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 What hat looks the best?
 Left - Sewn On 2 7%
 Middle - Ironed (steamed) On 5 19%
 Right - Embroidered On 19 73%
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Above is a picture of a USS Tarawa LHA-1 Eagle of the Sea Plank Owners' hat with the patch that was ironed on like the original plank owners' hats. I just contacted my supplier, and they are going to send me one EMBROIDERED hat to check the craftsmanship of the embroiderer's work. I will keep you updated about it in this thread. I may give them away as prizes on the forum or put them in the Tarawa Forum Ship Store for purchase. Give me time to think through everything.

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For those of us that saw them at the reunion, they are outstanding. Once they become available regardless of method, prizes or ship's store you should be 1st in line.
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Above is a picture of a USS Tarawa LHA-1 Eagle of the Sea Plank Owners' hat with the patch that was ironed on like the original plank owners' hats. I just contacted my supplier, and they are going to send me one EMBROIDERED hat to check the craftsmanship of the embroiderer's work. I will keep you updated about it in this thread. I may give them away as prizes on the forum or put them in the Tarawa Forum Ship Store for purchase. Give me time to think through everything.


I'll buy an embroidered hat [wink]
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Where do I form a line to buy one!
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Where do I form a line to buy one!
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Hi IGGY, it was great sitting with you and Edda at your table at the reunion banquet. I'm still trying to figure out all possible ways of offering the plank owners' very cool looking hat to members. I am leaving in a few minutes to talk with a local company about sewing the patch on instead of the traditional method of steaming it on. Of course, the best way to go is to embroidered it, but due to the artwork being very detailed, the job costs more than a regular embroidered Navy ship hat. Maybe, I will offer several different offerings.

It was great meeting you and Edda. I like making new Tarawa friends.
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Hi there Rick!

The pleasure was all ours.
We had a good trip back home, however, next time I think we will fly instead!

God willing, we will attend again. 
I will contact all my other known shipmates to increase the number of crewmembers for my period of service on the "Eagle of the Sea"!

Looking forward to it.
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Hi there Rick!

The pleasure was all ours.
We had a good trip back home, however, next time I think we will fly instead!

God willing, we will attend again. 
I will contact all my other known shipmates to increase the number of crewmembers for my period of service on the "Eagle of the Sea"!

Looking forward to it.

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GREAT! And I think we looked pretty good dancing with all the girls, ha! Maybe, we should have a dance contest?

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I just got back from going to a local sewing business to see what the cost would be to sew them on instead of steaming them on. Well... THEY ARE CLOSED ON THURSDAYS! Ha, ha. I will venture out tomorrow. I enjoyed the ride, so all was not lost.
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Have made a minor modification to the Tarawa caps.




I think you will agree that it was appropriate from my point of view.

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Have made a minor modification to the Tarawa caps.
I think you will agree that it was appropriate from my point of view.

Yep, they are STRIKING! But I think they would look STRIKING^2 if they are EMBROIDERED.
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Don't know of any shop that could do it with the overstriking of colors. Would be interesting to see if someone were to take the challenge.
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I talked with the sewing company yesterday. I had one blue ball cap without a patch on it left, so I am having them sew a different Tarawa patch on from a bulk bundle I purchased awhile back for the forum. I am curious to see how a patch sewed on vs. ironed on vs. embroidered on looks.
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Here is the test hat with the patch sewed on. It's okay. Now I need to see how the embroidered hat looks. I know John has a concern with a patch that was not ironed on parallel to the hat's bill. It looked crooked. That same concern could happen to a hat with a sewed patch, too. The embroidered hat should be here around September 19 at the latest. Then it's decision time.

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Regardless of the technique used, there is always a risk that one out of a hundred could be crooked. The key is finding a shop that has a primary focus of dealing with the military because they understand the zero-tolerance of military sewing and alterations.
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The reason I mentioned the sewn on patch was nothing to do with alignment, but the fact that when the patch is ironed on, it creates the ball cap seam through the center of the patch.
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The reason I mentioned the sewn on patch was nothing to do with alignment, but the fact that when the patch is ironed on, it creates the ball cap seam through the center of the patch.

