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Unused United States Navy Destroyer Ship U.S.S. Orleck DD-886 Advertising Insignia Ball Cap Hat
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Unused United States Navy Destroyer Ship U.S.S. Orleck DD-886 Advertising Insignia Ball Cap Hat
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The picture below shows a larger view of this Unused United States Navy Destroyer Ship U.S.S. Orleck DD-886 Advertising Insignia Ball Cap Hat. The hat is not dated and the year that it was made is unknown. The Destroyer ship image and the wording are all machine embroidered in color (gold & haze gray). The ship is pictured with some detail. There is an adjustable plastic snap back section. It is marked on the front and on the cloth tag inside as follows:

USS ORLECK
DD 886

PACIFIC HEADWEAR
STYLE 101C
100% COTTON
MADE IN CHINA

To judge the size the visor section measures about 7-3/8'' wide. It appears to be in mint unused condition as pictured.

Below here, for reference, is a History for the U.S. Orleck DD-886:

U.S.S. Orleck
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
History
United States
Name: U.S.S. Orleck
Namesake: Joseph Orleck
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas
Laid down: 28 November 1944
Launched: 12 May 1945
Commissioned: 15 September 1945
Decommissioned: 1 October 1982
Stricken: 6 August 1987
Honors and awards: 4 battle stars (Korea)
Fate: Transferred to Turkey, 1 October 1982
Turkey
Name: TCG Yücetepe
Acquired: 1 October 1982
Identification: D-345
Fate: Returned to the U.S.A., 12 August 2000
Museum ship at Orange, Texas, Notes: moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana, and opened in September 2010.
General characteristics
Class and type: Gearing class destroyer
Displacement: 2,616 long tons (2,658 t) standard, 3,460 long tons (3,516 t) full
Length: 390 feet 6 inches (119.02 m)
Beam: 40 feet 10 inches (12.45 m)
Draft: 14 feet 4 inches (4.37 m)
Propulsion: General Electric geared turbines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts 60,000 shp (45 MW)
Speed: 36.8 knots (68.2 km/h; 42.3 mph)
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 336
Armament (as built): 6 - 5"/38 caliber guns, 12 - 40 mm AA guns, 11 - 20 mm AA guns, 10 - 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes, 6 K-gun depth charge projectors, 2 depth charge tracks (as preserved, 1962 FRAM I configuration), 4 5 inch/38 cal guns (127 mm) (in 2 × 2 Mk 38 DP mounts), ASROC 8 cell launcher, 2 triple Mark 32 torpedo tubes for Mark 46 torpedoes

The U.S.S. Orleck (DD-886), was a Gearing class destroyer in service with the United States Navy from 1945 to 1982. In October 1982 she was sold to Turkey and renamed Yücetepe (D-345). After her final decommissioning the Turkish government transferred Yücetepe to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation at Orange, Texas, where she was berthed as a museum ship. The Orleck Foundation then decided to move the ship to the Calcasieu River in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Namesake
Joseph Orleck was born on 22 January 1906 at Columbus, Ohio. He enlisted in the Navy on 23 June 1924. Rising through the enlisted ranks, he was warranted Boatswain on 14 December 1938, and appointed Ensign on 15 June 1942. He assumed command of U.S.S. Nauset on 28 May 1943 with the rank of Lieutenant. He went down with his ship after a Luftwaffe bomber attack in the Gulf of Salerno on 9 September 1943. A recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for rescue work during the Casablanca invasion, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his firefighting and flood control efforts to prevent total loss of his ship during the Salerno assault.

Service History
United States Navy (1945 - 1982)
The U.S.S. Orleck was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas, on 28 November 1944, launched on 12 May 1945 by Mrs. Joseph Orleck, widow of Lieutenant Orleck, and commissioned on 15 September 1945. Her original cost was $6,313,000 U.S dollars.

Orleck operated with the 7th Fleet in support of United Nations Forces during the Korean War. Orleck underwent an extensive FRAM I overhaul in 1962. On 7 June 1965, Orleck assisted in the recovery of the Gemini IV space capsule. During the Vietnam War, Orleck served as plane guard for aircraft carriers on “Yankee Station” in the Gulf of Tonkin, participated in “Operation Sea Dragon”, patrolled on search and rescue duties, and carried out naval gunfire support missions. Orleck was decommissioned on 1 October 1982 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 August 1987.

Turkish Navy (1982 - 2000)
Orleck was transferred to Turkey for service in the Turkish Navy. She was renamed TCG Yücetepe (D-345) in Turkish service.

Museum ship (since 2000)
On 12 August 2000, the Turkish government transferred Yücetepe to the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation at Orange, Texas, for use as a memorial and museum under her old name, U.S.S. Orleck. When Hurricane Rita stuck the Texas coast in September 2005, Orleck was severely damaged. After repairs, Orleck was ready to return to her pier at Ochiltree-Inman Park; however, the City of Orange refused to allow her to return. Orleck was temporarily relocated to Levingston Island, then moored north of Orange Harbor Island. On 6 May 2009, the Lake Charles, Louisiana, City Council voted in favor of an ordinance authorizing the City to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with U.S.S. Orleck. On 20 May 2010 it moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana where it is now on display. The grand opening in Lake Charles occurred on 10 April 2011. As of 2019 the ship was currently facing closure of the museum with the ship being either sunk or scrapped; however the museum remained operational. In 2019, following the failure to acquire U.S.S. Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) as a museum ship in Jacksonville, Florida, it has been proposed by to acquire Orleck and move her to the proposed berth that was obtained for the Charles F. Adams. The U.S.S. Adams Association studied Orleck and deemed that she would survive the tow from Lake Charles to Jacksonville. The proposal is under consideration. On August 30, 2019, the Jacksonville Naval Museum announced that the transfer of Orleck to Jacksonville has been approved and are waiting on finalizing plans with the Jacksonville city council. In February 2020, the move to Jacksonville was confirmed. She would remain open in Lake Charles until March 1, 2020, before closing in preparation for an inspection by the US Coast Guard for towing to dry dock in Texas for repairs before making the tow to Jacksonville.

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Unused United States Navy Destroyer Ship U.S.S. Orleck DD-886 Advertising Insignia Ball Cap Hat


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