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USS HAVERFIELD (DE/DER-393) Edsall class in service 1943 to 1969. Atlantic fleet U Boat killer. Converted to a radar picket (DER) in 1954 to serve with CORTRON FIVE.


Market Time Vietnam - Bagged the largest trawler seized during Market Time operations


A 100-foot (30 m), steel-hulled North Vietnamese trawler C-187, attempting to infiltrate "Market Time" patrols with a large cargo of arms and ammunition for the Viet Cong, was detected by the USCGC Point League (WPB-82304) near the mouth of the Cổ Chiên River in the Mekong Delta. A chase and fire fight followed, during which the Coast Guard cutter forced the enemy trawler aground and the enemy abandoned the burning ship. After wiping out enemy shore resistance, "Market Time" units, including the Haverfield, sent volunteers on board to fight fires and salvage the captured cargo. While American and South Vietnamese teams extinguished the fires, other volunteers offloaded almost 80 tons of ammunition and arms, including mortars, recoilless rifles, machine guns, and antitank weapons. This represented the largest seizure of the "Market Time" operation and thwarted a determined attempt by the North Vietnamese to supply the Viet Cong


One battle star WWII, Six campaign stars Vietnam service


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Crosley class high speed transport conversion USS WEISS (APD-135), ex-Rudderow class DE-719 in service 1945 to 1970



My father in law served on the Weiss in 1964. I just ran across these two patches from his time onboard her.



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USS DEALEY (DE1006) Class leader in service 1954 to 1972. The first post-WWII built escorts, this interim class of DE's had a short service life due to mechanical and other design problems.


Samuel David Dealey was born on 13 September 1906 in Dallas, Tex. and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1930. He served in USS Nevada (BB 36) before training for submarine duty. At the outbreak of WWII he was in command of S-20, and assumed command of the new USS Harder (SS 257) upon her commissioning in December of 1942. Commander Dealey guided his submarine deep into enemy waters, wreaking destruction on Japanese shipping. He won four Navy Crosses, the Silver Star, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded Harder for heroism in combat. On his fifth war patrol, for which he received the Medal of Honor, Commander Dealey pressed home a series of bold and daring attacks. Harder sank five Japanese destroyers, most with very close range "down the throat shots." On 24 August 1944, while on her sixth patrol, Harder was lost with all hands off the island of Luzon during a depth charge attack.
USS Dealey (DE 1006) (1954-1972) was the first ship named in Commander Dealey’s honor.


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USS BAGLEY (DE/FF-1069) Knox class in service 1972 to 1991, Motto: Fleet's Finest. Cold Warrior

Gulf of Sidra "Line of Death", Operation Praying Mantis, Persian Gulf service


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USS BAGLEY (DE-1069) Knox class in service 1972 to 1991, Motto: Fleet's Finest. Cold Warrior, Gulf of Sidra "Line of Death", Operation Praying Mantis, Persian Gulf


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1972 to 1974 DE-1069 Patch made by Hilborn Hamburger, she was redesignated as FF-1069 in 1975


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American post 1975 patch probably made by Swiss Tex


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USS BAGLEY (FF-1069) A GANG Engineering (Snipes) patch, 12" wide.  

Your local handi-man, We handle the load....when no one else can


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USS MARSH (DE-699) Buckley class in commissioned service 1944 to 1962, Naval Reserve training ship 1962 to 1969. Named after Ensign Benjamin R. Marsh, Jr., USNR, who was killed on board the battleship Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.


North Africa, Southern Italy, Southern France (Dragoon), Marianas, Okinawa, Inchon, Masan, Pusan, Formosa Patrol, Yellow Sea,

Korean Blockade.


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USS MARSH (DE-699) Embroidered version 1950's


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USS BRIDGET (DE-1024) Dealey class destroyer escort in service 1957 to 1973, assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet Cruiser-Destroyer Force as a unit of Escort Squadron 3 at San Diego, Cal


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Note the Trident and Crook of CORTRON THREE in the upper left of the patches


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She was named for Francis Joseph Bridget, a naval aviator who served on the Commander's Staff of Patrol Wing 10 during the Japanese attack on the Philippines on 8 December 1941. He was taken prisoner with the American forces on Bataan and was killed 15 December 1944 when a Japanese prison ship in which he was embarked was sunk off Olongapo, Luzon, Philippine Islands.


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USS EVANS (DE-1023) Dealey class in service 1957 to 1968. This class of destroyer escorts were the first post-World War II escort ships built for the Navy and all of them were withdrawn from active service in the late 1960's and assigned to the Naval Reserve force. By 1973 all thirteen were decommissioned and scrapped and replaced by the Knox Class DE's coming into service.


