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USS Cusk Awards & Patches

Service Awards: 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Awarded to the Cusk for service in the North Korea, 12 August to 18 October, 1964

National Defense Service Medal

1950 to 1969


Vietnam Service Medal

Awarded in Cusk for service in 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1969

Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation - Gallantry

Awarded to Cusk for service from: 9 September to 10 November 1965; 19 July to 19 August 1967; 15 to 16 November 1968; and 18 January to 1 February 1969


Ship's Patches: 

1st Ship's Patch

Photo courtesy of Zeke Zellmer)

Photograph of 1st Patch signed

by the 1st crew of the Cusk

(Photo courtesy of Zeke Zellmer)

First Missile Patch 1948

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)

2nd Missile Patch 1950

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)

"SSG" Designation added to Ship's Patch

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland

Last Missile Patch 1957

With missile launch system removed, the Cusk provided guidance and tracking support to the Regulus Missile Program

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)

"Aloha Patch"  1962

This patch was created shortly after the AN/BPQ-1 (XN-1) Regulus guidance equipment was removed.  At the time, the Cusk was home-ported in Pearl Harbor

(Information courtesy of Billy P. Hrbacek)

Last Ship's Patch of the Cusk

Adapted while the Cusk was getting ready to leave dry dock in Pearl Harbor, possibly 1963.

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)

Enlisted Shoulder Patch (E-2 to E6)

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)

Custom Engineering Section patch, 1964-1968

(Patch Photo courtesy of Brian Errigo)

Custom Dolphins & Name Patch

(Photo courtesy of Brian Errigo)

RFUQ (Rig for Ultra Quiet) Patch

Patch created in Yokosuka, Japan, Fall, 1960.  It was proposed but never officially adopted.

(Photo courtesy of Billy Hrbacek)

1967 WestPac Patch

(Photo courtesy of Jim Branske)

1968 WestPac Patch

(Photo courtesy of John Schmitt)

Another version of the 1968 WestPac Patch

(Photo courtesy of John Schmitt)

Vietnam Service Patch (Unofficial)

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)



Covers from the Cusk's history:

1st laying of the Cusk's Keel 26 May 1944

(Photo courtesy of Zeke Zellmer)

2nd laying of the Cusk's keel

For unknown reasons, the Cusk's keel was

moved to another part of the Electric Boat

yards and re-laid 2 December 1944

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)

The launch of the USS Cusk 28 July 1945

(Photo courtesy of Zeke Zellmer)

Cusk Commissioning Cover 5 February 1946

(Photo courtesy of Zeke Zellmer)

Submarine letterhead with the Cusk's name and mailing address

(Photo courtesy of Tom Roseland)

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