Awkward conversation for me, but I had to have a talk with my elderly father this morning about whether he wanted to be buried in a navy uniform or not. He was career Navy; a submariner in WWII. All his uniforms were lost years ago. I thought WWIII was going to start the day dad found out that mom had given his pea coat away. At any rate, Dad said he would like to be buried in uniform; what he called his "summer whites". DH and I have located a good source for the uniforms and I plan to order them this weekend. Problem is, I also want to order the appropriate patches to go on the uniform (there's a seamstress in town that does all the PD's uniforms and I can have her do this uniform), but I don't know which patches are appropriate. Which sleeve patch would be appropriate - Dad retired as a chief petty officer: http://sailor-uniform.com/patch.htm Also, how do the hash marks work in the Navy? How many years does one hash mark represent? TIA Side note: When Dad said summer whites I questioned him, thinking he'd prefer dress blues. His response to me was "Kat! It's hot in Florida. If you bury me in dress blues I'll burn up!"