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Salvage Sailor

Sailor, would the old WWII Navy Ship USS Biscayne have had a lighter?

Thanks.

Ronnie

 

Aloha Ronnie,

 

Unlikely as Biscayne has a short USN service life (WWII only), but quite likely during her Coast Guard service as USCGC Dexter (WAGC-385), later WAVP-385 and WHEC-385

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Thank you Sailor for the reply. I will look for one of those lighters. It will be as close as I could get I suppose.

Thanks again for the info.

Ronnie

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Charlie Flick

Time for another naval lighter. This time it is for the fabled Seventh Fleet. This standard sized lighter is a Konwal "Super".

 

Seventh Fleet Konwal.jpg

 

The reverse side bears the 3 star flag of a Vice Admiral. I don't know who the Admiral was since I don't have a good handle on when this lighter was made. I am guessing anywhere from 1955 to 1975. Can anyone narrow that down any further?

 

One thing that I liked about this one was that it came unused in its original Konwal box. It still has the Lifetime Guarantee. It shows Konwal Co., Inc. as having an address in Tokyo.

 

Seventh Fleet Konwal back.jpg

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

 

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This next one gets us back to NavAir. This Konwal "Baby" small sized lighter is for fighter squadron VF-143 known as "The Pukin' Dogs". That name refers to the winged chimera with its mouth open, which someone thought closely resembled a dog in digestive distress. The name stuck. Its motto "Sans Reproache" means without reproach.

 

VF-143 Pukin Dogs Konwal.jpg

 

This Squadron is still operational today, although re-designated as VFA-143, and is based at Oceana NAS flying F/A18-Es. This lighter, however, is a Viet Nam era item as revealed by the back side with its engraved image of an F-4 Phantom II. That helps to date this lighter as anywhere between 1962 when 1974. Although is traces its lineage back to the early 1950s, the Squadron was re-designated as VF-143 in 1962 when it started to transition to the Phantom.

 

VF-143 Pukin Dogs back.jpg

 

The Pukin' Dogs had a remarkable seven deployments to South East Asia. It continued to fly the Phantom until 1974 when it became operational with the F-14 Tomcat. The photo below shows a VF-143 F4-J Phantom launching off of the USS Enterprise in 1973. I believe that this particular aircraft was shot down and its crew made POWs.

 

F-4J VF-143 launching from USS Enterprise 1973 ed.jpg

 

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Charlie

 

 

 

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Charlie Flick

The last one for this evening will be a Storm King brand lighter bearing the insignia of the USS Glennon DD-840. The Glennon was a Gearing class destroyer launched in 1945 but too late to see action in WW2. It spent most of its career in the Atlantic Fleet seeing no combat until 1972. At that time it was sent to join Task Force 77 as a naval gunfire platform off of Viet Nam.

 

USS Glennon DD-840 Storm King.jpg

 

The image below is a nice study of the Glennon, probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s.

 

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The Glennon's career came to an end when it was decommissioned in 1976. Rather than being scrapped it was sunk as a target off of Puerto Rico in 1981.

 

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Charlie

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Time for another naval lighter. This time it is for the fabled Seventh Fleet. This standard sized lighter is a Konwal "Super".

 

attachicon.gifSeventh Fleet Konwal.jpg

 

The reverse side bears the 3 star flag of a Vice Admiral. I don't know who the Admiral was since I don't have a good handle on when this lighter was made. I am guessing anywhere from 1955 to 1975. Can anyone narrow that down any further?

 

One thing that I liked about this one was that it came unused in its original Konwal box. It still has the Lifetime Guarantee. It shows Konwal Co., Inc. as having an address in Tokyo.

 

attachicon.gifSeventh Fleet Konwal back.jpg

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

 

 

When I get home from the road, I will check my Dad's lighter I posted on the first page, the shield looks similar in make, I'll see if its a Konwal, and if it has the 3 star on the back...my guess is its Japanese because at the time the Flagship was homeported in Yokuska, so that may help narrow it down...I don't recall which Flagship was first actually homeported in Yokuska. As my Dad stated, it was required they purchase stuff for the ship in Japan when homeported there.

