The "MIGHTY K" was first shown off with three house flags that flew proudly from the yardarm in 1960. These flags were a new addition to KAWISHIWI regalia, along with the new off-hours activity of creating a cruise book that established a cherished part of KAWISHIWI tradition.


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Three Flags that flew from the yardarm in 1960

The 1966 flag on USS Kawishiwi AO-146


They also had a UNION Oil pump station









The patch
was created by
Mike Smolinski

date unknown
The KIWI Bird
was picked in 1967
to be the Symbol Flag
of USS Kawishiwi AO-146

The symbol was short lived

A contest was held where the crew members submitted their ideas and a ship wide vote made the final selection. Looking at the symbol on a can of "Kiwi" shoe polish it was noticed that this the first four letters of "Kawishiwi" making as good as any symbol.

HISTORY OF KIWI POLISH

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Some crew members used KIWI as a nickname for the ship even before the contest.
Then came the "SPECIAL K"

"NON PARIEL" means "Having No Equal"





In 1969
Tim Barron SM3 and a cartoonist
drew "Special K" for Cruise book cover
of USS Kawishiwi AO-146
from a Kellogg's Cereal box.

He also drew the ships crest

View TIM'S Page



In 1970-71
The inscription "Special K" appeared
on the Cruise book again
for USS Kawishiwi AO-146




The Flag
"Special K"
also first appeared within
the cruise book
where a crew member was
promoted to 2nd class
with an undersized shirt
ordered by the captain.




1971 Promotion




1972

by Tom Sparkman


1976 FOX DIVISION



1976 FLYING

by Tom Tilque



TWO PLAQUES APPEARED ON THE SHIP
Click it to View one found in Pearl Harbor


Tom Sparkman's Plaque



THE COMMISSIONING PLAQUE

Displayed at 2006 Reunion