Where Did Patches Come From?
Very often they came from little shops in foreign ports.
Someone on the ship drew a design. It was taken to a local embroidery shop on a
street like this one in Yokosuka, Japan:
And the shop looked like this:
In this photo can be seen many patches including ones for USS
Orleck (DD-886), USS Frontier (AD-25, DesRon 19, and DesRon 25.
(Photos from the 1958 USS Hornet (CVA-12) cruise book)