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(later CVL-24)

Commanding Officers
Captain Alfred Melville Pride USNRF 1918   (1) 31 March 1943 – 11 April 1944   (2) ADM
Captain John Perry USNA 1920 (3) 11 April 1944 – 26 January 1945 VADM
Captain William Gosnell Tomlinson USNA 1920 (3) 26 January 1945 – 15 December 1945 VADM
Captain John Broder Moss USNA 1923 15 December 1945 – 13 August 1946 VADM
Commander Edgar George ("Ozzie") Osborn USNA 1935 13 August 1946 – 13 January 1947 CAPT
(1) Served as a Machinist's Mate, later an Ensign in the Naval Reserve Corps in England and France during World War I. He subsequently transferred to the U.S. Navy.   [Back]
(2) CFO Belleau Wood since 4 January 1943, then CO. (CFO = Connection Fitting Out / Physically on board for the commissioning and fitting out of a specified ship or activity.)   [Back]
(3) Graduated on 6 June 1919 with the Class of 1920.  [Back]

Sources: Ron Reeves & Wolfgang Hechler; Skip Duett. Flight Quarters, The War Story of the U.S.S. Belleau Wood, donated by Dave Avery, M/Sgt USAF (retired). Photo of RADM Tomlinson thanks to Darryl Baker.

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