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JohnBerry
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posted 01-19-2008 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Join with me in commemorating the accomplishments of astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom and John W. Young! With the help of Bill Hunt and the collectSPACE community I've put together a modern replica of the "Molly Brown" patch to honor their GT-3 mission -- the flight of the "Molly Brown."

A brief history courtesy Space Mission Patches:

According to John Young, during his Apollo training Gus Grissom had a batch of "Molly Brown" patches made. This patch commemorated his and Young's Gemini 3 mission, on which the radio call sign "Molly Brown" was used. This was the last mission to fly without a mission patch (assuming you count Gemini 4's American flag as a mission patch, as the Gemini 4 crew did). Grissom's "Molly Brown" patch shows a Gemini capsule serenely floating in the ocean, awaiting recovery -- in contrast to Grissom's Mercury flight, when his "Liberty Bell 7" capsule sank to the bottom of the Atlantic when the hatch prematurely jettisoned. There are photos of Young wearing this patch prior to Apollo 10, during his training for the Apollo 16 mission, and during the Shuttle era.
The patch offered here is a replica of the original but can be distinguished from the "real thing", mainly by the nose markings and some thread variations. The back is plain - no adhesive or plastic backing. These were made by AB Emblem at the North Carolina facility.

If you are interested, see details and consider purchasing.

Any proceeds above and beyond my expenses will be donated to the Gus Grissom Memorial in Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, IN, for planned expansion of the exhibits there.

John Berry
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JGJ
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posted 01-19-2008 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JGJ   Click Here to Email JGJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's the size? (i.e. in inches diameter)

JohnBerry
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posted 01-19-2008 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
3 1/2 inches... that's 90 mm to my friends across the pond(s)!

JGJ
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posted 01-20-2008 03:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JGJ   Click Here to Email JGJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a good deal. Just ordered one.

stebur
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posted 01-20-2008 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stebur   Click Here to Email stebur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your efforts. I've just ordered a couple too!

Bill Hunt
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posted 01-20-2008 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can tell you first-hand that John just did a really beautiful job, as did the folks at AB. John managed to get the thread colors as close as possible. He really went to a lot of trouble with this, so my hats off to him. Now if we can just get replicas of some of the other Gemini patches...

rjurek349
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posted 01-20-2008 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If proceeds are going to the Museum in Spring Mill State Park, I encourage all to buy one. That is a fantastic little gem of a museum, in a wonderful setting. I have been there, and plan to go again. They have some amazing artifacts there -- including good ol' Molly Brown herself! It is a great, great cause.

Michael Clemente
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posted 01-20-2008 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Clemente   Click Here to Email Michael Clemente     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking forward to add one to my collection. Plus, it goes to a great cause. AIM HIGH! Mike

embangloy
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posted 01-20-2008 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that this is the "best looking" Gemini patch. Thanks John for allowing me to add this to my collection.

mjanovec
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posted 01-20-2008 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice looking reproduction...so nice that I had to order two!

space4u
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posted 01-21-2008 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks John-- I just ordered two patches. Also I visited the Grissom memorial last summer and it is worth visiting if you are in the area. Besides the Molly Brown, there are some nice artifacts like one of Grissom's helmets and a wonderful wall of historic Mercury/Gemini astronaut era photos. It definitely could use some refurbishing and I would have loved to buy some Grissom souvenirs there but none were for sale. It also needs updating about the Liberty Bell 7 being found in the ocean by Curt Newport and Discovery Channel.

Best of luck with your outstanding efforts.

OOTWCook
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posted 01-21-2008 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OOTWCook   Click Here to Email OOTWCook     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John-What a great looking patch, I just ordered two! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Keep up the good work.

JohnBerry
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posted 01-23-2008 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The response to the patch has been very gratifying. Thanks for the positive feedback and support of this project.

Credit where it is due -- Bill Hunt really made this possible by sending along a high-resolution photo of the patch and giving me his invaluable feedback on the sample patches -- Thanks Bill!

