Commisioning letter from Al Creasey. First Day in Commision
These two patches were sent in by Phillip Anderson. They are from the early sixties and are still available if anyone is interested. The shield is Squadron 5 and the round is TF 77.
I don't know a lot about this particular patch. It is from the early to mid sixties and is done like the Morton Salt company logo. The Morton Salt company was very friendly and supported the Morton in many ways over the years. From the breakaway flag to the salt dispensers around the ship that were painted like the Morton Salt cans. They are still gracious to us to this day and have given us permission to use the salt can around the web site. .
The Shore Patrol arm band was worn by OS2 Palmer on many duty nights in Pearl Harbor and in other ports like Olongopo. It is a little worn and the SP is seperating from the black felt band. Shore Patrol was a duty that most petty officer\s had to perform at one time or another.
At left is an arm jacket patch from the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. No Ka Oi is Hawaiin for " The Very Best"
Commisioning Day Program page
Scanned copies of an original Commisiong Day program.

Retrun to Quarterdeck

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I am always looking for other things to add to this concerning the Morton. If you have anything you would like to add to this please contact me. I am open to any suggestions concerning this page and any other page on the web site. Post Cards, souvenir's of any kind, keepsakes, ships lighters, anything. If you cannot copy an item you can mail it to me and I can copy it and return it. Thanks.
EMAIL RICK PALMER
Above is the last UNREP Breakaway flag used on Morton. Morton Salt company graciously supplied these over the years.

At left is the breakdown light from the mast of Morton. This was given to Al Bell in appreciation for providing ships equipment information to recyclers when Morton was being dismantled.

( see Mortons last days for full story)
Thanks to Cdr Bell for these pictures. Flag will be at next reunion.
Zippo lighter, unused and still in the box. Purchased at the ships store in 1973 shortly after I reported aboard. I don't smoke but it is a good souvenir.
Left is a book mark from the second commissioning in 1970 after the ASW modernization.
Sent in by Capt. Joe Fairchild.
Letter above, signed by first Morton Capt. John DeLargey, announcing the opening of the Morton Post Office in 1959. Thanks to Joan McCloud Mecteau , daughter of ETCS Cecil McCloud.
Kent Smith wore this buckle for years while a Chief Radarman on Morton in early 70s and probably for years after that..
Larry Stamper sent this image of a Morton plaque he found a few years back. Nice find. Larry is also the builder of a fine large size model of Morton in original from. It can be seen thru a link on the Links page.
Wolfgang Hechler of Germany has been collecting envelopes and other suovenir items from US ships for nearly 40 years. This is an envelope that was mailed to him from Morton in 1973.
I recently purchased the USS Morton Commissioning Zippo from 1959 on Ebay.  This is a rare find in that the Zippo is mint in the box and a treasure I will keep forever.  The Morton was my first ship out of boot camp and still the one I am most proud of.
Fair Winds, Following Seas,
John A. Altfeltis SMC (SW)
USS Morton, O.C. Division 1964-65
Here is a beautiful USS Morton, Christmas card from 1964, my first Christmas away from home.  We were in Wespac having relieved the USS Turner Joy at the Subic Bay Naval Station in late September.  I will never forget that small but beautiful Christmas tree on the mess deck.  Enjoy this beautiful piece of USS Morton history.
                                                                                Fair Winds, Following Seas,





John A. Altfeltis, USN-Retired
USS Morton, DD-948       
Former Crew Member
OC Division, 1964-1965
I was able to secure this one like the commissioning Zippo on Ebay.   Morton  was my first ship out of boot camp and the one I am still most proud of.
   John A. Altfeltis

This a mint, early 1960's, USS Morton lighter made by Penguin and is very hard to find in new condition.