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USS BON HOMME RICHARD   (CV-31)
(later CVA-31)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Hotel - Charlie - Lima

CLASS - ESSEX (Short Hull)
Displacement 27,100 Tons, Dimensions, 872' (oa) x 93' x 28' 7" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 32 x 40mm, 46 x 20mm, 82 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Hanger deck, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 150,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 3448.

Operational and Building Data

 The second Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) was launched 29 April 1944
by New York Navy Yard, and commissioned 26 November 1944.

FATE Decommissioned to reserve 2 July 1971. Stricken for disposal 20 Sept 1989.
Sold for scrap and subsequently scrapped at San Pedro starting in 1992.


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The Early Years — World War II
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023137
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USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), World War II.

Overhead plan and starboard profile meticulously drawn by John Robert Barrett. Available from Navy Yard Associates (if you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource).

Navy Yard Associates
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023108
146k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) slides down the building ways, as she is launched at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, on 29 April 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-3888).

Scott Dyben
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1944
NS023501
159k

Aerial view of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, BuAer photo # 290081, received 2 December 1944. There are five aircraft carriers in sight (refer to NS023501a): (1) Reprisal (CV-35) under construction in Dry Dock #6; (2) Coral Sea, later Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) under construction in Dry Dock #5; (3) Kearsarge (CV-33) under construction; (4) Oriskany (CV-34) under construction; and (5) USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), commissioned 26 November 1944.

Naval Historical Center photograph.

Ron Reeves
Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1944
NS023501a
464k
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023101
106k Undated, as completed. USN
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023130
117k

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Dry Dock #7 (Bayonne, N.J., annex), late 1944–early 1945.

Pieter Bakels
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023117
100k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) anchored in New York Harbor, with supply barges alongside, 9 January 1945. Photographed from a Naval Air Station, New York, aircraft, flying at an altitude of 300 feet.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97341).

NHC
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023117a
202k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) photographed on 9 January 1945, six weeks after commissioning, unloading aircraft bombs at New York. She is shown wearing Measure 32/17A. This bow view shows clearly that the port catapult is situated somewhat further aft than the starboard one. Note the flight deck markings, the aircraft elevators offset to one side of the ship's centerline, and the large number of 20mm AA guns. Note floating crane and covered lighters. (USN photo, A.D. Baker Collection.)

Photo from "Aircraft Carriers of the U.S. Navy," by Stefan Terzibaschitsch.

Robert Hurst
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023117b
187k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) photographed on 9 January 1945. This stern view gives an idea of the comparative widths of island and flight deck, and shows the large number of arrester wires across, and the numerous AA guns mounted along the edges of, the latter. The ship's bell can be seen behind the two 40mm directors at the bottom of the picture. (USN photo, A.D. Baker Collection.)

Photo from "Aircraft Carriers of the U.S. Navy," by Stefan Terzibaschitsch.

Robert Hurst
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023147
245k

Aerial view of USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) underway in the Central Pacific, 31 May 1945.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.038.006. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS091904301
86k Tappahannock (AO-43) refueling to port Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and to starboard Missouri (BB-63), July 1945. US Navy photo. -
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023153
75k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) under the Golden Gate, 18 October 1945.

U.S. Army
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023118
109k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) tied up at Carrier Pier # 2, Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, on 27 October 1945. USS Commencement Bay (CVE-105) is in the right background.

Pieter Bakels
Korea
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023122
101k

San Diego Bay, 1951. USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) picked up Carrier Air Group 102 (CVG-102) and departed San Diego for the Far East on May 10, 1951 on her first Korean cruise. The deployment lasted more than seven months — Bonnie Dick returned to San Diego on December 17.

David Buell
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023143
38k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) underway with Carrier Air Group 102 (CVG-102), probably off Korea, during their 10 May–17 December 1951 Korean War Cruise.

Ted Loughlin, USS BonHomme Richard CV/CVA-31/LHD-6,
via Harry Gordon, AMS3, VF781
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023144
357k

F9F-2B Panthers attached to VF-781 fly by USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) during their 10 May–17 December 1951 Korean War Cruise. The photo was apparently taken by one of the F9F-2P's from VC-61 Det. G, "Eyes of the Fleet," also part of Carrier Air Group (CVG) 102.

