|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 nearly 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. As a retirement
"project" to keep out of trouble it has taken on a life of it's own. Rest
assured it is not a for profit operation. Navy and Marine Corps items are
located on Bluejacket.com. All Coast Guard
material shifted berth to
in July 2006.
Q. HOW DO I
REPLACE MY BLUEJACKETS' MANUAL?
A. Check the list to see which
you received in boot camp. Here are
used BJM's and
new BJM .
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 AND/OR SHIP'S OFFICIAL LOGS?
A. 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. Scans are cleaned
and color levels adjusted as needed. Bluejacket is a one person
operation officially retired with too many hobbies. Alas, scans take time
to appear. There are usually dozens of
insignia waiting to be posted at any given time.
Special thanks to those who have donated scans of patches, ships and
aircraft. Special thanks to contributers
LJMilitaria.com PopularPatch.com MarinePatches.com
and RexWess.com who have freely shared scans. BZ also to those who have helped identify patches and/or correct our
Jean-Lou Planty, SCPO French Navy, Retired.
Q. WHY DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT NAME FOR MY
Maximum effort is given
to verify the identify of unit patches. My unit identifications for
patches can be in error. Email me with your factual concerns.
Remember there are many variations in design and
unit nicknames change.
Q. ARE THE PATCHES AND POSTERS
A. Most of the patches are original.
Many were personally scanned from the National Naval Aviaton Museum collection
in Pensacola, Florida.
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 study patch material, design, stitch patterns,
coloration, borders, company and country of origin, unit history and other
features to authenticate a patch.
Hollywood created patches or
fictional unit patches are excluded with a few exceptions and in those
cases are identified as bogus. In addition a few companies reproducing patches
falsely identify a unit by scrambling unit lineage and assigning a new name to an old patch
design. A rigerous study of unit history is essential in validation of original
patches. Bear in mind that the majority of pre-Korean War units did
not have a designed patch. As a result many unit patches are designs that
post date the unit by many years and are distributed by reunion associations.
Q. WHERE DOES BLUEJACKET OBTAIN 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, National Naval Aviation Museum and The Library
of Congress. See our Links.
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 - WHERE 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 held website. Expenses
are partially offset through the minimal commissions received from referral book
sales. A few
new books are listed along with a book
neither sells advertizing nor
solicits by email or telephone. Spam using the domain
name has been reported as well as a person falsely representing themselves as a
sales representative for the domain.
Q. MAY I LINK TO BLUEJACKET
PICTURES 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. A note to those requesting use of patches and pictures. Bluejacket.com
does not maintain a file of high resolution (hi-rez)
images. Images are 96 dpi or 72 dpi. Every effort is made
to identify image creators.
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.
Fair Winds and Following Seas,
CWO4 (ELC), USCG (1958-1976)
CAPT, USN (Ret)
aka: the web bos'n