|Bluejacket salutes all shipmates,
active, retired and former members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard,
and the U.S. Marine Corps. The web bos'n served with all three sea
service branches in a four decade military career. Bluejacket.com was
launched in November 1997 with a few patches and pictures of favorite
ships and has grown with the help of many shipmates. All Coast Guard
material shifted berth to
in July 2006.
Q. HOW DO I
REPLACE MY BLUEJACKETS' MANUAL?
A. Check the list to see
you received in boot camp. Here are
used BJM's and
new BJM's .
Q. WHERE ARE THE MODEL SHIPS?
A. Oops, wrong
website, see Bluejacket Ship Crafters located at
Q. HOW DO I CONTACT A BLUEJACKET BOOK
A. You want the
United States Naval Institute
in Annapolis, Maryland, publisher of the Bluejacket's Manual and the
line of trade paperbacks under the name Bluejacket Books. Bluejacket.com
has no relationship to USNI other than admiration and many collected
titles from their catalog.
Q. WHERE DO I GET MY SERVICE
RECORD BOOK AND/OR SHIP'S OFFICIAL LOGS?
does NOT have access to individual service record books (personnel
records) or ship's official logs. Check with the National Archives and Records Administration
Q. WHY ISN'T MY SHIP'S
PATCH/PICTURE ON THE SITE?
A. In 1997 Bluejacket posted casually collected naval
insignia. Other collectors and shipmates responded with scans of
their ship and/or squadron patches and even complete collections.
Today there are over 6,000 naval images posted thanks to help from all
corners of the globe. There are usually around one hundred
insignia waiting to be posted at any given time. Scans are cleaned
and color levels adjusted as needed using Adobe® Photoshop® and an
Intros2® graphics tablet. Because Bluejacket is a one person
operation and the one person has many hobbies, scans take time
Q. ARE THE PATCHES AND POSTERS
A. Most of the patches are original.
Many were personally scanned from museum collections. In that it
is difficult to verify the authenticity and date of a patch no attempt
is made to label those that are original and those that are
reproductions. Serious collectors make a study of the materials
used, design, stitch patterns, country of origin, unit history and other
features to authenticate a patch. The only patches that are
excluded are those of fictional nature. The same holds true
Q. WHERE DOES BLUEJACKET GET THE PHOTOGRAPHS?
A. Photographs are attributed to the image creator when known.
Copyright © is not claimed for material in the public domain. Unless
otherwise noted photographic images are public domain. Image
sources are National Archives and Records Administration, Department of
Defense, Navy Department, and National Naval Aviation Museum.
Q. WHERE DO I BUY A SHIP'S
PATCH, PICTURE OR A POSTER?
A. Bluejacket.com does not sell insignia, posters or pictures.
Here are a few sources for
pictures, posters and patches that may
be of assistance. These are for the most part untested vendors. There
is no monetary relationship between Bluejacket and these vendors.
Q. I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I
LOOKING FOR - WERE IS ...?
A. Check the
links page. The links cover other
frequently asked questions and should answer most general inquiries.
Q. WHO PAYS FOR BLUEJACKET.COM?
A. Bluejacket.com is a privately owned website. Expenses
are offset through minimal commissions received from referral book
sales. A few
new books are listed along with a book
Q. MAY I LINK TO BLUEJACKET
PICTUES AND PATCHES?
A. Text links are always welcome. If you have a web site,
blog, or post to a forum
please do not direct link
to our images. If you copy and post to your web site please give
Bluejacket.com a courtesy link.
Q. HOW DO I CONTACT
A. Our general
email address is the rusty old mailbuoy that some shipmates
could not sight while standing mailbuoy watch on their first ship. If you see
something that is in error please send along a kindly worded note
stating the problem and the page address. Documentation is helpful
when disputing entries.
Eugene E. Oleson
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