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USS BELLEAU WOOD   (CV-24)
(later CVL-24)




Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Foxtrot - Golf - November

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (12 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal

Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
9 Sep 1940(*)
18 Mar 1942(**)
11 Aug 1941 6 Dec 1942 31 Mar 1943 13 Jan 1947 1 Oct 1960
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
(*) As a Light Cruiser (CL-76), see below
(**) As an Aircraft Carrier (CV-24), see below

Specifications
(As built, 1943)
Displacement (design): 11,000 tons standard; 15,100 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 600' x 71' 6" x 26' (max)  /  182.9 x 21.8 x 7.9 (max) meters
Dimensions (max.): 622' 6" x 109' 2"  /  189.7 x 33.3 meters
Armor: 5"-3.25" belt (2" belt over fwd magazine); 2" protective deck(s); 0.38" bridge; 5"/3.75" bhds; 5" bhds, 2.25" above, 0.75" below steering gear
Power plant: 4 boilers (565 psi, 850°F); 4 geared turbines; 4 shafts; 100,000 shp (design)
Speed: 31+ knots
Endurance (design): 12,500 nautical miles @ 15 knots
Armament: 2 quad 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 8 (soon 9) twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 16 single 20-mm/70-cal guns mounts
Aircraft: 30+
Aviation facilities: 2 centerline elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult (H 2-1)
Crew: approx. 1,560


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Construction
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022416
67k

Belleau Wood (CV-24) going down the slipway on Sunday, December 6, 1942.

Robert Hurst
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022416a
61k

"CAMDEN, N.J., DEC. 6[, 1942]—NEWEST CARRIER LAUNCHED. The aircraft carrier Belleau Wood is shown gliding into the Delaware River today after being christened by Mrs. Thomas C. Holcomb, wife of the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. It was the third plane carrier to be launched in 15 weeks from the yard of the N.Y. Shipbuilding Corporation."

Ron Reeves
Tommy Trampp
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022404
142k

Stern view of Belleau Wood (CV-24) at time of inclining experiment, New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J., 27 March 1943. She was commissioned four days later.

Pieter Bakels
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022404a
144k

Belleau Wood (CV-24), topside arrangement, port side at time of inclining experiment, Saturday, 27 March 1943. New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.

Pieter Bakels
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022404e
119k

Belleau Wood (CV-24), topside arrangement, port side at time of inclining experiment, Saturday, 27 March 1943. New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.

Pieter Bakels
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022404b
119k

Belleau Wood (CV-24), topside arrangement, starboard side at time of inclining experiment, Saturday, 27 March 1943. New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.

Pieter Bakels
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022404c
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Belleau Wood (CV-24), topside arrangement, port side at time of inclining experiment, Saturday, 27 March 1943. New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.

Pieter Bakels
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022404d
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Belleau Wood (CV-24), topside arrangement, port side at time of inclining experiment, Saturday, 27 March 1943. New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.

Pieter Bakels
In U.S. Service
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022411
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USS Belleau Wood (CV-24) in the Delaware river off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 18 April 1943. This view has been marked to identify SK, SC and SG radar and YE aircraft homing beacon antennas.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 64673).

Naval Historical Center
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022412
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USS Belleau Wood (CV-24) in the Delaware River, off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 18 April 1943.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-43702).

Naval Historical Center
CV-24 Belleau Wood
NS022411a
100k

Another photo of USS Belleau Wood (CV-24) in the Delaware River off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 18 April 1943.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022403
57k As seen from USS Minneapolis (CA-36) on October 5, 1943. USN
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022426
202k

Fire control crews at work on a crashed F6F-5 Hellcat from Fighting Squadron (VF) 21 on the deck of USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24), 6 October 1943. U.S. Navy photo.

Pieter Bakels
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022401
114k

Underway on 22 December 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97269).

Naval Historical Center
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022402
74k

December 22, 1943; underway, port view. Her cruiser origins can clearly be seen in this image.

She was completed in Ms.14 camouflage, painted into Ms.33/3D in August 1944 and into Ms.21 in January 1945. (Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided additional info).

Belleau Wood's elevators (adjacent to island and amidships) are lowered. Note her small, antenna-cluttered island, separate radar mast, four small funnels, and bow and stern detail. Photo U.S. Navy.

Photo and partial text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022407
138k

Underway on 22 December 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (photo # 80-G-276768).

