In many ports of call, shops catering to visiting sailors produced personalized souvenirs. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum holds a collection of custom patches from the Cold War period. These patches celebrate individual divisions or teams on the aircraft carrier Intrepid and highlight their contributions to the ship.

Large U.S. Navy warships traditionally carried a detachment of U.S. marines. Intrepid’s Marine Detachment (MarDet), about 50 men, served as shipboard security and as anti-aircraft gunners, among other roles. The insignia of the Marine Detachment Afloat is the anchor and seahorse.


  • Title: Marine Detachment Patch
  • Date Created: 1960/1961
  • Historic Owner: John Lang II
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of John Lang III on behalf of John Lang II. 2008.34.06

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