL 65610 USCGC HAWSER 001.jpg

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

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

WYTM 99 USCGC SAUK 001.jpg

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

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 001.jpg

WLIC 802 USCGC KENNEBEC Swiss Tex 002.jpg

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There have been some excellent Coast Guard patches posted here. Here is a link to Wess Wesslings fine CG patch archive with information on Coastie patches from different periods.



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