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Wishful thinking or an error patch? The patch on the left is the 13th District Station at Chetco River.

Gateway to the 14th District? Brah, it's a long way to Hawaii.....

Station USCG Chetco River 13th District 001.jpg

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Hamilton Class - The first jet powered High Endurance Cutters

 

The 12 Hamilton class High Endurance Cutters were commissioned from 1967 to 1972. The first Hamilton was a Treasury class WHEC torpedoed and sunk by U-132 in 1942. Her namesake and class leader USCGC HAMILTON was in service from 1967 to 2011. The Hamilton's were unique in that they were the first U.S. military vessels to employ the now common shipboard application of aircraft gas turbine jet engines with the use of controllable pitch propellers.

 

WHEC 715 USCGC HAMILTON 001.jpg

 

USCGC HAMILTON (WHEC-715) Her old and new crests

WHEC 715 USCGC HAMILTON 002a.jpg

WHEC 715 USCGC HAMILTON 003.jpg

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1970's Engineering Department- riding the jet turbines - USCGC MELLON (WHEC-717) when she was homeported in Honolulu at Sand Island

WHEC 717 USCGC MELLON 001.jpg

 

USCGC MELLON (WHEC-717) at her current homeport, Seattle Washington

WHEC 717 USCGC MELLON 002.jpg

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USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718) When she was homeported at Boston The patch on the lower left is 1970's and the right is 1980's

You can tell the difference not only by the shades of blue - the older version has the hull number 718 on the side of the jet turbine

WHEC 718 USCGC CHASE 001.jpg

WHEC 718 USCGC CHASE 002.jpg

 

USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718) when she left Boston she was assigned to San Pedro, CA (1991) which is the first patch and welcome. She then shifted ports in 1997 to San Diego, CA which is the second patch and welcome.

WHEC 718 USCGC CHASE 003.jpg

WHEC 718 USCGC CHASE 004.jpg

 

And this is her current patch as San Diego

WHEC 718 USCGC CHASE 005.jpg

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USCGC BOUTWELL (WHEC-719) In service 1968 to 2016, being decommissioned and transferred to the Philippine navy.

A fully embroidered 1970's patch and welcome and a 2001 patch and welcome - Dope Patrol, to South America again, and again, and again,....

WHEC 719 USCGC BOUTWELL 001.jpg

WHEC 719 USCGC BOUTWELL 002.jpg

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If another member has a USCGC SHERMAN (WHEC-720) patch please post it for us - these are the old and new welcomes

WHEC 720 USCGC SHERMAN 001.jpg

WHEC 720 USCGC SHERMAN 002.jpg

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USCGC MUNRO (WHEC-724) commissioned in 1971 - a true wanderer with multiple homeports and her share of Persian Gulf duty

WHEC 724 USCGC MUNRO 001.jpg

 

USCGC MUNRO (WHEC-724) Seattle, California 1970's

WHEC 724 USCGC MUNRO 002.jpg

 

Reverse

WHEC 724 USCGC MUNRO 003.jpg

 

From 1980 to 1989 USCGC MUNRO (WHEC-724) was homeported at Sand Island, Honolulu

WHEC 724 USCGC MUNRO 004.jpg

 

Reverse

WHEC 724 USCGC MUNRO 005.jpg

 

After Honlulu, she was assigned to Alameda for the 1990's and then to Alaska in 2007. I believe this is her Alameda patch but it may be more recent.

WHEC 724 USCGC MUNRO 006.jpg

WHEC 724 USCGC MUNRO 007.jpg

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USCGC JARVIS (WHEC-725) 70's 80's 90's Sand Island, Honolulu, Hawaii (including a JARVIC error patch)

WHEC 725 USCGC JARVIS 001.jpg

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USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC-726) San Francisco Bay (misspelled) 1970's when assigned to Alameda

The last of the 12 Hamilton (Treasury/Hero) class cutters commissioned

WHEC 726 USCGC MIDGETT 001.jpg

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Again, great stuff. I have a large USCGC MORGENTHAU (WHEC-722) too. I also have a Vietnam cruise book for the

USCGC Pontchartrain (WHEC-70).
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This is USCGC PONTCHARTRAIN (WPG-70) prior to her Vietnam tour and reclassification as WHEC-70

WHEC 70 WPG 70 USCGC PONTCHARTRAIN 001a.jpg

WHEC 70 WPG 70 USCGC PONTCHARTRAIN 002.jpg

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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

 

Awesome patch! She was an obscure vessel. My dad did a couple summer cruises on her when she was a reserve training cutter out of Yorktown in late 60s. By the time he was on TAD there in the 80s, there were zero cutters there, only a couple 41s. Sad (for me...).

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Well, to round out this discussion begun waaaaaaay back in December 2013, here is a photo of USCGC Taney taken in Hong Kong Harbor after just receiving a paint job by Hong Kong Sally's crew. We were station ship for about two weeks during our Vietnam "cruise". The patch is original still in unopened plastic envelope just as I received it. I served on Taney for about 3 years (from January 1969 to March 1972) with a short temporary assignment to USCGC Resolute about one year before discharge from active duty. Final transfer off Taney was on the day she sailed for repositioning to east coast.

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