Gotcha, and the seam does not look sharp. You definitely have an eye for detail. You should have been a company commander at a naval boot camp facility.
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The reason I mentioned the sewn on patch was nothing to do with alignment, but the fact that when the patch is ironed on, it creates the ball cap seam through the center of the patch.
Gotcha, and the seam does not look sharp. You definitely have an eye for detail. You should have been a company commander at a navy boot camp facility.


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Here's the video of the original Eagle of the Sea hat on the left. The patch was sewn on. The middle hat has a patch that was ironed (steamed) on. The patch on the hat on the right is not a patch. The Eagle of the Sea is embroidered on.

What hat looks the best, left - sewn on; middle - ironed (steamed) on; or right - embroidered on? 

LOOK AT THE TOP OF THE THREAD. YOU WILL SEE A SECTION TO VOTE. WHAT HAT SHOULD BE THE OFFICIAL TARAWA FORUM EAGLE OF THE SEA HAT?
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Tis difficult to pick because of the difference in hats and their age. There is also the difference between the styles of hats. The original hat has a much broader bill than the other two. The other issue that one has to consider is the cost difference between the first two and the last.
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Though I agree that cost could be an issue to consider and I voted in the poll, based solely on the look of the hat and although I had an original from 1975, I voted for the hat on the right. I think it looks the sharpest.

My two cents worth...
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Hat in the middle, (original) patch on the left. An iron-on seems too informal, like a clip-on tie.
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Hat in the middle, (original) patch on the left. An iron-on seems too informal, like a clip-on tie.

That's an interesting way to look at it.
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Russ, Let them hate as long as they fear. I agree.
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The height of the thread is taller on the hat to the right.
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Although the original has a more professional tailored sewn patch and looks way better than the other sewn patch, I have to say the embroidered hat trumps them all. BUT........what's the cost. I would never pay more than $30.00 for a ball cap. Yes, NOT even a Tarawa hat. Also, these do not signify which USS Tarawa ship. I like my original patches with the LHA-1 embroidered on as well

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I've always been one to share my 2 cents, even when I wasn't asked.

I like the silver plankowner hats, but, I like the gold on black/dark blue with USS TARAWA, the eagle and LHA-1 the best.  Iron on is fine, especially if it lowers the cost, but the embroidered hats are preferred.
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Okay, the voting is over, and the majority of you like the embroidered hats. I am having 100 embroidered hats made. I'm not sure how I'm going to give them away. I think I may give 50 away, and put 50 in reserve. I don't think I will sell any of the first 50, unless someone has to have the hat immediately. I'm just not sure. However, I want to let all of you know the embroidered hat won, and 100 of them are going to be made in the near future.

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Riick, just a question , why don't we hook up with the Museum fellows and sell the hats also, I kknow myself I would buy one , I already purchased the coins, and will probably by the paracords, even though I have no use. But would love to have a hat.
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Yup. Me want one too...! They look fantastic.
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Looks good!
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I agree Sean. My wife and I have our coin chips, just arrived yesterday as well as our Marine paracord bracelets. Jo had said that because our Navy/Marine Corps team is so awesome she also wanted the Navy paracord bracelets.

That said Rick, I believe that Sean is right. I would bet that everyone that has donated for the coin chips and paracords, they would definately get the new cap.

It would surly help get the tax-exempt status application process complete so the serious fundraising process can start in earnest.

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I purchased the 100 hats to be used on our forum. I just don't know how to give them away. I will have to think about that. I'm not sure when I will receive them. So, I have time to think about it. But the bottom line is, the embroidered hat was the top vote on our forum.

I'm sure the amphibious museum will be able to purchase Tarawa hats to sell. I certainly would buy one from them, too. I did purchase the coin.

I worked many, many months with manufacturers copying the old plank owners style hat. We worked on crazy things like glossy, shiny silver thread and thread count! I turned down the first test hat. It did not look like the original. We finally got it right on the second test hat. They are beautiful.

I did mention earlier about the possibility of selling them for $50 each including shipping. They are extremely high-quality. But I would rather just give them away on our forum to our great members.

