~ USS SKAGIT ~
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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
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.
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Clipping from NY Newspaper
Image: C. A. Cromer
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2 September 1945
Images: Robert Buckland
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Realm of the Golden Dragon Card
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
Images: Tom Carlson
Ed Spigler's Postcard Home 1945
News Clipping November 26, 1946
Ed Spigler Y1/c Plank Owner 1945-1946
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
Image: Ronald Castorina
USS SKAGIT 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At the last moment, it was withdrawn because the reserve price wasn't met.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
GATOR NAVY PATCH
WWII Naval Amphibious Patch
Image: Dave Skeahan
PHIBRON FIVE PATCH
USS Skagit Laundry Pin
PT. BARROW 1948
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MITTENS FROM THE PRIB KIT
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
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
Issued for crossing the 60th parallel
Newsclipping Pawling, NY August 5, 1948
Images: Akin Brill
ARCTIC ADVENTURERS CERTIFICATE 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.
1950s Hong Kong Tattoo Artist's Business Card
Photo: Dave Skeahan
LETTER TO PLAYBOY
P 38 "C" RATION CAN OPENER
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
SHORT TIMERS CHAIN
2 MONTHS AND A WAKE UP
TROOP HANDOUT, 1952
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1954 USS SKAGIT CALENDAR
May 24 - 25, 1955
Skagit renders aid to Chinese Freighter Hai Foo
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.
Shellback Certificate for Captain Buaas
USS ROGERS DD876 28 Feb. 1958
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
News Release July 1961
Images: Dave Downer
Bill Dalpe's Ney Award Commendation
Image: Sandy Woodard
PLAN OF THE DAY DECEMBER 7, 1962
FOR TEXT VERSION
The Next two pieces of memorabilia
are from Clark Leonard LT. USMC 1958 - 1959
SKAGIT BASEBALL 1959
WELCOME ABOARD HAND OUT
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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SUNDAY OCTOBER 6, 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
"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
USS SKAGIT POST OFFICE
CANCELLATION STAMP 1947
RE-COMMISSIONING ENVELOPE 1950
FREE DRINK TICKETS,
John Ahern's Promotion to Boatswain Mate 3rd Class
16 April 1952
CHRISTMAS MENU 1956
Contributed By: Joe Toth
THANKSGIVING MENU 1962
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.
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
To View The Honda's Restoration Website
Image: W. A. Mackey
SKAGIT MATCHBOOK COVERS
OFFICIAL SKAGIT LIGHTERS
Ney Award Commemorative Lighter 1965
1960s Lighter with Logo
Phibron 5 Lighter,
Antique Army/Navy Lighter made from a shell
Photos: Rick Janunze
OFFICIAL SKAGIT ASHTRAY
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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