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Unknown US or Foreign patch: USN Minesweeper


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I think it's a early US Navy rating patch

 

Thank you, it is indeed an old Navy rating patch, I found this and I quote "The navy disallowed this Mine Sweeper Personnel patch in 1943, yet that did not prevent its use in the fleet during the war. (source: LJ Militaria)." I found the info at this web site

http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/2012/06/30/breaking-from-tradition-navy-shoulder-sleeve-insignia/

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  • 4 weeks later...

Hello

Even if the patch has been disallowed (for official reasons), do you know if this patch is popular and common or not?

Thanks

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Salvage Sailor

This was a standard symbol emblazoned on the bows of many USN minesweepers in the pre-WWII years.

 

Minesweeper were found to be extremely versatile vessels in the 1930's and they were often utilized for primary purposes other than minesweeping.

 

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Those that were minesweepers had the tri-color roundel


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Those that were assigned to submarine rescue had the Black Fish symbol

 

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Those that were assigned as seaplane tenders had the air service star roundel

 

 

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This was the distinguishing mark for Mine Force. As Salvage Sailor said, many sweepers of the 1920s-1930s had them prominently painted on the bow.

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