Harry Gordon, AMS3, VF781
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023109
81k

USS Yarnall (DD-541) hauls away to starboard after "topping off" from the oiler USS Manatee (AO-58), during replenishment operations off Korea, circa August 1951. USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852) is approaching from astern to fill her bunkers next. USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) is refueling on the oiler's opposite side. Photograph was released by Commander Naval Forces Far East under date of 7 August 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97348).

NHC
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023138
162k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) off Korea, October 1951.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard USS Los Angeles (CA-135).

N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection, via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard + CA-135 Los Angeles
NS023139
151k

USS Los Angeles (CA-135) and USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) moored at Yokosuka, Japan, October 1951.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard Los Angeles.

N.A. "Stretch" Brown collection, via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023139a
130k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) moored at Yokosuka, Japan, October 1951. Tail code "D" identified Carrier Air Group (CVG) 102, established for reserve squadrons called to active duty on 1 August 1950.

Photo by N.A. "Stretch" Brown, Gunners Mate 3rd Class aboard USS Los Angeles (CA-135).

CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023120
175k

A great aerial view of USS Bon Homme Richard, circa 1951–1953. Location unknown.

(Probably taken while returning to Alameda, California, 17 December 1951.)

The Family of
C.E. Shelby
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023155
117k

A U.S. Navy Douglas AD-4W Skyraider (BuNo 124761) of Fleet Composite Squadron (VC) 12, attached to the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) during the Korean War. Photo United States Naval Institute.

From Carrier Combat, by David Wragg.

Robert Hurst
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023111
32k

An aerial view of Bon Homme Richard's stern, 28 March 1952.

NHC
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023156
159k

VU-7-5432—San Diego, 20 May 1952—USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) deploys for WestPac and the Korean War, with CVG-7 embarked consisting of the following squadrons: VF-71 "Purple Devils," F9F-2 Panther; VF-72 "Hawks," F9F-2 Panther; VF-74 "Be-Devilers," F4U-4 Corsair; and VA-75 "Sunday Punchers," AD-4 Skyraider, among others. This deployment lasted until 8 January 1953. US Navy photo by Fleet Air Photo Lab, NAS San Diego.

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023154
109k

Aircraft warming up on the flight deck of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), in preparation for another Thanksgiving Day strike against the Communists in Korea. Photo is dated 27 November 1952. Aircraft include F9F Panther jet fighters, F4U Corsair fighter bombers and AD Skyraider attack planes.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97349).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023131
94k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) arrives off Pearl Harbor, returning from a Korean War combat tour, 31 December 1952. Aircraft on her flight deck include three R4D transport planes in addition to F4U fighters and AD attack planes of her air group.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (#NH 97342).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023123
186k

Aerial view of USS Bon Homme Richard, possibly taken while approaching Pearl Harbor at the end of her second and final Korean War cruise, May 10, 1952 – January 8, 1953. Carrier Air Group 7 (CVG-7) deployed with Bonnie Dick.

Robert M. Cieri
After SCB-27C/SCB-125 Modernization — Vietnam
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023128
118k

Recommissioning at Hunters Point, San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 6 September 1955, after modernization.

Source: San Francisco Naval Shipyard – Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904–74 NARA Pacific Region (San Francisco). Photo # NY1-3532-L-9-55.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023112
43k

A three quarter view of Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) underway on sea trials after reconversion at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, 15 September 1955 (photo # USN-680661).

NHC
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023129
73k

Starboard side view, 6 October 1955.

Source: San Francisco Naval Shipyard – Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904–74 NARA Pacific Region (San Francisco). Photo # NY1-3892-L-10-55.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023132
55k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), San Francisco Bay, 8 June 1956.

Bob Bobster
CV-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023102
41k

Undated, post SCB-125 overhaul which added her angled flight deck.

USN
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023140
122k

A Douglas F4D-1 Skyray fighter recovering aboard USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), 30 August 1957. Bonnie Dick was on her second WestPac deployment (12 July–9 December 1957) after the Korean War. Embarked Air Group was CVG-5 (tail code "NF"), with Skyray-equipped squadron VF-141 "Iron Angels."

