ONE OF A KIND!!!!!!!
U.S. NAVY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER CHARGE BOOK!!!
The Charge book is a Navel tradition. The use of the Charge Book dates back to WWII. Due to losses incured in combat, commanding officers were authorized to advance deserving, qualified individuals to the rank of Chief. Prior to moving into the CPO Quarters, the commanding officers would direct the selectee to go to each Chief on board and obtain a list of their duties and responsibilities, and get their signatures. This process would insure the selectee would become knowledgeable of the members of the Mess and w to go to solve problems. Once the book was complete, it was presented to the commanding officer for review. Once the CO was satisified the selectee was advanced at quarters in front of the ship's company. Each book is as unique as the individual that makes them. T are Navy guidlines that must be followed in making the Charge Book, but no two are the same.
This particular Charge Book comes in a wood case with brass corners and hardware. On the front is the CPO name, Thomas, in raised brass letters. Also attached to the front are 8 mini medals and USN pins. The Book has a lock which was broken to open the book but could be easily replaced. The inside of the case is lined with blue and yellow felt. The inside cover has a patch that reads,"Chief Petty Office - Initiated and Proud". The signature book is covered in Navy Kahki and looks like the front of an officers shirt. It is adorned with navy pins and 14 Ribbon Bars. The first page gives the history of the Charge Book. The following pages are personal messages from the the people he served with. T are also messages from his father, wife, brother and other family members.
This is truely a unique find and would be a wonderful addition to any collector of Naval Militaria.
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IN THE PAST SIX DAYS WE HAVE HAD DOZENS OF EMAILS FROM VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE NAVAL COMMUNITY. WE MEAN NO DISRESPECT BY LISTING THIS BOOK. LET ME SAY AGAIN THAT THIS WAS PURCHASED AT AN AUCTION IN JANUARY. WE TRIED TO FIND MR. THOMAS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS BUT COULD NOT. WE LISTED THE BOOK NOT KNOWING WHAT IT MEANT TO OTHER CPO'S. HOWEVER, HUNDREDS OF THIS GENTLEMAN'S NAVAL ITEMS WERE SOLD AT THIS AUCTION. WE BOUGHT ALL OF THEM. BY LOOKING AT EVERYTHING THAT WAS AUCTIONED OFF, WE CONCLUDED THAT EITHER:
A: MR. THOMAS PASSED AWAY AND HIS FAMILY NO LONGER WANTED ANY OF THESE ITEMS SO THEY SOLD THEM TO THE AUCTION HOUSE.
B: MR THOMAS RETIRED AND NO LONGER WANTS HIS NAVAL MEMORIES AND HE SOLD THEM HIMSELF TO THE AUCTION HOUSE.
WITH THAT SAID, SOME OF THE EMAILS WE ARE RECEIVING ARE EXTREMELY RUDE AND MALICIOUS. CALLING US NAMES AND DEMANDING THAT WE STOP THE AUCTION DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT THESE ITEMS WERE SOLD BY THE THOMAS FAMILY.