Can a Navy man or woman help me with this please?

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by gritsar, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    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. [​IMG]

    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:

    Also, how do the hash marks work in the Navy? How many years does one hash mark represent?
    TIA [​IMG]

    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!" [​IMG]
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I have no helpful information for you Kat..............your daddy makes me laugh and I love all the special ways you show your dad that you care. [​IMG]
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I have no idea about the uniform, but I can certainly see where your sense of humor came from! [​IMG]
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Yes, my dad is most definitely a hoot Horsey!
    [​IMG] back

    Now back to finding out which ribbons he still has and which are missing. So far I've only found one - a WWII Victory ribbon. [​IMG]
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

    You're still not getting any chocolate. [​IMG]
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Call the nearest naval base and ask them to transfer you to Clothing Sales. That is where one purchases uniforms. Explain what you want and ask them about acquiring the appropriate patches. They will have current uniform regulations, which is what I would assume your father would want. You do not necessarily need to purchase from them (you probably cannot, although if your father is retired, HE can), but you will get the latest, greatest information.

    Hope it's a long time before the uniform is needed [​IMG]
  7. ChickenAlgebra

    ChickenAlgebra Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    Does he have any pictures with all his awards or records?
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Unfortunately no. All that was saved was his "dolphins" which I have.
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Dad sounds like a funny guy! [​IMG]
    Sorry i cant help ya out... [​IMG]
  10. The Dark Unicorn

    The Dark Unicorn In the Brooder

    Nov 5, 2010
    I do believe you can also find out what his career awards are as well by calling or going to a Naval Base. You will need his ID and proof of your relationship to him.

    I remember being a Navy brat and when I needed help the officers in the offices would point me in the right direction.

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