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Here are a few of my USCG flat hats. I’m not sure of the age on the two blue ones, but the white one was used in the 60’s for sure. 

 

No name on the white one. 
 

First blue one belonged to a YN1 Puckett

 

Second blue one belonged to F. Wertsbaugh. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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The blue one named to Puckett, feels like WW2 (era). The way he wrote his rate Y2, then Y1/c were the pre and WW2 ways of writing Yeoman Second Class and Yeoman First Class. Not sure about the other one. 

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My grandfather was in the Coast Guard during Vietnam at USCG Air Station Elizabeth City. He has the white one in is shadowbox. One of these day's I'll surprise him with a recreation of his jumper. He remembered how the navy guys on shore leave in Norfolk would joke with him and his fellow coasties about the Donald Duck caps!

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Where these Navy Blue Caps still issued in the Coast Guard after WWII like the Navy one?

 

The White top one was way past the early 60s as seen here in 1967 on Jeff Bridges.

 

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While digging through the ole cache, I located Y1/c Puckett’s leggings. Here they are. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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On 10/4/2020 at 9:57 PM, patches said:

Where these Navy Blue Caps still issued in the Coast Guard after WWII like the Navy one?

 

The White top one was way past the early 60s as seen here in 1967 on Jeff Bridges.

 

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I recall my grandfather (USCG during Vietnam) saying they did not have the navy blue ones during that time, retaining the whites. I'll email him tomorrow to confirm.

 

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Well, I couldn’t help myself. I had to buy another. My first one is a 6 3/4 and a bit snug on my noggin. This one is a 6 7/8. Plus, I like even numbers. 🤪

 

 I wish I’d have taken before and after photos as the cover looks incredible now compared to how I received it. I worked pretty hard to achieve what you see now. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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Second photo came out distorted. 

R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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One more time. 

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R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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On 10/4/2020 at 8:57 PM, patches said:

Where these Navy Blue Caps still issued in the Coast Guard after WWII like the Navy one?

 

The White top one was way past the early 60s as seen here in 1967 on Jeff Bridges.

 

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Not sure when the CG dropped the blue cap. But the white ones were worn until 1975, when the CG changed their entire uniform. 

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I was told that the one I just bought is from the 70’s because of the adjustable metal band within the tubular grommet. 
 

For as sharp as these look, they are not as comfortable to wear as the older more flexible blue hats. I think I have met my quota on the flat hats. Two blues and two whites are enough.  Maybe it’s time for a WWII CPO visor. The look of that anchor without the black backing has always looked classy to me. 

R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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12 hours ago, TheCrustyBosun said:

I was told that the one I just bought is from the 70’s because of the adjustable metal band within the tubular grommet. 
 

For as sharp as these look, they are not as comfortable to wear as the older more flexible blue hats. I think I have met my quota on the flat hats. Two blues and two whites are enough.  Maybe it’s time for a WWII CPO visor. The look of that anchor without the black backing has always looked classy to me. 

I agree on the WW2 CPO uniforms. I also like the look of the Combination Cap anchor without the black backing. Prefer the 8 button blues and whites too. 

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3 minutes ago, sigsaye said:

I agree on the WW2 CPO uniforms. I also like the look of the Combination Cap anchor without the black backing. Prefer the 8 button blues and whites too. 


8 buttons for sure!  One of the details I like about WWII uniforms are right arm and left arm rates. 

R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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8 hours ago, TheCrustyBosun said:


8 buttons for sure!  One of the details I like about WWII uniforms are right arm and left arm rates. 

I was a Signalman, so would have been Right Arm. Interestingly, when the USN dropped the 8 button CPO blues, they did not change the CPO white coat. It remained 8 button (medium buttons, vice the large buttons on Officer and 6 button coats. Loved those. 

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I struck BM. The USCG merged BM and QM together in 2004. Years before that, they merged QM and Signalman. 

R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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