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USS EVANS (DE-1023) Dealey class in active service 1957 to 1968. EVANS was assigned to CORTRON 3, CORTDIV 31, homeport San Diego. Despite her very short service life EVANS had a very busy career in the Taiwan Straits Patrol (Quemoy Matsu) and at Yankee Station during the Vietnam War.  She received five Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals and seven Vietnam Service Medals


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USS EVANS (DE-1023) Dealey class in active service 1957 to 1968. "Uletsu-Ya-Sti" (Bold Warrior, in Cherokee)


Slightly faster and larger than the WWII escort destroyers they succeeded, the Dealey class were fitted with twin-mounted 3-inch (76 mm) guns, anti-submarine (ASW) rockets, a depth charge rack and six depth charge launchers. There were later modernizations that removed the ASW rockets and the depth charges in favor of nuclear-capable anti-submarine rocket launchers and torpedo mounts which fired lighter homing torpedoes. A large SQS 23 sonar was refitted in a bow sonar dome and most of the class were also fitted with a hangar and landing pad for DASH drone helicopters to deliver MK 44 and Mk 46 torpedoes. The drone helicopters proved very unreliable and their failure contributed to the relatively short life of the class.


In September, 1968, she was assigned to the Naval Reserve Force (NRF) as a unit of Reserve Destroyer Squadron 27 at Seattle, Washington. She was eventually decommissioned on 3 December 1973 and was sold for scrap in 1974


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USS BAUER (DE-1025) Dealey class in service 1957 to 1973, Escort Squadron Three (CortRon 3) San Diego.  Named for Lieutenant Colonel Harold William Bauer, naval aviator and recipient of the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 in the South Pacific between 10 May and 14 November 1942.

USS BAUER received two battle stars for Vietnam service at Yankee Station.




1960's & 1970's version of her patch












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USS DOWNES (DE/FF-1070) Knox class destroyer escort/fast frigate in service 1971 to 1992.  Reclassified as (FF-1070) in 1975




Hilborn Hamburger circa 1975




US made by Hilborn-Hamburger






US made unknown maker, late Cold War 1990-ish




USS DOWNES (DE/FF-1070) Both pre and post 1975 Hilborn Hamburger versions


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USS DOWNES (DE-1070) pre 1975 version by Hilborn Hamburger


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USS MALOY (DE/EDE-791) Buckley class destroyer escort in service 1943 to 1965.  Her conversion to an APD was cancelled in 1943 and commissioned as a DE she provided convoy escort duties in the Atlantic.  On D-Day, 6 June 1944, MALOY supported operations off Omaha Beach.  She continued to patrol off the Normandy coast and among the Channel Islands for the remainder of the war, raiding enemy shipping whenever possible. With the capitulation of Germany on 8 May 1945, she escorted the first convoy to re-enter Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. The destroyer escort then returned to the United States, arriving on 18 June 1945.


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Operational Development Force, 1946–1965, New London, CT

In May 1946 MALOY commenced working for Operational Development Force, New London Detachment, and was redesignated EDE-791 on 14 August 1946. For the next 18 years, Maloy played a large role in the ever-changing Navy, primarily testing and evaluating experimental equipment in connection with various projects of the Underwater Sound Laboratory. While testing the new equipment, Maloy continued to fulfill regular duties, which included service as a school and training ship for the Fleet Sonar School at Key West, and participated in anti-submarine warfare, convoy, and other fleet exercises.


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On 12/23/2013 at 7:05 AM, Bearmon said:

USS Ainsworth FF 1090 My first Ship




USS AINSWORTH (DE-1090) Knox class destroyer escort/fast frigate in service 1973 to 1994.  Reclassified as FF-1090 in 1975








Swiss-Tex Commissioning Patch circa 1973





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USS THOMAS J GARY (DE-326) Edsall class in service 1943 to 1973









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USS PHARRIS (DE-1094/FF-1094) Knox class destroyer escort/frigate in service 1974 to 1992

Named after 'Gunner' Jackson Charles Pharris, Medal of Honor USS CALIFORNIA December 7th, 1941



