Daniel Patrick O'Connell was a Scout in the Troop during the 1960s. In December, he sent us some of his memorabilia from that time.
One of the items that he sent us was a was a Jellyfish Patrol Flag and a Jellyfish Patrol Patch.
According to Mr. O'Connell:
The Jellyfish Patrol (named for the marine creatures that would blossom off Camp Roosevelt in late June) was the staff patrol – SPL, ASPL, JASM. The troop had 60+ boys in those days, and I think the staff patrol was used to graduate older boys out of Patrol Leader so that younger boys could assume leadership positions.
Before I became SPL, I was PL for
Panther Patrol, which was clearly the best patrol. I was recruited for
scouts by Jack McGinn, a neighbor who was Panther Patrol Leader and
later an Eagle Scout. Sadly, he died in the Vietnam War – he was a
What a great item from that time! You don't see things like this anymore.
And, just as important, we sadly have learned from his note that a second Scout from Troop 466 was killed in Vietnam: Jack McGinn. We will remember him and "Trippy" Streeks on Memorial Day 2022.