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USS Skagit is Launched November 18. 1944

North Carolina Shipbuilding Company



The launching of the U.S.S. Skagit on Nov. 18, 1944, was attended by Lt. Commander A.H. Pike, of the USCGR (far left); Miss Heloise Pike, sponsor; and W.S. McMahon of the NC Shipbuilding Company (far right).


Photo: New Hanover County NC Library



INVITATION and GATE PASS
2 MAY 1945



Invitation



Gate Pass





OLD GLORY is broken out at the commissioning ceremony May 2, 1945 at the Brooklyn Shipyard, Bethlehem Steel, by Seaman Glenn Bedillion.

Image: New York World Telegram, May 7, 1945.
Contributed by the USS Skagit Reunion Assn.



New york Times May 3, 1945





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Clipping from NY Newspaper

Image: C. A. Cromer




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Letter Home
2 September 1945


Images: Robert Buckland

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Realm of the Golden Dragon Card

Golden Dragon Card 1945

Robert Joyner SK2 hand drew these cards that were issued to the crew for crossing the International Date Line.

Image: Neal Lynch Jr.



Postcards From Tokyo Japan

September 1945






Images: Tom Carlson



Ed Spigler's Postcard Home 1945



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News Clipping November 26, 1946



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Ed Spigler Y1/c Plank Owner 1945-1946



First Anniversary





This image is from the First Anniversary Dinner menu.
The menu included: Turkey Noodle Soup, Crackers, Roast Young Tom Turkey, Giblet Gravy, Sage Dressing, Butterd Asparagus Tips, Sliced Tomato Salad, Mayonnaise Dressing, Ripe Olives, Green Olives, Sliced Pickles, Hot Mince Pie A La Mode, Bread, Butter, Coffee, Cigars, Candy, and Cigarettes.




Ned Castorina's Telegram Home


San Diego June 16, 1946

Ned Castorina Telegram

Image: Ronald Castorina



USS SKAGIT BUILDERS PLAQUE



Builders Plaque


I found this on eBay.The plaque was up for auction in Hermosa Beach California and was listed as follows:


USS Skagit Builders Plaque Bethlehem.
You are bidding on a solid brass or bronze Ship Builders Plaque. Condition : Excellent for it's age ! There is some house paint and it has tarnished over the years but there are no cracks or big scratches. This plaque measures approx: 24.5" x 15" 1/4" thick 22 Lbs. and seemed to have been origionally chrome plated . This would restore so nice !!!!


May 21, 2001
Jim Harless made a heroic effort to get this plaque for the Association's archives, beating out all bidders.
At the last moment, it was withdrawn because the reserve price wasn't met.





USS SKAGIT LAPEL PIN



USS Skagit Lapel Pin



GATOR NAVY PATCH



Gator Navy Patch



SHOULDER PATCH



Shoulder Patch



SHIP'S PATCH







WWII Naval Amphibious Patch



Image: Dave Skeahan



PHIBRON FIVE PATCH







BOSN'S PIPE



Bosn Pipe



USS Skagit Laundry Pin


Laundry Pin




PT. BARROW 1948



AKA 105 Point Barrow Alaska 1948

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MITTENS FROM THE PRIB KIT



Mittens


In early 1948, the cargo ship was fitted out to make a polar expedition. On 26 July, Skagit departed the United States with the Point Barrow, Alaska, Expedition and remained there until 23 August. She was back in Alaskan waters in January and February 1949, and returned to San Francisco on February 25th.





BAREX 48 MAP



Barex 48 Map

TEXT FROM MAP



Point Barrow Re-Supply Expedition, 1948


Cargo totaling 25,000 tons and ranging from paper clips to giant cranes will be delivered over the exposed beaches of Point Barrow, Alaska, by four Attack Cargo ships of the Navy's amphibious force. Dotted line east of Point Barrow shows route of two LSTs led by an ice breaker to Barter Island, Alaska for delivery of further supplies. The squadron will leave for Alaska late in July. The expedition will unload it's entire cargo in less than a week in mid August, and return hastily to the safety of the open sea, then south to California.


Image: Akin Brill



ARCTIC ADVENTURERS CERTIFICATE

BAREX 48


Issued for crossing the 60th parallel

Arctic Adventurers Certificate


Newsclipping Pawling, NY August 5, 1948



Images: Akin Brill




ARCTIC ADVENTURERS CERTIFICATE 1953



Daugherty's Adventurer Card 1953

Image: Darrell Daugherty



In 1953 Skagit participated in another re-supply mission to Point Barrow, Alaska along with the USS Estes, and the USS Electra.
At the time the Estes published a booklet on the operation. I have a copy I received from Captain Mark Gallaway, 1952-1953, but it was not suitable for scanning and putting on our web site.
Well as luck would have it, the guys at the USS Electra web site transcribed it and put it on their site.


