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Unknown Patch ID: USN Minesweeper personnel


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I purchased about a dozen patches in an antique store for $4. I identified all but this one. Is this even U.S. Military or maybe some random civilian type patch? It's 2 inches tall (side to side), embroidered on a felt / wool base. Thanks!

Kim

 

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The Patch i believe is a Mine Planter, also referred to as Minecraft

I don't remember if it came before this patch or after, I think after. 

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Salvage Sailor

This was the unofficial distinguishing mark for USN Minesweeper personnel, primarily aboard Lapwing class minesweepers in the 1920' and 30's.  It was also emblazoned on the bows of several sweeps as shown on this topic here.

 

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Thanks for the enlightening information Salvage. I love learning something new.

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Salvage sailor, thanks for the extremely interesting information! Like I said before, I don't ever recall seeing this patch before. More questions:

Were mine sweepers a different group and talent and ships than the mine layers?

Kim

 

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Salvage Sailor

Many of the mine layers (or more accurately Mine Planters) were US Army boats working in concert with the Coast Artillery Corps to secure harbor defenses.

 

USN Lapwing class minesweepers were also repurposed as the first Submarine Rescue & Rescue/Salvage vessels in the 1930's (Blackfish Sailors)

 

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The USN Minesweepers were dual purpose, adept in laying, recovering or sweeping mines in harbors, channels and on the open seas.  Their talents were many in that they had to master the art of mine warfare and in the pre-war period also be versed in towing, salvage, diving, seaplane operations and the nascent submarine rescue service until the dedicated ASR & ARS type ships came into the fleet in 1941.

 

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They wore their Roundel proudly to display their mine warfare proficiency.

 

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  • 4 months later...

I HAVE HAD THIS LITTLE PATCH FOR EVER (50'S )

SEEM TO REMEMBER A WW 2 NAVY GUY SAID IT 'S WORN ON THE CUFF OF 

NAVY BLUE'S, TUNIC , 

 

AHR

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