 

I know my dad served under Admiral Moorer and Schoech while attached to COMSVNTHFLT...

 

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Salvage Sailor

Before they were NCIS.....

 

UNITED STATES NAVAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE (NIS) Naval Intelligence 1966, Penguin full case - VERITAS = Truth

 

They were an arm of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) established in 1966 and became a separate entity in 1969. It wasn't until 1992 that they became NCIS

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Tiny USN Wave lighter made by Hilborn-Hamburger to fit in a blouse pocket - Measures 1 1/4" x 7/8"

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USS PIVOT (MSO-463) Aggressive class Minesweeper in service 1954 to 1971

 

Vietnam era Market Time lighter made by Prince Rocky

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This next one gets us back to NavAir. This Konwal "Baby" small sized lighter is for fighter squadron VF-143 known as "The Pukin' Dogs". That name refers to the winged chimera with its mouth open, which someone thought closely resembled a dog in digestive distress. The name stuck. Its motto "Sans Reproache" means without reproach.

 

attachicon.gifVF-143 Pukin Dogs Konwal.jpg

 

This Squadron is still operational today, although re-designated as VFA-143, and is based at Oceana NAS flying F/A18-Es. This lighter, however, is a Viet Nam era item as revealed by the back side with its engraved image of an F-4 Phantom II. That helps to date this lighter as anywhere between 1962 when 1974. Although is traces its lineage back to the early 1950s, the Squadron was re-designated as VF-143 in 1962 when it started to transition to the Phantom.

 

attachicon.gifVF-143 Pukin Dogs back.jpg

 

The Pukin' Dogs had a remarkable seven deployments to South East Asia. It continued to fly the Phantom until 1974 when it became operational with the F-14 Tomcat. The photo below shows a VF-143 F4-J Phantom launching off of the USS Enterprise in 1973. I believe that this particular aircraft was shot down and its crew made POWs.

 

attachicon.gifF-4J VF-143 launching from USS Enterprise 1973 ed.jpg

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

 

 

 

Charlie, VF-143 was part of Carrier Air Wing 7 (tail code AG) when I was on the USS George Washington CVN-73..when I was doing indoc when I first reported aboard, a few months after commissioning, we had our training in their ready room!

 

They were F-14 Tomcats at that time.

 

Seeing this makes me wish I could have collected air wing (and KEPT, aka not lost) the Zippos I had from CVN-73..as they were the first ones the ship had...I had the enameled chrome and the brass ones..lost years ago... :(

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My Father got this Zippo Slim Lighter back in the early 1960's brought it and sent home to his mother and it sat in her dresser drawer until she died 10 years ago. The box has oddly enough seen better days but the lighter itself has never been used.

 

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Brian Keith

USS Ranger Lighter, VN Era

I picked up this lighter some time ago, no veteran history attached. It is marked, Captains Cabin Joe Coleman USS Ranger CVA-61

Lighter is marked on bottom, SHARP, SPECIAL QUALITY, JAPAN

Captain Joe Coleman was the skipper of the USS Ranger (CVA-61) operating off the coast of Viet Nam during 1969-1971.

From his Obit:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Nearly 150 Sailors, family, friends and Jacksonville community leader gathered for a memorial service, Jan. 19, to honor retired Rear Adm. Joseph "Joe" Lustrat Coleman, 91, who passed away, Jan. 14 (2014).

Coleman was born in Atlanta, Sept. 10, 1922. He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet program in 1942 and earned his wings of gold and commission as an Ensign in 1943.

Throughout his naval career, Coleman logged 3,200 flight hours and performed 550 fixed-wing landings at sea. In combat, he served aboard USS Swannee (CVE 27) during World War II, and commanded USS Mispillion (AO 105) and USS Ranger (CVA 61) during the Vietnam War. Coleman retired in 1975 after 32 years of service.

So much history in a small package. One wonders who was the person that was given this special lighter by Capt. Coleman. One of Bob Hopes performers who played the Ranger during the Christmas Season in 1969? Was it a US politician? Was it given to a sailor as a Good Job! Like the coins are nowadays? Alas, that is now lost to time.

Thanks for looking!