Jackson Charles Pharris was born in Columbus, Georgia on 26 June 1912. Entering the Navy from the state of California, he moved upward through the ranks. On 7 December 1941, he was stationed in USS California at the Pearl Harbor Naval Station in Hawaii. His citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while attached to the USS California during the surprise enemy Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941. In charge of the ordnance repair party on the third deck when the first Japanese torpedo struck almost directly under his station, Lt. (then Gunner) Pharris was stunned and severely injured by the concussion which hurled him to the overhead and back to the deck. Quickly recovering, he acted on his own initiative to set up a hand-supply ammunition train for the antiaircraft guns. With water and oil rushing in where the port bulkhead had been torn up from the deck, with many of the remaining crewmembers overcome by oil fumes, and the ship without power and listing heavily to port as a result of a second torpedo hit, Lt. Pharris ordered the shipfitters to counterflood. Twice rendered unconscious by the nauseous fumes and handicapped by his painful injuries, he persisted in his desperate efforts to speed up the supply of ammunition and at the same time repeatedly risked his life to enter flooding compartments and drag to safety unconscious shipmates who were gradually being submerged in oil. By his inspiring leadership, his valiant efforts and his extreme loyalty to his ship and her crew, he saved many of his shipmates from death and was largely responsible for keeping California in action during the attack. His heroic conduct throughout this first eventful engagement of World War II reflects the highest credit upon Lieutenant Pharris and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service".



Photo: President Harry Truman presents the Medal of Honor to three former servicemen, in ceremonies at the White House on 25 June 1948. Recipients are (left to right): Lieutenant Commander Jackson Charles Pharris, USN (Ret); Pharmacist's Mate First Class Francis Junior Pierce, USN; and Staff Sergeant John R. Crews, U.S. Army. (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-705728 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)






Her hard to find DE-1094 commissioning patch circa 1974.  She was redesignated as FF-1094 a year later in 1975.










10 June 1978: the Baltic Sea - A Soviet "GOLF II" class SSBN is seen underway off Denmark, near Copenhagen, escorted by the USS Pharris (FF 1094). The two ships encountered each other while the sub was transiting the Baltic, and the frigate was operating with the Standing Naval Force, Atlantic.

(U.S. Navy Photo #USN 1174477 from the United States National Archives)









Swiss-Tex ships's store patch cold war era


In 1986 the Pharris while assigned to the USS America (CV-66) Battle group assisted in Operation El Dorado Canyon (The 1986 United States bombing of Libya) which commenced early on the afternoon of 14 April 1986.  At the conclusion of this operation the Pharris was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation.




During the 1987-1988 Mediterranean cruise, Pharris escorted Mighty Servant 2 carrying the mine damaged USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) from the entrance of the Persian Gulf to about halfway up the Red Sea. Pharris was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for its part in Operation Earnest Will (The Tanker war in the Gulf).




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Decommissioning patch 1992


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USS GRAY (DE-1054) Knox class in service 1970 to 1991



Summer 1973: the Gulf of Tonkin - USS Gray (DE 1054) is being refueled off the coast of Vietnam.



(U.S. Navy photo #NH 103802 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)

Ross Franklin Gray was born to Benjamin Franklin and Carrie Clyde (Wood) Gray in Marvel Valley, Alabama on 01 August 1920. He attended the elementary schools of Bibb County and went on to Centreville High School, which he left in 1939 after attending for three years. He went to work for his father as a carpenter. He had already worked at that trade part-time for three years and now worked another three years before he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve. He played football and basketball at Centreville High and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a devout Protestant; so much that in fact, in the Marine Corps he was called "The Deacon." Gray enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in Birmingham, Alabama on 22 July 1942, and was assigned to active duty the same day. After receiving his recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he went to New River, North Carolina, and in September joined the 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division. Promoted to private first class in April 1943, he was transferred to Company A, 1st Battalion 25th Marines, a month later. Private First Class Gray left for overseas duty on January 13, 1944 and landed at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands where he took part in the Roi-Namur campaign. He was made an engineering corporal in March and in June made another assault landing — this time at Saipan. At the conclusion of the fighting at Saipan, Cpl. Gray took part in the landing on Tinian Island, also in the Marianas.




With his unit, he next took part in the bitter battle for Iwo Jima. On 21 February 1945, northeast of Airfield Number One, Gray cleared a path through heavily mined area, then, while continually under fire, attacked and destroyed six Japanese emplacements with satchel charges. Although he remained unscratched through his twelve trips back and forth among enemy mines, constantly under heavy fire, Sgt. Gray was killed six days later, on 27 February 1945, by an enemy shell which inflicted fatal wounds in his legs. For his personal valor, daring tactics, and tenacious perseverance in the face of extreme peril on 21 February, Sgt. Gray was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. Sergeant Gray was initially buried in the 4th Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, but later his remains were returned to the United States for private burial in the Ada Chapel Bible Methodist Church Cemetery in Woodstock, Alabama.  USS Gray (DE 1054) was the first ship named in his honor.





19 November 1966: Seattle, Wash. - The keel of the future USS Gray (DE 1054) is laid at Todd Shipyard Corp. - Seattle.
(U.S. Navy Photo #1119343 from the United States National Archives)






Battle "E" Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (Multiple)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal (Awarded for Loma Prieta Earthquake Servies, 1989






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