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Playboy 1956

1950s Hong Kong Tattoo Artist's Business Card



Photo: Dave Skeahan



LETTER TO PLAYBOY



Playboy 1956



P 38 "C" RATION CAN OPENER



C Ration Can Opener



"C" Rations



C Rations

Sometimes discribed as dead stuff and beans, or dead stuff and fat. We had choices.
Nothing more tasty than a can of Limas and ham warmed on the manifold of a boat engine while waiting to make the beach.





OFFICIAL SKAGIT CANDY WRAPPER



Candy Wrapper



SHORT TIMERS CHAIN



Short Timer Chain

2 MONTHS AND A WAKE UP





TROOP HANDOUT, 1952



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1954 USS SKAGIT CALENDAR





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May 24 - 25, 1955
Skagit renders aid to Chinese Freighter Hai Foo





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This was the only time while I was aboard that we went to General Quarters without the standard "this is a drill" and we were off the coast of China, very scary.

Ray Hackenberg



Shellback Certificate for Captain Buaas

USS ROGERS DD876 28 Feb. 1958





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Captain Buaas was Skipper of Rogers prior to taking command of Skagit on 15 Oct. 1958 in Hong Kong.

Do Captains kiss the Royal Baby?

Photo: Glenn Gunnels



Emergency Contact Information 1960



Emergency Contact Instructions 1960


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News Release July 1961



News Release July 1961


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Images: Dave Downer



Bill Dalpe's Ney Award Commendation

Dalpe's Ney Award Commendation

Image: Sandy Woodard



PLAN OF THE DAY DECEMBER 7, 1962




POD

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The Next two pieces of memorabilia
are from Clark Leonard LT. USMC 1958 - 1959

FINAL RESULTS,

SKAGIT BASEBALL 1959

Skagit baseball 1959



WELCOME ABOARD HAND OUT

GUEST CRUISE

MARCH 6,1959



Handout 1959


Ed Note: The above PhibRon 5 insignia was sketched by a 2nd Class Storekeeper named Bleza who was aboard Skagit in the '50s. Over the years it evolved into the PhibRon 5 insignia that is still in use today.



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OPEN HOUSE
SEATTLE WASHINGTON
SUNDAY OCTOBER 6, 1957


News Clip 1957

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The open house was held in Seattle on Sunday, October 6. 1957. The article appeared Monday, October 7, in the Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Washington. (Mount Vernon is the county seat of Skagit County which is north of Seattle.) Other stories appeared in the Seattle papers and local papers throughout the region.





BREAKDOWN AT SEA
November 13, 1959




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"IT WAS NOT AN EXPLOSION"


The noise was a relief valve behind the starboard boiler. We lost our feed pumps, and the boilers were shut down.
The Coast Guard tug was sent, but we got our emergency feed pumps on line. and one of the boilers was back on line in 72 hours.
We returned to San Diego under our own power.

Parker Evatt, Engineering Officer
CDR, USNR (Ret.)


Images: Joe Toth, Richard and Marilyn Boone



J.H. Brooks SK 2/c Envelope, 1945

Envelope



USS SKAGIT POST OFFICE
CANCELLATION STAMP 1947



Envelope

RE-COMMISSIONING ENVELOPE 1950





eBay





FREE DRINK TICKETS,
HONG KONG,1962



Drink Tickets



John Ahern's Promotion to Boatswain Mate 3rd Class
16 April 1952



Ahern's Promotion



CHRISTMAS MENU 1956



Xmas Menu 1956

1956 Xmas Menu

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Contributed By: Joe Toth



THANKSGIVING MENU 1962



Thanksgiving Menu

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FAMILY GRAMS



During the WestPac Cruise in 1967, Captain Mackey wrote to the crew's familys to keep them informed of the ship's, and their activities.

Below are nine "Family Grams" I received from the Captain.


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Family Gram 1Family Gram 2
Family Gram 3Family Gram 4
Family Gram 5Family Gram 6
Family Gram 7Family Gram 8
Family Gram 9





Bill Darlings' Honda




Honda being loaded aboard USS Skagit.
The car was purchased by Lt. Commander Bill Darling
Sasebo, Japan 1966.


Photo: Joe Burkhardt, Captain USMC, CC Officer

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BROKE DOWN
SASEBO JAPAN
DECEMBER 1967


FLTACTS Sasebo 1967

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Image: W. A. Mackey



SKAGIT MATCHBOOK COVERS



Match Book

Blue Matchbook



OFFICIAL SKAGIT LIGHTERS



Zippo Lighter




Ney Award Commemorative Lighter 1965



Ney Award Lighter 1965




1968 Zippo



1968 Zippo

1960s Lighter with Logo


1960s Skagit Lighter




Phibron 5 Lighter,

and

Antique Army/Navy Lighter made from a shell
casing



Phibron 5 Lighter

Phibron 5 Lighter

Photos: Rick Janunze




OFFICIAL SKAGIT ASHTRAY



Skagit Ashtray



FLAT HAT



Flat Hat


Sometimes this hat is called the "Donald Duck." Enlisted sailors started wearing this round, blue wool hat during the Civil War. At first, a sailor's ship name was sewn or printed on the hat band, but later only "U.S. Navy" was printed on the hat.





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