About Us - Dover Army Navy Store


About Us


Welcome to our web site. It is because of customers like you, that we exist and we thank you for your patronage over the last 45 years.

Our business started back in 1963 by our founder Jerome Zaback, an avid military patch collector. During that first year, not only was he active duty with the military but he was also trading in a small, rented stall, amongst many, in a farmers market. In 1964, he decided to incorporate and locate in a Downtown Dover, store front.

In 1965, Jerome was able to purchase a larger building in our current Downtown Dover location. The store traded in military surplus and insignia. Servicing both active duty military personnel as well as helping veterans restore their lost insignia from years gone by. It was also considered a real "neat" store for many a child who liked to play G.I. Joe, and still is today.

As he entered the mid 1970's, (post Vietnam) many Army Navy stores were transforming into sporting goods outlets. This was resisted by Jerome who very early on, had decided to stay a "traditional" Army Navy Store, only selling military goods, uniforms and insignia. This is what he liked and he stuck to his original ideals. He enjoyed helping out servicemen who really needed his help completing a uniform or acquiring many a name tag in haste. He brought joy to veterans faces when they were able to glance at an insignia once worn proudly on their uniforms. This was and still remains today, the rewarding ideal of Dover Army Navy Store.

In 1983, after retiring from a successful teaching career, Jerome stepped into the business full time which expanded the highly successful insignia market we enjoy today. In 1985, Jerome's son, Frank Zaback joined the business full time. Frank brought his professional experience as an accountant, enhancing the day to day operations. Through the 1980's and 1990's, the business expanded to include law enforcement equipment and supplies as well as numerous State of Delaware contracts. A small ad in the P.C. News (Police Collector's News) quickly grew as interest in the police patch trade grew.

As Dover Army Navy entered the 1990's, the police patch demand grew stronger than some of it's military insignia requests. We expanded, coming up with the same comprehensive effort we did with the military insignia. As a result, we now have become one of the largest distributors of collector police insignia in the market place.

WE DO NOT sell Federal Law Enforcement patches or badges.

WE DO NOT sell Law Enforcement Badges to collectors.

We DO however, have one of the most expansive selections of law enforcement and military insignia on the web.

In 1995, Jerome transferred ownership of the business to his son, Frank, who endeavors to carry on the traditions established by his father. Many have asked where we get so many law enforcement patches. Simply put, factory shelves have long been our source. Many manufacturers have inventories of inactive or over stocked insignia that they are willing to liquidate for cost of materials and labor. Our job as your supplier is to be vigilant in our search for such sources. The list in this web site is an indication of our success. Frank is constantly looking for anyone with large quantities of military or law enforcement patches. If you are that individual, please contact us.

In the year 2000, Frank took advantage of an opportunity to purchase the building next door. With some expensive modifications and a fire door between the two buildings, the first floor retail space now boasts approximately 7,500 square feet. A second floor space was converted into a collector's corner. Memorabilia such as Ike jackets, field gear and many more collectibles the likes of which are hard to find. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War I and II, etc.

In 2006, because of faithful duty and service to our customers, we were asked by the Boy Scouts of America to become a franchise in Delaware . To date, we are the only authorized, commercial account for the Boy Scouts, in the State of Delaware . Frank is a Boy Scout Leader and is also proud of his two sons, both of whom attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Sadly, in 2007, Jerome Zaback entered the history books when he lost his battle with cancer. A Brooklyn, New York businessman at heart, he was laid to rest on July 10, 2007 in Dover, Delaware . The memorabilia world will never be the same without him but many have said that Frank shares the same values as did his father.

The legend continues. . . . . . .

As we enter the 21st century and beyond, you can be assured, Dover Army Navy Store will not rest on it's laurels. We look forward to the challenge of expanding our list and fulfilling your desires to complete that collection you enjoy so much. We encourage you to return frequently to our site for updates and availabilities. Thank you for your patronage and support over the last 45 years. Good luck in your memorabilia quest!

9:00 - 5:30


222 West Loockerman Street

Dover, Delaware 19904-3248