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And then there's the USS SERRANO (AGS-24). She was a Fleet Tug (ATF-112), a WWII and China occupation vet decommissioned in 1950. While her Salvage sister's were recommissioned for Korean combat service, she sat out the 1950's but was then specifically recommissioned in 1960 as a shallow water survey ship to remap the Pacific waters. Unlike the other AGS types which were much larger and dedicated to scientific endeavors, SERRANO still had her Fleet Tug armament, 3" gun, 40 mm's, 20 mm's, .50 cals and small arms. Perfect for an Indochina holiday cruise. She spent many a day cruising the waterways of Vietnam from Da Nang to Vung Tau to Hue peacefully surveying the coastlines and rivers along with those of disputed Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese territories. She was awarded six Vietnam campaign stars and decommissioned in 1970 after a job well done.
USS SERRANO (AGS-24) ex-ATF112
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Plaque is resin and hand painted.

Patch is PI made and rocker is U.S. made.

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Here is one of my plaques it's from my first ship I was station on right out of boot camp. The USS Proteus AS-19 a sub tender was home ported in Guam at Polaris Point when I was on it. I had the birth date and the time of death put on it. Was like being on a piece of history when aboard it was in Tokyo bay when WW2 ended.

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Vietnam made plaque.Not sure what WHITE HAT AIRLINES is.977edd93ac2218e23c6c80bc26881a5c.jpg

"White Hat", refers to enlisted sailors E-6 and below.


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Hi,

this is my one and only plaque, this and the insignia were given to me by a friend who retired as a captain in the 1980s. Jed began his flying career as a TACO with VP2 in 1964 flying in Neptunes.

He visited Norway a few years ago and gave me his unused 1962 contract G-1 jacket.

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Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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"White Hat", refers to enlisted sailors E-6 and below.

Thanks Lee.I know any one below a CPO(E-7 - E-9) wore the Dixie cup hats. But I wouldn't think Seamen & PO's would have their own aircraft.


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Thanks Lee.I know any one below a CPO(E-7 - E-9) wore the Dixie cup hats. But I wouldn't think Seamen & PO's would have their own aircraft.

They didn't have their own aircraft. This would have been in reference to being transported via air by a particular squadron. In the same vein as Pacific Airline (PSA), being known as "Poor Sailors Airlines"


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They didn't have their own aircraft. This would have been in reference to being transported via air by a particular squadron. In the same vein as Pacific Airline (PSA), being known as "Poor Sailors Airlines"

Thank you guys. Yup Space Available is how I flew from the PI to Korea & back.Also how I got stuck on Okinawa for 2 days.


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I found this nice brass re-commissioning plague for the USS Iowa BB-61. This one is really nicely made, heavy weight. I like the BBs a lot.

 

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