BKW

 

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USS PORTOBAGO (YTB-413)
(YTB-413: dp. 345 (f.); 1. 100'; b. 26'; dr. 10'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 14; class. Sasaba)
Portabago (YTB-413) was laid down 11 July 1944 by Ira Bushey and Sons, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.; launched 30 September 1944; and delivered to the Navy 11 June 1945.
Following delivery Portabago was placed in service and assigned to the Pacific Fleet for occupation service, 21 October 1945—1 September 1947. Since that time she has continued to provide tug service for Navy ships in the Yokosuka area.

 

This is exactly what you expect to see on a Tug Sailors' lighter, lots of scratches, dings and wear right through the chrome finish to expose the brass beneath. Made by Prince Rocky of Japan

Lighter USS PORTOBAGO YTM 413 Penguin 001.jpg

Yokosuka Naval Base 001.jpg

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USS PORTOBAGO (YTB-413) Assisting USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5) Flagship of the Seventh Fleet at Yokosuka Naval Base, 1962

Lighter USS PORTOBAGO YTM 413 Penguin 002.jpg

Lighter USS PORTOBAGO YTM 413 Photo.jpg

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USS PORTOBAGO (YTB-413) Assisting USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5) Flagship of the Seventh Fleet at Yokosuka Naval Base, 1962

 

My Dad was aboard the OKC when that pic was taken!

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USS PROTECTOR (AGR-11) Guardian class radar picket ship 1950's Beta lighter - These Cold War early warning radar pickets were converted liberty ships deployed to defend against the Soviets in the pre-satellite era.

 

They were posted on the high seas on long isolated duty deployments with rotating crews which rarely saw land, liberty ports or US waters.

Lighter AGR 11 USS PROTECTOR Beta 001.jpg

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Radar Picket Squadron Two 001.jpg

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USS PROTECTOR (AGR-11) Guardian class radar picket ship 1950's Beta lighter - These Cold War early warning radar pickets were converted liberty ships deployed to defend against the Soviets in the pre-satellite era.

 

They were posted on the high seas on long isolated duty deployments with rotating crews which rarely saw land, liberty ports or US waters.

 

Very nice grouping...my dad spent his last year aboard the Interdictor, AGR-13...he also spent 2.5 years in Japan attached to ComSvthFlt...he said all in all, the Interdictor was the best duty...best chow, lots of space, they even had basketball courts in the unused cargo holds. The Interdictor was homeported at Treasure Island...

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USS PENGUIN (ASR-12) Penguin class leader Submarine Rescue ship in service 1944 to 1970 - Originally laid down as Fleet Tug USS CHETCO (ATF-99)

 

1966 full size Zippo

USS PENGUIN ASR 12 1966 Zippo Lighter 01a.jpg

USS PENGUIN ASR 12 1966 Zippo Lighter 02a.jpg

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USS Richland (YFD-64/AFDM-8) was an AFDM-3-class medium auxiliary floating drydock built in California for the U.S. Navy. Originally named USS YFD-64, she was towed to the Philippines and Guam where she served until war's end. In 1946 she was placed back into service to support submarine maintenance at Guam for the next forty years.

 

YFD-64 was redesignated AFDM-8 on 1 August 1946, placed in service at Guam on 1 January 1947. The floating drydock supported Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine maintenance at Guam for over forty years. She was named USS RICHLAND on 6 April 1968.

 

US NAVSTA GUAM, APRA HARBOR
"GUAM IS GOOD", Vietnam Era Penguin Lighter and 7" Deck Jacket Patch

Vintage Guam is Good USS AFDM-8 Vietnam Era Penguin Cigarette Lighter Pat. 19531 01.jpg

Vintage Guam is Good USS AFDM-8 Vietnam Era Penguin Cigarette Lighter Pat. 19531 03.jpg

Vintage Guam is Good USS AFDM-8 Vietnam Era Penguin Cigarette Lighter Pat. 19531 05.jpg

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USS OPPORTUNE (ARS-41) Bolster class Rescue Salvage vessel in service 1945 to 1993

 

Vulcan Lighter made in Japan 1950's

USS OPPORTUNE ARS-41 Vulcan Lighter a.jpg

USS OPPORTUNE ARS-41 Vulcan Lighter b.jpg

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