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    Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-41-B) Flown Mission Insignia Patch with Unflown U.S.S. McCandless Ship Decommissioning Crew Patch, Both Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II. A 5.75" x 3.75" embroidered AB Emblem crew patch flown on the tenth Shuttle mission with the crew of Vance Brand, Bob Gibson, Bruce McCandless II, Bob Stewart, and Ron McNair. Also included in this lot is an embroidered crew patch from the decommissioning cruise of the USS McCandless, 3.5" x 4.5", obviously a very important keepsake for him. Both excellent.

    A history of this ship from the Navsource.org website: "Bruce McCandless, the son of Commodore Byron McCandless (1881-1967) was born in Washington, DC on 12 August 1911. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1932. He served in Indianapolis (CA 35) and Case (DD 370). He was serving as communications officer of San Francisco when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941. On 13 November 1942, during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Japanese gunfire killed Radm. Daniel J. Callaghan and his staff, including Captain Cassin Young and all other officers on the San Francisco's bridge, except Lcdr. McCandless, who took the conn for the rest of the battle. For his conduct, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, and promoted to full Commander. Cmdr. McCandless continued to serve in San Francisco until 1944, when he took command of the destroyer Gregory (DD 802). On 08 April 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa, Gregory was attacked and damaged by four kamikazes; her CO was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry.

    "Captain McCandless retired on 01 September 1952, with a terminal promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral. He died in Washington, DC, on 24 January 1968, and was buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Radm. McCandless was the father of NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II.

    "USS McCandless (DE 1084) (1972-1994) was the first ship named in his honor, and that of his father, Commodore Byron McCandless. There is also a street at the U.S. Naval Academy named after Admiral McCandless, as well as the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Florence, Colorado."


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    November, 2019
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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