Official U.S. Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97347).

Robert Hurst
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023149
180k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) and USS Ranger (CVA-61)—left—, circa 1958.

Photo by Paul H. Wilson, PH3, Photo Lab of the BHR, mid-1957–April 1959
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023116
318k

A great view of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) as she departs San Francisco for WestPac, November 1, 1958 with Carrier Air Group 19 (CVG-19) aboard.

Courtesy of
William T. Larkins
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023113
102k

At North Island, San Diego, Calif., late 1950s-early 1960s.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
CVA-61 Ranger, CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard, CVA-63 Kitty Hawk
NS0263bn
168k

"Three big carriers tied up at [Hunters Point] Shipyard's waterfront make an impressive sight. They are from left: USS Ranger (CVA-61), Berths 6 & 7; USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), Berths 8 & 9, and USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63), Berths 10 & 11." April 1962.

Ron Reeves
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS0583812
161k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) steams with an "honor guard" of four destroyers, as a Change of Command ceremony takes place on her fight deck, 28 November 1962. Captain E.P. Kline relieved Captain G.C. Bullard as the carrier's Commanding Officer during the ceremony, which took place while she was operating in the Western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet. The destroyers, all units of Destroyer Squadron Nineteen, are (at left): USS Ernest G. Small (DDR-838) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951); (alongside the carrier): USS Black (DD-666) and USS Dennis J. Buckley (DDR-808).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97346).

Fred Weiss
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023151
150k

Series of photos taken aboard USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) in November 1962. Carrier Air Group (CVG) 19.

NS023151: Grumman C-1A Trader, VR-21 "Pineapple Airlines."

NS023151a: McDonnell F-3B Demon, VF-193 "Ghost Riders."

NS023151b & NS023151c: Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, VA-195 "Dambusters."

NS023151d: Crash barrier.

NS023151e: Grumman E-1B Tracer, VAW-11 Det. E "Early Eleven."

NS023151f: Douglas A-1H Skyraiders, VA-196 "Main Battery."

Gary Schreffler
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023151a
101k
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023151b
109k
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023151c
127k
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023151d
123k
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023151e
119k
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023151f
175k
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023145
144k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) with her crew spelling out "Hello San Diego," while en route to San Diego on 9 February 1963. She returned to the California city, her home port, on 11 February, following a Western Pacific cruise that had begun seven months earlier, on 12 July 1962. Aircraft on her flight deck include three E-1, eleven F-8, six F-3, thirteen A-4 and nine A-1 types.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97343).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS0578842
266k

USS Kawishiwi (AO-146) refueling USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) and USS Hollister (DD-788), 5 December 1963.

Courtesy US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.038.050.

Mike Green
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023115
81k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) operating in the Gulf of Tonkin, November 2, 1964.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97344).

NHC
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023152
121k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) underway at sea, circa 1965. Photograph bears a "received" stamp dated 4 January 1966.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97345).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023114
117k

Underway, mid-to-late 1960s.

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023141
178k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 21, enters Pearl Harbor, HI, in late January 1967, at the beginning of her third Vietnam Cruise (26 January–25 August 1967). U.S. Navy photo processed by Bonnie Dick's own photo lab (# CVA-31-096-1-67).

Robert M. Cieri
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023124
184k

Official US Navy Photograph of the attack aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31,) making a hard turn as she steams in the Gulf of Tonkin. From the USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) Photo Lab.

Although this photo is dated November 2, 1964 during Bonnie Dick's first Vietnam cruise, air wing composition and communications equipment hint that the ship's third Vietnam deployment (January 26 – August 25, 1967) is a more likely time frame.

Robert M. Cieri

NS023103
165k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) catapults an A-4E Skyhawk attack plane assigned to VA-212 "Rampant Raiders," during operations off Vietnam, March 1967. Photographed by JOC R.D. Moeser, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1142110).

NHC

NS023133
171k

"South China Sea – catapult crewman uses hand signals to direct positioning of an F-8 Crusader fighter prior to launch from the flight deck of the attack aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31). The aircraft will be flying a mission over Vietnam."

