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Besixdouze
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posted 01-28-2013 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Besixdouze   Click Here to Email Besixdouze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody know anything of the history of these patches? (eBay item no: 221183189260)

Besixdouze
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posted 02-03-2013 07:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Besixdouze   Click Here to Email Besixdouze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, did a little searching of my own based on the images on the listing. Seems that James J. O'Connor was a broadcast engineer with WOR Radio, Mutual Broadcasting and the BBC. He handled radio communications during the Gemini VI, Apollo and Skylab programs. He served for 30 years with the Navy MARS system and was known on ham radio as ''W2KGO.' Could well be him featured in the photo.

I'd hazard a guess that the patches were produced by and for the civilian TV and radio crews present at recovery time. RR Auctions sold an "Apollo 11 USS Hornet TV Recovery Team cap in September 2011, catalog 376 for $601.20.

Blue wool cap by Harvard Sports Headwear is embroidered "U.S.S. Hornet, Apollo 11," with a recovery team patch affixed to one side and embroidered American flag on the back of the cap. In fine condition, with normal wear.
Obviously then, a nice contemporary collection of Apollo 11 recovery memorabilia.

kosmo
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posted 07-13-2019 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 Television Recovery Team patches that I thought cS members might be interested in seeing.

mode1charlie
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posted 07-14-2019 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never seen - or heard - of those before.

thisismills
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posted 07-14-2019 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch for Apollo 11 has been sold in the past, a few examples: one from Armstrong family and another attached to a USS Hornet recovery hat

Also, there is one on display in the USS Hornet Museum.

kosmo
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posted 05-20-2020 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a little back story on the above patches. I was very fortunate to acquire some items from the collection of ABC tv producer Ron Ogle who was on the USS Yorktown for the recovery of Apollo 8 and on the USS Hornet for the recovery of Apollo 11.

A photo that I purchased (not from Ron collection), mostly for personnel wearing Apollo 11 recovery caps and Hornet Plus Three pin-back buttons, actually shows Ron (with ABC coat, center). Some neat items, I especially like the CBS News letter.

dtemple
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posted 05-23-2020 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found one of the Apollo 11 TV recovery team patches on eBay roughly 15 years ago.

ea757grrl
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posted 05-23-2020 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A little ID information on the Apollo 11 photo that Kosmo posted upthread: Hornet's CO, Capt. Carl Seiberlich, is near the center of the picture in his uniform, standing next to the man in the ABC coveralls.

To the right of the picture, the smiling man wearing the necktie is Dallas Townsend of CBS News. Next to him is ABC correspondent Keith McBee (arms folded around folder of some sort), and next to him (also wearing necktie) is NBC correspondent (and future White House press secretary/"Saturday Night Live" guest host) Ron Nessen. These three provided the TV commentary from Hornet during the recovery broadcast.

The CBS News letter in the Apollo 8 framed display is from Robert Wussler, who was executive producer (essentially "in charge of everything") for CBS News special events broadcasts through the Apollo era. The picture of Yorktown is signed by Capt. John Fifield, who was Yorktown's commanding officer during the Apollo 8 recovery.

One last note: I love the charges that King Neptune levied against Ron Ogle in his summons letter.

kosmo
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posted 05-24-2020 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ea757grrl, thanks for putting some names to faces, it will be nice to add that info to the back of the photo.

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