Scott Dyben
CVL-24 Belleau Wood + DD-384
NS0538428
116k

Four views of a collision between USS Dunlap (DD-384) and USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24), 7 January 1944. Source is National Archives II, CINCPAC: Secret and Top Secret General Administration Files, 1941–44.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVL-24 Belleau Wood + DD-384
NS0538427
116k
CVL-24 Belleau Wood + DD-384
NS0538429
90k
CVL-24 Belleau Wood + DD-384
NS0538426
95k
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022408a
162k

Carrier Raids on the Marianas, February 1944. USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) during Operation Cherry Tree, a carrier strike at the Marianas, 22–23 February 1944. Note the Japanese aircraft which appears as a dark rectangle just above the horizon line near the right hand edge of the photograph. (See also NS022408.)

From "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II," by Theodore Roscoe.

Robert Hurst
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022408
100k

Carrier Raids on the Marianas, February 1944. A Japanese bomber explodes as it crashes into the sea near USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24), during an attack on Task Group 58.2 off the Mariana Islands, 23 February 1944. Photographed from USS Essex (CV-9). (See also NS022408a.)

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (photo # 80-G-218422).

Scott Dyben
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022409
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USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24), center, and USS Franklin (CV-13), right, afire after they were hit by Kamikaze attacks off the Philippines on 30 October 1944. Photographed from USS Mugford (DD-389), whose port midships 20mm guns are in the foreground.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (photo # 80-G-273074).

Scott Dyben
CV-13 Franklin, CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS021308
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USS Franklin (CV-13), at right, and USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) afire after being hit by Japanese kamikaze suicide planes, while operating off the Philippines on 30 October 1944. Photographed from USS Brush (DD-745). Note "flak" bursts over the ships.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-326798).

Scott Dyben
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022410
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USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) burning aft after she was hit by a Kamikaze, while operating off the Philippines on 30 October 1944. Flight deck crewmen are moving undamaged TBM torpedo planes away from the flames as others fight the fires. USS Franklin (CV-13), also hit during this Kamikaze attack, is afire in the distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (photo # 80-G-342020).

Scott Dyben
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022410a
208k

Another view, as above.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022422
110k

A series of four photos taken at Hunters Point on 18 January 1945, showing alterations.

Island, looking aft.

Pieter Bakels
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022422a
33k

Island, looking forward.

CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022422b
27k

Stack view.

CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022422c
159k

Plan view forward.

CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022413
75k

Landing Signal Officer, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Walter F. Wujcik, bringing in a plane, circa 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-K-5186).

Naval Historical Center
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022414
75k

Seaman 1st Class A.D. Allison and Seaman 1st Class J.W. Roberts reading a letter on the carrier's flight deck, circa 1945. An F6F Hellcat fighter is behind them.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-K-5188).

Naval Historical Center
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022423
124k

Port bow view of USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) at anchor on 19 January 1945, off Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.058.003.

Mike Green
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022424
100k

USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) underway off Iwo Jima, 26 February 1945.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.058.017. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CVL-24 Belleau Wood
NS022421
99k

A photo of USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) taken in Tokyo Bay on October 15, 1945. It was taken by a US naval officer — it's not an official US Navy photo.

David Buell
In French Service

NS022405
94k

French aircraft carrier Bois Belleau, formerly USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24) is moved to a berth at the Norfolk Naval Base to load aircraft in December 1953, shortly before her departure for France. Among the ships in the background are USS New Jersey (BB-62), USS Albany (CA-123) and USS Casa Grande (LSD-13).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 89299).

Joe Radigan
Belleau Wood / Bois Belleau
NS022417
60k

Bois Belleau around 1954, shortly after being loaned to the French Navy. SPS-4 radar is fitted half way up the mast, with YE at the head; SK-2 is fitted between the pairs of funnels. Note that quad and twin 40mm Bofors gun mounts are fitted as well.

Robert Hurst
Belleau Wood / Bois Belleau
NS022418
37k

Bois Belleau (ex-USS Belleau Wood) underway circa 1954, loaded with various types of aircraft.

Robert Hurst

NS022406
69k Circa 1950s © Joe Radigan
Belleau Wood / Bois Belleau
NS022419
63k

Bois Belleau (ex-USS Belleau Wood) dressed overall in the mid-1950s, location unknown. Note the new radar mast fitted with the French DRBV-22 air search radar forward of the third funnel.

Robert Hurst

NS022415
37k French aircraft carrier Bois Belleau (R97). Haze Gray & Underway
Belleau Wood / Bois Belleau
NS022420
70k

Bois Belleau circa 1957, with SP radar on the bridge and the French DRBV-22 antenna on the mast further aft. Location unknown.

Robert Hurst

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

View the USS Belleau Wood (CV-24 / CVL-24)
DANFS History entry located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: Mr. Richard D. Fread
Address: 9249 Glen Moor Lane,
Port Richey, FL 34668
Phone: (727) 848-5409
E-mail: rfread@microd.com
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