I just want everyone on the forum to know the embroidered hat won the contest.
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win or buy, save one for me

make it a 07 reward hahahahahahhhaahahahahahh
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How about for over 950 posts on the forum? LoL
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How about for over 950 posts on the forum? LoL

Keith, aka, The Gunny, spoken like a true Marine, ha. I will give them away for free on the forum. I just need to do some math to figure out if a person posted just one or two posts a day, what would be a good level. 

It is going to be awhile to get them made, but my long, long quest to get free "plank owners hats" to other shipmates and Marines who were not plank owners is almost done.

I should know in a week the estimated time it will take to make the 100 hats.

Until then, if you have an interesting post to make in any of the forums, please continue to share your thoughts and stories. 
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How about for over 950 posts on the forum? LoL

Gunny, I like your idea. I will post the information about the free Plank Owners' Eagle of the Sea hats when I find out when they will be done.

You most certainly have more than enough posts for the hat. There are other shipmates that have the posts, too.

Hey, some of you have not gotten your free Eagle of the Sea car sticker! Check the post on the board for the information, then let me know when you have your posts. A lot of you already have them.
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I purchased the 100 hats to be used on our forum. I just don't know how to give them away. I will have to think about that. I'm not sure when I will receive them. So, I have time to think about it. But the bottom line is, the embroidered hat was the top vote on our forum. I'm sure the amphibious museum will be able to purchase Tarawa hats to sell. I certainly would buy one from them, too. I did purchase the coin. I worked many, many months with manufacturers copying the old plank owners style hat. We worked on crazy things like glossy, shiny silver thread and thread count! I turned down the first test hat. It did not look like the original. We finally got it right on the second test hat. They are beautiful. I did mention earlier about the possibility of selling them for $50 each including shipping. They are extremely high-quality. But I would rather just give them away on our forum to our great members. I just want everyone on the forum to know the embroidered hat won the contest.


Rick, can you post a picture of the coin for viewing?
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John, I will later. I'm visiting my mother now. (I hope I remember when I get home.)
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John, I will later. I'm visiting my mother now. (I hope I remember when I get home.)


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Here is the coin laying next to the Tarawa coin we purchased on eBay. The coin on eBay is made out of metal. The other coin seems to be made out of material they use in Las Vegas for chips. It is not metal.

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You are right on that Rick, but in the name "Tarawa Challenge Coin "'chip'"" says it all. It is as you say it is a chip like you would see in Vegas or one of the Indian casinos.


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Here is the coin laying next to the Tarawa coin we purchased on eBay. The coin on eBay is made out of metal. The other coin seems to be made out of material they use in Las Vegas for chips. It is not metal.
Thanks Rick for letting me know, I'll pass. I paid $15.00 per (METAL) challenge coin through ebay with FREE shipping.

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Rick, please keep me informed on hat status, I don't get a chance to post that often, working a job, going to school and refurbishing a house.but do love the hats. got coins parachords would be next. does original reunion member and current bowling champ, +plank owner count?











































got my coins parchords will be next. Does
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I will update everyone about the hats when I get more information. At least the ball is finally rolling. It has been a long, long journey.
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once again, great job Rick!!!!
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The approximate delivery date is November 15, 2014. I will certainly add pictures or videos to this thread. 
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I just got word the 100 embroidered Tarawa ball caps are currently being worked on. I will update you when they are finished.
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cant wait rick, thanks for all the hard work
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I purchased the 100 hats to be used on our forum. I just don't know how to give them away. I will have to think about that. I'm not sure when I will receive them. So, I have time to think about it. But the bottom line is, the embroidered hat was the top vote on our forum.

I'm sure the amphibious museum will be able to purchase Tarawa hats to sell. I certainly would buy one from them, too. I did purchase the coin.

I worked many, many months with manufacturers copying the old plank owners style hat. We worked on crazy things like glossy, shiny silver thread and thread count! I turned down the first test hat. It did not look like the original. We finally got it right on the second test hat. They are beautiful.

I did mention earlier about the possibility of selling them for $50 each including shipping. They are extremely high-quality. But I would rather just give them away on our forum to our great members.

I just want everyone on the forum to know the embroidered hat won the contest.
5 dollars for a cap, that's a bit too much I feel, I know there quality, but I buy alot of caps and 32 dollars is the most I ever paid for one
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