Machine embroidered patch for this Destroyer, part of the antisubmarine screen for the Carrier Enterprise just days before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The patch is fully embroidered on cotton twill, visible between the main body and name tab. It is 3 1/4 inches high. Condition is fine with some slight soiling that may clean on the front. It does not glow! From what information I have found, including other examples for sale or sold, it is of the WWII era, and not much later.
The USS Gridley was commissioned on June 24, 1937, and her assignment just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor was Destroyer Division 11, and subsequently stationed at Pearl, conduction training in Hawaiian waters. Gridley left Pearl Harbor on November 28th, 1941, acting as an antisubmarine screen for the USS Enterprise. Gridley entered Pearl on the 8th and took up a defensive posture against possible attacks by the Japanese. The Gridley continued to act with other carrier task forces, and island assaults during the war, including escorting the badly damaged carriers USS Franklin and Belleau Wood at Ulithi Atoll, a major naval staging area, part of the Carolina Islands.
After a long and hard service in the Pacific during the war, Gridley entered New York Navy Yard at the end of March of 1945. After long need repairs she joined the Atlantic Fleet and served out her service in European waters from July ’45 to January “46. Gridley was decommissioned on 18 April, 1946.
The ship was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 10 battle clasps, WWII Victory Medal, and the Navy Occupation Medal with “Europe” clasp.
A great record, for an American destroyer in WWII.