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V0069
Selling Price: $835 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $8
RARE VA-192 GOLDEN DRAGON CARRIER SHRIKE MISILE PATCH SET
OINC PARKs PATCH FLIGHT MOH ESTOCIN SHRIKE MISSIONS!
All patches are in perfect shape, as removed from a rare G-1 Flight jacket that belonged to a well documented Naval Aviator that flew with the Golden Dragons off the Carrier Bon Homme Richard CVA 31. The man is Lieutenant Commander John L. Parks, who was the one of the flight commanders for VA-192.

There were a total of 11 patches, the most exciting is the unit Golden Dragon itself. I don't think you could find an original, in-theatre made one at any price. It was a small unit, and was in theatre for a few months at a clip and then gone. There were not that many pilots and these patches were made somewhere on the mainland during leave, making them even rarer.

It is obvious by the identical nature of the construction, that Commander Parks had these patches almost all made at one time, even though they reflect different deployments. As a note, the World Famous Golden Dragons, flying the Douglas A-4C Sky Hawk, on the Bon Homme Richard CVA 31 13th cruise. This was the squadrons 2nd combat cruise to the Western Pacific Vietnam War Theater.

November 15, 1966 through May 29, 1967: The World Famous Golden Dragons, flying the Douglas A-4E Sky Hawk, embarked on the United States Ship Ticonderoga CVA 14, for their 14th cruise. This was the squadrons 3rd combat cruise to the Western Pacific Vietnam War Theater.

It was on this cruise that parks flew with Lieutenant Commander Michael J. Estocin, a member of The World Famous Golden Dragons. On that mission Estocin won the Medal of Honor and died. During that mission his aircraft was again damaged by an SAM missiles, but he continued attacking the missile site while his aircraft was burning. His aircraft went out of control as it entered a cloud layer over North Vietnam. Commander Estocin was listed as MIA on 26 April 1967 and on 10 November 1977 his MIA status was changed to presumed KIA. For his actions Commander Estocin was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

The mission used the new Iron Hand AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missile that would home in on the SAM control vans. In April and May of 1966 the American airmen first used the Navy's AGM-45A Shrike missiles. So, here we go!

The patches are typical oversized Navy works of art. The patches also cover two distinct Vietnam cruises for the unit: April 21, 1965 through January 13, 1966. The patch are as follows:

1) VA-192 World Famous Golden Dragons, 4.9 inches across. 100% in theatre and a real beauty. Not a thread out of place. One of the most attractive patches I have ever held and of such delicate and ornate construction that it is breath taking. Will perform as a center-piece for any collection of Naval Aviation patches.

2) Mega-rare VA-192 Commander's patch for Combat Excellence award "E" - it is 4.9 inches tall. Of the identical construction as the VA-192 patch.

3) A beautiful, in-theatre made USS Bon Homme Richard patch that stands at a massive 6.1 inches tall! Note the ship listing in the wind, sails at the ready and of John Paul Jones fame. What a beauty! Of the identical construction as the VA-192 patch.

4 & 5) One heck of a rare "IRON HAND" tab arc patch just under 4 inches across, and "SHRIKE SHOOTER" patch that is just under 4 inches in diameter. It depicts a SAM radar van and the missile cruising in at it! Way awesome, and only available to the pilots of the missions themselves is my guess. Looks era factory made on twill, probably from the manufacturer of the missile. This is a first era, first pattern patch and tab set - 1000% original and unheard of for sale previously at any price or in any location - a beautiful MATCHING set!

6) The last is the "TRUST ME" - a very rare patch for the "LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER" for Carrier Wing Nineteen - 19. It is 4.6 inches across. The patch is noticeable along the one edge as having the same muslin cloth fabric as the original VA-192 patch and is hand made, in-theatre as well.

7) Mega-rare first type Tonkin Gulf Yacht club patch (made in the shape of a carrier!) is 4.25 inches in diameter. The patch is noticeable as having been made in-theatre, but was probably one of a handful at the shop where Commander Parks went to have the jacket patched up. It is an unusual patch in that it is in the shape of an Aircraft Carrier itself, and not in the shape of an Asian Junk/Sampan like the vast majority of these patches. Who knows, maybe parks asked to have it made that way on a previous deployment. It was evident on the jacket that patches had been moved around and repositioned even when I had gotten it.

8) Rare, way Rare USS Ticonderoga 100 carrier landings patch is a beauty and is 5 inches across. Another sample of superb hand-crafting from an in-theatre master. This bright and colorful sample is of the identical construction as the VA-192 patch.

9) Bon Homme Richard 100 carrier landings patch is 5.5 inches across. it is another sample of superb hand-crafting from an in-theatre master. This bright and colorful sample is of the identical construction as the VA-192 patch.

10) The USS Ticonderoga cruise patch is a magnificently dedicated sample that is from the Estocin deployment and is 5 inches in diameter. Another sample of superb hand-crafting from an in-theatre master. This bright and ornately colorful sample is of the identical construction as the VA-192 patch.

11) LTCDR John L. Parks' leather flight jacket name tag patch.patch is 4.0 inches across.

This lot forms one spectacular example of a hand-made by machine theatre masterpieces from a very famous unit that is never to be outdone. Spectacular and ornate, are the only words to describe them. You will be hard pressed to find another set this comprehensive and documented. Period.

Quite a fine and hefty stack of In-Country, Hand-Made insignia.



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