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"It's an Ace Novelty" USN & USCG Patch Manufacturers


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Salvage Sailor

Aloha Everyone,



This is a reference topic specifically for USN (or USCG) patches manufactured by Ace Novelty Tokyo, Japan, with the label attached



They were primarily suppliers to the units of the Pacific and Sixth Fleet (Staff, Surface, Aviation, Support, etc) from the late 1950's to 1980 but I've also seen their patches made for Atlantic Fleet USN commands who participated in the Indian Ocean - Persian Gulf area (Gonzo Station) during the Iran Hostage Crisis (1980) They were particular favorites of USN auxiliaries and aviation squadrons during the Vietnam War.



There are many, many Ace Novelty patches out there, especially rate/division/cruise specific and a ton for Naval Aviation units. Many of these patches are in our collections without the stick on labels as they were often removed or fell off. We may 'know' that they are Ace Novelty, but please only post those with the labels attached.



Please post any examples you have of Japanese Ace Novelty patches as a forum reference



USS TATNUCK ATA-195 In service 1945 to 1971


ATA 195 USS TATNUCK Ace Novelty 001.jpg

ATA 195 USS TATNUCK Ace Novelty 002.jpg

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Salvage Sailor

.....now, despite what I just requested of you all, here is an example of how the labels were attached to the patches. They were attached by glue which would often dry out and over time the labels would work loose.

 

USCG AIR STATION SITKA ALASKA

CGAS SITKA ALASKA Ace Novelty 001a.jpg

CGAS SITKA ALASKA Ace Novelty 002a.jpg

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Vietnam Era Naval Aviation

 

VA-165 The Boomers (note the different style tag, there were two types)

VA 165 Ace Novelty 001.jpg

VA 165 Ace Novelty 002.jpg

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Unfortunately, Ace Novelty ceased production just after the 1980 Iranian Hostage Crisis. The EISENHOWER battle group was one of their last customers as she steamed out to the Indian Ocean to establish Gonzo Station

 

USS EISENHOWER CVN-69 SSES NAVSECGRUDIV 1980 CRUISE

CVN 69 USS EISENHOWER NAVSECGRUDIV 1980 Ace Novelty 001a.jpg

CVN 69 USS EISENHOWER NAVSECGRUDIV 1980 Ace Novelty 002a.jpg

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Followed by the NIMITZ Nuclear Battle Group which placed a large order when they made a port call at Yokosuka in 1980

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ 1980 NBG Ace Novelty 001.jpg

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ 1980 NBG Ace Novelty 002.jpg

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Crossing the Equator along the way

 

USS NIMITZ CVN-68 Shellback Ceremony 1980

(notice the bag, this is how they were wrapped in 1980. I got this entire batch from a Nimitz crewman)

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ 1980 Shellback Ace Novelty 001.jpg

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ 1980 Shellback Ace Novelty 002.jpg

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Which allowed them to enjoy a Naval Tradition belayed by the teetotaller Josephus Daniels in 1914

 

They got a Beer!!!

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ 1980 Guzzler Ace Novelty 001a.jpg

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ 1980 Guzzler Ace Novelty 002a.jpg

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Salvage Sailor

USS PINTADO (SSN-672) Sturgeon class in service 1971 to 1998. 5 1/2" Ace Novelty patch from her third westpac deployment 1977-1978

SSN 672 USS PINTADO West Pac 1977 1978 Ace Novelty 001.jpg

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Reverse - Photo PINTADO with DSRV MYSTIC ready for deployement

 

"...Following her year of routine training, Pintado deployed to the Western Pacific in August 1977. She was operating with Republic of Korea Navy vessels on 6 December 1977 when a South Korean surface ship abruptly turned toward her. She executed a crash dive, but the two ships collided, and Pintado sustained damage to the top of her rudder. She returned to San Diego in February 1978...."

SSN 672 USS PINTADO West Pac 1977 1978 Ace Novelty 002.jpg

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Patchcollector

Another great reference Salvage Sailor.You can see the timeline where the company began transitioning to the "computer" generated pieces.My favorite is the Grayback patch.I saw that one on eBay and had thought about going for it.Looks like you got to it before me :lol:

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Salvage Sailor

Yep,

 

Here's another

 

USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) Seasparrow - Phalanx close in weapons system circa 1978 from a Gunners Mate

 

Reality check: The USN removed most of our guns as they were deemed "redundant" in the 1960's missile age. Around 1973 the bad guys realized that any speedboat than got under our Terrier missile or 5" 38 cal minimum range could literally run rings around our ships since the nimwits removed our 20mm and 40mm guns. Ever try to stop a torpedo or suicide boat with an M-14? Thus - the immediate implementation of the Sea Sparrow and Phalanx (gatling gun) close in weapons system.

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ Seasparrow Ace Novelty 001.jpg

CVN 68 USS NIMITZ Seasparrow Ace Novelty 002.jpg

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vintageproductions

ASMIC did a great article a few years ago by George Petersen and it was an interview with the owner of Ace Novelty and he gave a history of the company. I believe it was published shortly after the owner passed away.

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