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I hope you don't mind me adding one that I picked up today - This is my first "Polar" patch - this could be my next addiction

 

Bill

 

Very nice USCG Arctic cruise patch Bill, one I've never seen

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HC-1 DET 41 aboard the Wind class Icebreaker USS BURTON ISLAND (AGB-1) 1965 & 1966 On her last USN Antarctica Cruise flying a Bell helicopter

 

She was in USN service from 1946 to 1966. She then joined the Coast Guard as (WAGB-283) until 1978

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Operation Deep Freeze 1/8" thick leather patch circa 1962

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Amundsen Scott station (1957–1975)
The original South Pole station, now referred to as "Old Pole", was constructed by an 18-man United States Navy crew during 1956–1957. The crew landed on site in October 1956 and was the first group to overwinter at the South Pole, during 1957. The low temperature recorded during 1957 was −74 °C (−101 °F). These temperatures, combined with low humidity and low air pressure, are survivable only with specialized equipment.
On January 3, 1958, Sir Edmund Hillary's team from New Zealand, part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, reached the station over land from Scott Base, followed shortly by Sir Vivian Fuchs' British scientific component.
The buildings of Old Pole were assembled from prefabricated components delivered to the South Pole by air and airdropped. They were originally built on the surface, with covered wood-framed walkways connecting the buildings. Although snow accumulation in open areas at the South Pole is approximately 8 in (20 cm) per year, wind-blown snow accumulates much more quickly in the vicinity of raised structures. By 1960, three years after the construction of the station, it had already been buried by 6 ft (1.8 m) of snow.
The station was abandoned in 1975 and became deeply buried, with the pressure causing the mostly wooden roof to cave in. The station was demolished in December 2010, after an equipment operator fell through the structure doing snow stability testing for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The area was being vetted for use as a campground for NGO guests.

 

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Older Antarctic Support Activities Detachment Alfa patch made by Hilborn Hamburger

 

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Grouping from scientist who served on Admiral Byrd's flagship, USS/USNS WYANDOT (AKA-92) on Deep Freeze I and II.  After WYANDOT finished her duty with Operation SUNEC, she brought the Byrd expedition to the pole to establish the Little America base.

 

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Metal Disks and Canvas South Pole Patch

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Byrd Antarctica Patch

 

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Photo: Admiral Byrd aboard Wyandot 1955

 

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His cut edge Task Force 43 patch

 

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and his cut edge AIRDEVRON 6 patch (Puckered Penguins)

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A nice pick came in today, got a pair of these on the cards USS Wyandotte AKA 92 looks like service at both ends of the world.

She was a T AKA from 1962 on so this patch is a 50's or early 60's vintage.

 

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Here is another one I picked up it is a USNS but an EX USS ship the USS Redbud a nice Japanese made patch.

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1970's Task Force 199 Antarctica the Final Frontier

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Operation Deep Freeze 1957 - Advance Base Task Unit 5.1

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The End of Deep Freeze

 

Naval Support Force Antarctica

Disestablishment Ceremony March 12, 1998

Port Hueneme, California

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NARL 25th Anniversary, National Arctic Research Laboratory 1947-1972

6" patch 1972 from a Scientist at NARL

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Grouping from scientist who served on Admiral Byrd's flagship, USS/USNS WYANDOT (AKA-92) on Deep Freeze I and II after WYANDOT finished her duty with Operation SUNEC.

WYANDOT brought the Byrd expedition to the pole to establish the Little America base.

 

10" x 14" Photo from the grouping

 

USNS WYANDOT Antarctica

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Reposting this one from the same year, same detachment

 

Now that we've seen two different colors for the same detachment, is there something significant about Blue and Red in regard to their duties?

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I've always understood NASU to be Naval Aviation Support Unit Iwakuni (now MCAS Iwakuni)

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VXE-6 Puckered Penguins - ANTARCTIC DEVRON SIX 1969 to 1999 Decommissioning Patch

 

Operation Deepfreeze - Courage, Sacrifice, Devotion

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