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NavSource Online: Aircraft Carrier Photo Archive

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

(later AVT-4)

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

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
2nd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / National Defense Service Medal (Korea) / Korean Service Medal (7 stars)
3rd Row: Korean Presidential Unit Citation / United Nations Korean Medal / Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Displacement 11,000 Tons, Dimensions, 622' 6" (oa) x 71' 6" x 26' (Max)
Armament 24 x 40mm, 22 x 20mm AA, 30 Aircraft.
Armor, 5" Belt, 2" Decks, 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 31.5 Knots, Crew 1569.

Independence Class Light Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
16 Dec 1940(*)
2 Jun 1942(**)
31 Aug 1942 1 Aug 1943 17 Nov 1943
13 May 1950
11 Feb 1947
9 Apr 1954

1 Sep 1959
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
(*) As a Light Cruiser (CL-99), see below
(**) As an Aircraft Carrier (CV-29), see below

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Sailors on the carrier's forecastle during her Commissioning ceremonies, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 November 1943. Note ship's jack flying at left and her starboard anchor (18,000 pound type) at right.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 75602), courtesy of Mr. James Russell, 1972.

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Captain Valentine H. Schaeffer, USN, the carrier's Commanding Officer, cuts the cake at a reception following her commissioning ceremonies, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 November 1943. Looking on are Philippine Commonwealth Vice President Sergio Osmeña and Miss Rosie Osmeña.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97311).

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75k Good overhead, showing the layout of this class. USN
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) underway, date and location unknown.

Tommy Trampp
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 2 March 1944. She is painted in Measure 32 Design 8A camouflage pattern.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 45508).

Robert Hurst
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 2 March 1944. Aircraft parked on her flight deck, forward, are TBM Avenger torpedo planes.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 92287).

Robert Hurst
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) off Philadelphia Navy Yard, 2 March 1944. The colour demarcations of Design 8A (Measure 32) are clearly visible. As is well known, the internal decks of these ships lay parallel to the waterline, and not to the line of the main (upper) deck; the tapering section between contained empty spaces, lift shafts and stowage space. Note that the undersurfaces of overhanging parts are mostly painted white. Photo USN (A. D. Baker Collection).

Robert Hurst
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VF-50 "Devil Cats" made one combat deployment aboard USS Bataan (CVL-29), April–July 1944, under LCDR Johnnie C. Strange, with F6F-3 Hellcats.

Disney design, Bandit Fox riding on F6F Hellcat, flight jacket patch.

Tommy Trampp
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USS Bataan (CVL-29). View forward, showing alterations. Hunters Point, San Francisco, Calif., 29 September 1944. Photo # 2498-44-S8 (?).

Pieter Bakels
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USS Bataan (CVL-29). View aft, showing alterations. Hunters Point, San Francisco, Calif., 29 September 1944. Photo # 2499-44-S8.

Pieter Bakels
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USS Bataan (CVL-29). Broadside, starboard view. Hunters Point, San Francisco, Calif., 6 October 1944. Photo # 2680-44-S4.

This view shows the starboard side of her camouflage scheme (Measure 32/Design 8A) to advantage.

David Buell
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) in October 1944, probably ferrying aircraft to Hawaii. Note her camouflage, Ms. 32 Design 8A.

National Archives, College Park, Maryland via Dwayne A. Day
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Carrier Strikes on Japan, March 1945 — A Japanese Navy Judy (Yokosuka D4Y3) bomber passes near USS Bataan (CVL-29) during an unsuccessful dive bombing run on Task Force 58, while the U.S. ships were operating off Japan on 20 March 1945. The Japanese plane was soon brought down by anti-aircraft fire. Photographed from USS Hancock (CV-19). Bataan is the ship in the center of the view.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-319232).

Scott Dyben
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Officer of the Deck, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Howard W. Milke, USNR, welcomes entertainer Pascacio Alinangohan as he boards the ship in 1945. Mr. Alinangohan, a former guerrilla Captain whose stage name is "Professor Paz", led a troupe of dancers, singers and guitarists in a show for the carrier's crew. The plaque behind them features a quotation from the speech given by Philippine President Manuel Quezon at USS Bataan's launching ceremonies on 1 August 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 47859).

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Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Edward Iglesias, USNR, accompanies Miss Estefanie Veloso, grandaughter of Philippine Commonwealth President Sergio Osmeña, as she inspects the cockpit of a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter, while touring the ship on 10 June 1945. Bataan had just completed her tour with Task Force 58 on 30 May. The touring party comprised Mrs. Edilbertio Osmeña, daughter-in-law of President Osmeña; Mr. & Mrs. Juan Veloso, son-in-law and daughter of the President; and Miss Veloso. Conducting the guests on the tour of the ship was Captain Ward C. Gilbert, USN. Also accompanying the party were various Philippine and United States officials.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 48995).

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USS Bataan (CVL-29), probably in the Panama Canal, early October 1945, en route to New York.

John Varnado
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) during gunnery practice in the early to mid-1950s. She is firing at KD2R drone target planes launched from LSM-546.

Gary Priolo
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) circa 1951, location unknown.

Official U.S. Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1954–1955."

Robert Hurst
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Marine Corps Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsairs being readied aboard USS Bataan (CVL-29) for a strike against enemy supply routes during the Korean War. Photo U.S. Navy, Official.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) arrives at San Diego, California, with her crew paraded on deck, as she returns from seven months in Korean waters. Photo is dated 25 June 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-437649).

Scott Dyben
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Photo of USS Bataan (CVL-29) possibly taken on the same occasion as the one above.

Don Garner
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176k Three photos of the Bataan after being modernized from July-November, 1951 for ASW operations. She now is equipped with a standard two level bridge, and her main mast carries and HF/DF antenna visible among her surface to air dipoles. Her four uptakes have been trunked together leaving only two, after the refit USN
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182k Same as above, except that a C-47 is visible parked at her stern. She retains a quadruple 40mm mount at the bow and stern USN
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124k Starboard quarter view of the Bataan showing her uptakes and bridge supports clearly. A quadruple 40mm mount is visible directly astern USN
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Underway in January 1952 with F4U-4B Corsair fighter-bombers of VMF-314 on board. Photo was taken as she was working up in preparation for her second Korean War deployment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-633888).

Of note are the arrester wires that have been fitted as far back as the midships section of her flight deck; the port side hull bulge, utilised as a side deck, is clearly visible. SPS-6 and SP radars, and YE aircraft homing beacon are carried. (Thanks to Robert Hurst).

Scott Dyben
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TBM-3 Avenger of Air Anti-Submarine Squadron (VS) 871 launching from USS Bataan (CVL-29), 1953. VS-871 was called to active duty in May 1951 and deployed to the Korean War zone in October 1952 aboard Bataan, returning home in February 1953 aboard USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116). VS-871 was redesignated VS-37 in June 1953.

Courtesy of Scott Koen &
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USS Bataan (CVL-29) photographed on 22 May 1953, as she was en route to Naval Air Station San Diego, California, following a deployment to Korean waters. Note crew paraded on the flight deck spelling out the word "HOME" and an arrow pointing over her bow. Aircraft on deck include 19 Grumman AF Guardian anti-submarine planes and a solitary Vought F4U Corsair fighter (parked amidships on the starboard side).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 95808).

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USS Bataan (CVL-29), as she appeared in the 1950s.

Courtesy of, via Jack Treutle

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS BATAAN (CVL-29 / AVT-4) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Sando Cosenza
Phone: 830-257-3744
E-mail: None
Related Links
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Korean Combat Action Reports located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site

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