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The Commissioning pennant in the center shows only four stars instead of the usual seven to depict the four stars of Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, our namesake. Also, it curves to form the letter "S", for Sherman, and the blue field with the gold band is, of course, the traditional Navy blue and gold. An interesting sidelight is the fact that when the plaque was designed, the gold band became reversed and did not run from left to right as is customary. Experts on heraldry tell us that traditionally, a band running from right to left is a sign of bastardy in the family, however, we lay no claim to this, Forrest Sherman is a proud ship with a proud crew.  (Thanx to Richard G. Marinelli for the plaque and Dick Tatten for the history of the seal.)