I was very, very fortunate and found one from boot camp, one from my ship, and one from Adak.
Turns out the fellow from my ship has quite a collection of memorabilia, including the commissioning pennant, from that old destroyer which has been an artificial reef since 1976. And what do I have? An old windbreaker, and a belt buckle.
But Joe took pity on me. Back in '74, he bought an engraved Zippo lighter from the ship's store and sent it to his dad. When his dad passed away, the lighter was returned to him. And then he found out that I had little remember the ship by, other than pictures, a home movie, and the items mentioned above.
He took pity on me, and sent me this:
I don't know that it will mean much to anyone other than another sailor, but this - a tangible reminder of part of my life that meant so much - made my heart swell.
Joe, you've made this old sailor very, VERY happy.