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Named WWII Submarine Chief's Uniform-Served on the USS Rock

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Earlier this year I got the blue jacket to CY (Chief Yeoman) Basil R. Lyon off eBay. Geoff at Golden Arrow Research was able to get his record for me as well. CY Lyon had an interesting career! He enlisted in the Navy in 1939 for a six-year enlistment. Prior to the US entry into the war he served aboard the USS Ranger and the USS Texas. In April 1943 he transferred from the USS Texas to submarine training in New London, CT. He trained on the USS O-3, a Navy training sub. In Oct 1943 he reported aboard the USS Rock (SS-274), a Gato-class submarine, for her commissioning. He served aboard the Rock for the rest of the war, completing all six wartime patrols she did, two of which were considered successful by ComSubPac. In Dec 1945 when his six year enlistment was up he chose to leave the Navy and continue on with his life. Using his records I was able to restore his jacket with the ribbons and submarine combat patrol pin he rated. I tried to put them as close to the original holes as I could. The uniform came with the patched insignia already on it, which includes the excellent enlisted Submarine Warfare patch on his right sleeve. The trousers are not his but a set I got to complete the uniform. All I need now is a Chief's combination cap, if anyone has one please let me know! CY Lyon had some truly amazing service, serving aboard an aircraft carrier, battleship, and submarine!

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Here is his uniform. I'm not sure why some of the pictures oriented to the side...

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The Submarine Warfare patch.

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Some excerpts from his service record.

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Beautiful. Love the 8 button CPO uniform (wish we could have worn that rather than the 6 button Officer style). Great job. Thank you for sharing.

 

I have a post war SMC uniform that belong to a Sailor who, according to the ribbons enlisted during WW2, then stayed in the reserves until the early 1960s. But, sadly, no name in either coat or trousers.

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Another terrific grouping, another tiny bit of history saved, another "nicely done"! Thanks for sharing.

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I was watching that on Ebay and knew it was a real dandy and glad you were able to get his records and restore it correctly. Congrats!

 

Kurt


My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

 

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Thats a great uniform. Comissioning crew on a Manitowac boat, that's pretty cool as well.

 

The Rock was sure a hard luck boat... when you read the history of their war patrols they seemed to have had a heck of a time. I wish more info was available regarding the sub being struck by a dud torpedo, I bet that's an interesting story as well.


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That is a fantastic uniform! Thanks for sharing it with us

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Great uniform! Nice to see it all together. Love the bullion on it.


Looking for anything related to WWII ETO gliders and pilots, uniforms, photos, etc. I am also looking for 8th AF B-17 crew uniforms and gear.








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Thats a great uniform. Comissioning crew on a Manitowac boat, that's pretty cool as well.

 

The Rock was sure a hard luck boat... when you read the history of their war patrols they seemed to have had a heck of a time. I wish more info was available regarding the sub being struck by a dud torpedo, I bet that's an interesting story as well.

You know one thing I was thinking as I was researching this uniform and the Rock was what constituted a successful wartime patrol? During the Rock's fourth war patrol she had her only confirmed sinking of the war, the Takasago Maru No. 7, however this patrol was not considered successful.

 

Also thanks for the comments everyone!

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You know one thing I was thinking as I was researching this uniform and the Rock was what constituted a successful wartime patrol? During the Rock's fourth war patrol she had her only confirmed sinking of the war, the Takasago Maru No. 7, however this patrol was not considered successful.

 

Also thanks for the comments everyone!

. My father retired from the Navy in 1967. So, most of his peer group were WW2 vets. His last Chief had been a submariner during the war. He was very claustrophobic. He always had been. He was depth charged twice during the war. When the war was over, he stayed in the Navy, but disqualified himself from Submarines (Still wore Dolphins). I asked him why he went into subs at all. He said, there was a war , thats where he was needed. Anyway, his definition of a Successful Patrol, was coming back from it.

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I have read about what constituted an successful patrol which would qualify stars on the submarine badge. I can´t remember where right now but I have quite a library on WWII submarines. As I remember it was a judgement call on part of the sub higher command in Pearl?? How many ships should of this submarine sank, how many opportunities for combat, how diligent the commander was in attempting to sink vessels, etc. Sorry I can´t be more specific right now.

 

Love the tunic.

 

Kurt

 

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I like it. I threw in an early bid but backed down; no more wool for awhile! If you're into sub stuff, picking up a Yeoman rating is tough. Typically only one per boat on WWII war patrol.


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A fine coat. Great add-on restoration. Outstanding records. The sucessful/unsucessful war patrol is news to me. I've always thought that the stars on the submarine combat clasp were automatic for the completion of a war patrol. Live & learn! Semper Fi - Bobgee


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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A fine coat. Great add-on restoration. Outstanding records. The sucessful/unsucessful war patrol is news to me. I've always thought that the stars on the submarine combat clasp were automatic for the completion of a war patrol. Live & learn! Semper Fi - Bobgee

I thought that too, wasn't until I got his record where I found out that wasn't the case.

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