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1994 USS Saratoga CV-60 Bronze Medal Gallery
I have looked for a medal of the ship I served on while I was in the US Navy from 1974-1976. I collected a lot of small items including coins and paper money from most the ports of liberty I went to, and small souvenirs from the ships store. When I left the ship in Italy for the last time, my uniforms and civilian clothing and all my personal items were lost in transport somewhere, never to be found again.
There were two nicknames for our ship. One was "The Fighting Cock" and the other "The Sinking Sara".
It was a ship that had a long history and was in rough shape. It went on to sail another unbelievable 18 years after I got off.
The image shown is from 1975 and it is possible I am one of the specs on the flight deck in "Fly 2" which is the middle third of the flight deck and it was my assigned workplace.

Shown on the reverse is the Carrier Air Wing Seventeen Squadron inverted triangular insignia. When USS Forrestal CV-59 entered a three-year Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) in November 1982, CVW-17 crossdecked to USS Saratoga and made six deployments aboard her until 1994.

Also shown is the Saratoga CV-60 insignia. It features a fighting gamecock, traditional symbol of U.S. ships named Saratoga, standing on an outline shield, representing the shield of the federal government. The silhouette behind is that of the CVA-60. Upon the shield itself are a symbolic crown and a trident, reflecting Saratoga's claim as queen of the dreadnaughts. The trident is the symbol of her domain. The dominant colors are red and yellow. The former stands for the blood of thousands of Americans, spilled to maintain our freedoms. The latter represents the Saratoga's readiness to thwart aggression. The Latin motto is translated: "Unconquered fighting cock".

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