I wouldn't have done this if Luc from the Netherlands hadn't come up the idea of making quality repro's of Gemini patches -- I was looking for a Molly Brown patch but hadn't thought of making my own!

I got a chance to visit the Grissom Memorial over the holidays and it was great to see the real Molly Brown and the rest of the museum -- nice collection of artifacts.

By the way, our very own Steve Grissom, cS member, deserves the credit for the great collection upstairs -- some awe-inspiring things up there, including the flag that covered Lt Col Grissom's coffin. Sobering, but I was very thankful to be able to see those things. Nice job, Steve.

I've posted some pictures from my trip -- along w/ a look at my boy "Gus" - President and Chief Noise Maker at Gusmobile Memorabilia. He's modeling a t-shirt w/ the patch on it -- wear yours so someone will come up to you and say "Who the heck is Virgil?!"

(Marcy, I too wanted to buy some Grissom souvenirs at the Memorial but there weren't any... wonder if they'd like a few patches to sell?!)

lm5eagle
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posted 01-24-2008 03:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, I am indebted to you in two ways:

Thanks for the opportunity of obtaining such a high quality replica of the Molly Brown Patch.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity of sharing your visit to the Grissom Memorial. That will be on a future itinerary.

astroborg
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posted 01-24-2008 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astroborg   Click Here to Email astroborg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice. I'm glad you were able to do this; I guess we can consider this the first installment of the Gemini repro patches??

I ordered two, also. I've always been a fan of Gus's, and have the Boomhower book, too.

space4u
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posted 01-24-2008 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes John--you'd think that if they wanted to raise money for refurbishment of the exhibits that they would sell some souvenirs. Perhaps due to the fact that it is in a state park they can't legally sell souvenirs?

And, yes, I was very much in awe seeing the flag that draped Grissom's coffin.

space4u
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posted 01-25-2008 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi John: I got my 2 Molly Brown patches in the mail today and they look great. Very fast delivery! Also--to those interested in the Grissom exhibit at Spring Mill State Park, there is also in Mitchell, IN:

In downtown Mitchell stands the Gus Grissom Monument, a scaled-down limestone carving of Gus's Gemini rocket.

It is maybe 5 minutes away from the park and well worth checking out too.

(I liked your "little" Gus photos at the museum.)

Michael Clemente
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posted 01-27-2008 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Clemente   Click Here to Email Michael Clemente     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, I received my patch yesterday along with the card. Thanks for the fantastic job and card presentation. I hope you come out with more different patches.

medaris
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posted 01-29-2008 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for medaris   Click Here to Email medaris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My patches arrived in Scotland - excellent. Thanks for going to this effort, and for making them available to others.

lm5eagle
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posted 01-30-2008 02:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My patches arrived a couple of days ago. They are A1 quality. I urge collectors to give John their support in his venture. Additionally, he is one very nice and genuine guy.

Thanks a million, John.

JohnBerry
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posted 01-30-2008 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks again for the kind words of encouragement. I have 26 of the "greeting cards" left so if that interests you, order now...

After that, I'll be selling the patches w/ simpler packaging. Looks like this patch will be the "appetizer" for the Gemini Quality Reproductions project that Luc is working on. See that thread in the Patches and Pin section.

Harald Kraenzel
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posted 01-31-2008 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harald Kraenzel   Click Here to Email Harald Kraenzel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, my patches arrived yesterday. I received the numbers 060+061. Great patches. Thanks a lot.

stebur
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posted 02-01-2008 03:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stebur   Click Here to Email stebur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi John, Just a quick "heads up" to advise that my "Molly Brown" patches have safely lobbed in the Fragrant Harbor of Hong Kong. Sincere thanks for all your efforts... VERY impressed!

astroborg
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posted 02-01-2008 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astroborg   Click Here to Email astroborg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd like to echo the recent comments - I got my two patches this past Tuesday. I'm very pleased w/the quality! Thanks for taking this up John, and your investment (of time/$$/energy) to make this happen for the rest of us.

