USMILITARYPATCH.COM

AO 80 USS ESCAMBIA Fleet Replenishment Oiler Military Patch JOSE CARIOCA PARROT

USS ESCAMBIA

SIZE:  5"  x  4"

TOP QUALITY EMBROIDERED PATCH

HEAT SEALED BACKING

USS Escambia (AO-80) was the lead ship of her subclass of the Suamico class of fleet oilers acquired by the United States Navy for use during World War II. She had the dangerous, but necessary task of providing fuel to vessels in combat and non-combat areas primarily in the Pacific Ocean; during the invasion of the Marshall Islands, aircraft carriers as they launched strikes against the Philippines, task-force vessels supporting the invasion of Okinawa, and aircraft flying raids against the Japanese. For her valiant efforts, she received five battle stars during the war. Escambia, a type T2-SE-A2 hull, was launched on 25 April 1943 by Marinship Corp., Sausalito, California, sponsored by Mrs. Joseph Cooper, and commissioned on 28 October 1943, Lieutenant Commander J. M. Paulsson, USNR, in command.