U.S. Navy photo (# USN 1121089) by JOC R.D. Moeser, dated 3 March 1967, during the first on station period of the ship's third Vietnam deployment.

From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9),
via Chris Stanley

NS023133a
168k

"South China Sea – maintenance crewmen aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) check last minute details on the catapult and on F-8[E] Crusader aircraft[, assigned to VF-211 "Checkmates" squadron,] prior to reporting on Yankee station. The aircraft will be flying a mission over Vietnam."

U.S. Navy photo (# USN 1121025(?)) by JOC R.D. Moeser, dated 3 March 1967, during the first on station period of the ship's third Vietnam deployment.


NS023133b
115k

"South China Sea – flight deck boatswain signals mule driver to tow F-8[C] Crusader fighter aircraft[, assigned to VF-24 "Red Checkertails" squadron,] to respot position aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)."

U.S. Navy photo (# USN 1121078) by JOC R.D. Moeser, dated 3 March 1967, during the first on station period of the ship's third Vietnam deployment.


NS023146
154k

CAPT Dickson W. Alderton (right) relieved CAPT Theodore P. Dankworth as Commanding Officer, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), on Friday, 30 May 1969.

Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum (# 1996.488.038.074).

Bill Gonyo

NS023135
124k

Official U.S. Navy photo of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) underway, dated 13 June 1969. On that date Bonny Dick was on station in the Tonkin Gulf, during her 5th Vietnam Cruise (18 March–29 October 1969).

Paul Jarvis

NS023134
27k

Four photos of A-4 Skyhawks taken during the ship's 5th Vietnam Cruise, 18 March–29 October 1969.

A-4F assigned to VA-22 "Fighting Redcocks."

ABE3 Ron Peterson

NS023134a
21k

Bombing run by an A-4F assigned to VA-22 "Fighting Redcocks."


NS023134b
25k

A-4F assigned to VA-22 "Fighting Redcocks."


NS023134c
23k

A-4E assigned to VA-94 "Shrikes" coming home.


NS023142
196k

Profile of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), 1969–70.

Courtesy of ©Windjammer-Arts Naval Art & Aviation Art

NS023110
77k Kills and awards boards in the 1969-70 era. Photographed from USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) during an UNREP operation. © William P. Jones, former medical officer, USS Niagara Falls

NS023104
556k This is an aft view of the "Bonny Dick" leaving the Niagara Falls (AFS-3) after a Vert/Un Rep. © William P. Jones

NS023105
825k A-4 Skyhawks on the deck of the USS Bon Homme Richard. 1970 on Yankee Station. © William P. Jones

NS023106
542k This photo was taken while the Bonnie Dick was coming along side for underway replenishment from the USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) in 1970 at Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin. © William P. Jones

NS023119
245k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) and USS Parsons (DDG-33), foreground, steam in company with an amphibious squadron, background, as they make their way from the Gulf of Tonkin to Yokosuka, Japan, following the end of one of their on-line periods off Vietnam. Believed to have been taken in late July 1970.

This was Bon Homme Richard's last deployment, April 20–November 12, 1970 and included five combat periods: May 2–25, June 2–13, July 2–28, August 18–September 1, and September 28–October 20.

(Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided part of the information.)

Anonymous
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023125
169k

Two views of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), as seen from USS Bausell (DD-845) during WestPac 1970 (possibly in October, during Bonnie Dick's last on-line period.)

Lee Noland STGC USN Ret.
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023126
111k
CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023150
257k

USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) "steaming off San Diego, assisted by tugs, circa 1970–71."

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.038.086. Robert L. Lawson Photo Collection.

Mike Green
Ex-USS Bon Homme Richard
Ex-CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023148
144k

Ex-Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), August 1971, Bremerton, WA.

Leland Barnecut, Seattle, Washington
Ex-CVA-31 Bon Homme Richard
NS023127
78k

This photo of ex-USS Bon Homme Richard was taken in mid-1992 in San Pedro, California, at the location where she would be scrapped. The picture shows her still intact just before the scrapping process began.

Photo by David Buell

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