FFrench
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posted 02-03-2008 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not a space collector per se - never mind a patch collector - but these really intrigued me, and the two I ordered arrived today. They do look really nice - thanks for doing this!

JohnBerry
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posted 02-05-2008 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LAST CALL! In about a week I'm going to put these out on ebay for "the masses" -- want to make sure that every cS member who wants one has one - or two - before I do that. See the link above for more details and/or to purchase.

Thanks everyone, for your outpouring of support for this little project.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-06-2008 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two Molly Brown patches arrived safely in the UK today. Lovely quality and great service. If anybody out there is thinking about buying one ...don't. Just get on and do it. You will not be disappointed.

KAPTEC
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posted 02-07-2008 05:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine arrived three days ago to Madrid.

Thank you John. It's a very nice repro and a very good way to begin the new collection of Luc (and you).

GoesTo11
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posted 02-11-2008 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received the two "Molly Brown" patches I ordered from John, and they look terrific. If the rest of the set is up to these standards, it will definitely be worth the wait!

spgrissom
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posted 02-12-2008 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spgrissom   Click Here to Email spgrissom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, thanks for the patches, they are very nice... I have not been on the site for a while. In regards to the memorial, we have gotten in a lot of stuff. Most of the items were not and are not on display... yet. We are working on that. Some of the items that we now have and are in the process of displaying are Gus's Stetson hat from LBJ, the pouch Gus took the Liberty dimes in on LB7, his Randall knife, grade cards from Purdue, his mechanical drawing set from Purdue... just to name a few. I am looking forward to putting out the items and hearing the publics feedback on them.

JohnBerry
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posted 02-15-2008 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suspect the public will be very glad to get a look at those items! Can't wait.

If you bought a patch or two from me, your order should have arrived by now. If you placed and order but haven't seen your patches, please contact me.

JohnBerry
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posted 04-08-2008 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A round of applause for yourselves - I sent a donation in our names to the Grissom Memorial, c/o Steve Grissom, of just over $450 USD. Thanks for buying patches!

Bill Hunt
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posted 04-09-2008 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bravo, John! Well done.

JohnBerry
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posted 09-15-2008 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnBerry   Click Here to Email JohnBerry     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a few more of my 3.5" modern replica "Molly Brown" patches I had made up to commemorate Grissom and Young's Gemini flight. The cost is $10 for one, $19 for two.

I've covered my costs so everything collected (minus packaging and shipping) goes to the Grissom Memorial in Spring Mill State Park, Indiana. We've donated about $450 so far - Thanks for supporting this cause!

Here's the link for buying patches.

Thank you!

spaced out
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posted 08-07-2012 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know if John is still selling his replicas? The original link that I use on my site appears to be broken.

ea757grrl
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posted 08-07-2012 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought one a couple months back through the website - a very quick and pleasant transaction.

Gonzo
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posted 08-08-2012 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The problem is the links are to mobileme and that has been closed. What we seek is the new address at icloud. I too am interested.

John Graham
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posted 09-06-2012 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Graham   Click Here to Email John Graham     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I too would like to purchase one of the Gemini III patches to complete my collection. Any info would be appreciated.

mooncollector
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posted 04-08-2013 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mooncollector   Click Here to Email mooncollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like above posters, I saw that these sites were down so I used an old PayPal link I had to order one of these last week. I had this one sort of on the back burner to get thinking they were readily available.

I have heard nothing from the site owner and PayPal reports that the payment went through, so I am sort of concerned that this site is in limbo and that I might not receive anything.

Anyone know what's up with this patch?

UPDATE: I received 2 patches (the original link was for 2 @ $19 and I didn't realize it before I sent the payment) with no problems. I didn't communicate with him in too much detail but I got the sense that he was not actively selling anymore but does have some left for the occasional order.

GoesTo11
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posted 09-13-2014 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if John Berry still has any of these for sale, and how best to buy? I emailed him at the listed address a few weeks ago and got no reply. Thanks!


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