Rick Holly
Note your starting place (your total posts in the picture). Good Luck. Post in this thread when you are done. Free shipping for 90 days from the date of this post.
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Steve Stanfill
I'd love to have a hat.  And a few of the hat "patches".  You know, like the one that is sewn on the Top Gun 1st Place gun pouch.  I really, Really, REALLY love it.  You would not believe the number of people who have come up and asked me about it while I was at the range.  Lots of Vets too!  Met a few friends along the way!! [smile]
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Keith Brownmiller
As for the Tarawa plank owner patches or variations there off, would be awesome. Reunion is almost here.

The Gunny
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Half way 521.
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uva7
great job! then you should get one for tarawa status at 600 posts...  only 79 to go for that one.

im 75 away.   but im well on my way to 1000 posts ....... 150 to go.......   is there a reward for 1000 rick ??  jk

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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Yeah, i figure I'll ask Rick to hold the first one and ship them both together.
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Charles R. Petrach
I sent him a note I should hit that 600 before reunion just to bring it to the reunion, I save on shipping. LOL
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Charles R. Petrach
Here it is Rick the big 600 I made it to Tarawa.
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uva7
way to go charles !!!!
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Here it comes...5 more...and its 100 posts...34 and I hit 600.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Boom! There it is - 101 posts in 48 days.

Rick, hold on to it and ship it with my hat for 600 - which is just 28 more...
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uva7
your posting like crazy leo . good job and congrats
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Just playing the Movie trivia...
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uva7
i should be playing more, but the temps have been in the 80's , just added a 12 x 23 addition to my deck... when the weather is nice i have a difficult time turning on the computer , usually the 5 minutes i plan on being online turns into 2 hours , then i kick myself in the ass for waisting my day away...     besides, im not great at this version..
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
I expect I will spend less time online as the summer progresses.  Today it's 46 and misty, so not doing anything outside.

Next week, I won't be on at all.  We're headed to Montana to see my son and family.
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Rick Holly
Way to go Leo. I will send you your two hats. Also, I will send Charlie his hat. I will pay for shipping for both Leo and Charlie. I will let you know when I have shipped the hats.
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Rick Holly
The 100 posts in 90 days contest has officially ended. I hope you had a fun time playing.
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Rick Holly
I just got the three hats out of the box. The hats were protected in a plastic bag inside the box. They look great. I will send them out this week. I will let you all know when they are in the mail. Thanks again for playing. I will have another contest on our forum for all of you to win more hats. I have over 100 of them. I promised myself I will give them all away, if possible. I WILL NOT SELL THEM. Thanks for being members of Tarawa Forum. Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpeg, Views: 29, Size: 244.78 KB
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uva7
every time i see them all i can say is " really great looking hats"   thanks again rick, for the forum , the hats and all that you have done to keep the memory of the tarawa alive.
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Rick Holly
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
every time i see them all i can say is " really great looking hats"   thanks again rick, for the forum , the hats and all that you have done to keep the memory of the tarawa alive.

Thank you for your kind words. I did go around and around many months with the hat company. I did not like a lot of the test samples they made, and I did make several changes. I am quite sure the company was upset with me. However, in the end, the hats look very, very similar to the original plank owners' hat. I also have a box of rejects. I could offer them one day. You could wear them when you are cutting the grass, working on the farm, fishing, hunting, hiking, etc.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
As long as they didn't misspell LHA-1 TARAWA, I'd love a reject.
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Steve Stanfill
I'd take a reject too, for daily wear, like at the Shooting Range, at the VFW, etc.
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Steve Stanfill
I got into my old Navy footlocker, hoping one of my old TARAWA hats was in there, but no such luck. I think the ex-idiot I was married to threw them away when we separated (I went on deployment). 
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Rick Holly
Ha, ha. Maybe the next forum contest should be for a reject!
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uva7
add my name , id love one too...
heck i will pay the shipping...,,

until i have two , i cant wear one.   i'm afraid of losing the only one i have or getting it dirty.
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Steve Stanfill
Rick Holly wrote:
Ha, ha. Maybe the next forum contest should be for a reject!


Woohoo!!! I win!!!   I'm a reject!! (Just ask my ex, she will tell ya!!) 
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uva7
hahaha  steve thats funny
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
Woo Hoo!  Got my hats today!!!  Thank you Rick!!!
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Charles R. Petrach
Got my hat, now I will put it away until the reunion
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Charles R. Petrach
Like the rest of you rejects I would like one.
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uva7
hey , keep cranking out those posts , i think at 1200 you can get another one ![biggrin]
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Rick Holly
What do you guys think about the look of the hats, quality, etc.? 
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
They are very nice hat's.

However, my hat from '83 has LHA-1 under the eagle, which will be nice as I lose my memory... [smile]
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Rick Holly
AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983 wrote:
They are very nice hat's.

However, my hat from '83 has LHA-1 under the eagle, which will be nice as I lose my memory... [smile]

I agree with the LHA1 on the bottom, but I was copying the original plank owner's hat.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
I know, and I think you did a great job. 
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Steve Stanfill
They came out wonderful.  Over the years I was onboard, the hats changed quite a bit.  But the hat you worked on is really great.  Great job, Rick!
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uva7
i love the hats and think they are wonderful..      when i was in my hat had the gold(yellow) eagle... we also had the brown and white eagle.    if i could change a thing, i would love to have one with a gold eagle....       but im working toward 1200 just so i can wear the second one...[smile]

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uva7
this is what i remember

s-l225.jpg  (pic borrowed from ebay)
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uva7
here is a better pic( also borrowed from ebay)

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Rick Holly
I wonder what a gold eagle with the rest in silver look like? Maybe too much bling?
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
here is a better pic( also borrowed from ebay)

s-l1600.jpg 

Now I'm going to have to post a pic of mine...
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uva7
rick,
gotta say again i love the hat. You did a fantastic job of re-creating the plank owner hat . I think what each member (i know for myself) we want as close to the original as possible . you did exactly that with the plank owner hat...   I myself never had a silver eagle hat because i was not a plank owner....   i had the one pictured above...  guess its as close to getting "mine" back as possible...

  there are some really cheap / just down right ugly hats out there that carry the tarawa name or logo.....    i wouldnt wear one of them on a bet...    my opinion says stick with original designs.    the hats you had made are fantastic- could almost call them NOS " new old stock"  and would probably sell all day - glad you are not selling them-  i agree that they need to be earned....      

Leo , post that pic , id love to see it.
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Rick Holly
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
rick,
gotta say again i love the hat. You did a fantastic job of re-creating the plank owner hat . I think what each member (i know for myself) we want as close to the original as possible . you did exactly that with the plank owner hat...   I myself never had a silver eagle hat because i was not a plank owner....   i had the one pictured above...  guess its as close to getting "mine" back as possible...

  there are some really cheap / just down right ugly hats out there that carry the tarawa name or logo.....    i wouldnt wear one of them on a bet...    my opinion says stick with original designs.    the hats you had made are fantastic- could almost call them NOS " new old stock"  and would probably sell all day - glad you are not selling them-  i agree that they need to be earned....      

Leo , post that pic , id love to see it.

Thanks. I agree. I have an original plank owner's hat that has NEVER been worn, and the new ones look just like them.
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Rick Holly
This is the original plank owner's hat. The first Tarawa hat. REALLY! I have NEVER worn the hat. When I got it, I immediately sent it home to my father. He placed it in an old trunk. My sister found it a few years ago when she was clearing my parents' home to sell it. There are no wrinkles or dust on it. Maybe one day I will sell it on eBay. Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpeg, Views: 14, Size: 201.81 KB Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpeg, Views: 14, Size: 216.91 KB Click image for larger version - Name: image.jpeg, Views: 14, Size: 204.42 KB
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Rick Holly
Actually, the new hat is better looking than the original hat, hee, hee. The original hat's text and eagle are on a patch that is sewn on the hat. The new hat has the text and eagle sewn into the hat itself. (see pictures above) I think it is a cleaner look.
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uva7
is it me , or is the brim of that hat huge ?
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Rick Holly
uva7@yahoo.com wrote:
is it me , or is the brim of that hat huge ?

It is the downward angle when I took the picture that is causing it to look huge.
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uva7
ahh ok, just looked gigantic.
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Steve Stanfill
So for a Second or Third Generation of the TARAWA hat, take a look at my profile picture.  Not my Avatar. This was probably around 1983 or so, definitely on the last deployment I made on her, as I left in 1984.
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