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USS ANTIETAM   (CV-36)
(later CVA-36 and CVS-36)



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

CLASS - ESSEX (Long Hull) AKA TICONDEROGA
Displacement 27,100 Tons, Dimensions, 888' (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.

Essex Class (*) Aircraft Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
7 Aug 1942 15 Mar 1943 20 Aug 1944 28 Jan 1945 8 May 1963 1 May 1973
Builder: Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
(*) "Long Hull" group, aka Ticonderoga Class

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USS Antietam (CV-36) was named after a major battle in the American Civil War fought along Antietam Creek near the town of Sharpsburg in northwestern Maryland. It was the climax to the first of General Robert E. Lee's two major attempts to bring the war home to the North. Fought on 17 September 1862, it is renowned as the bloodiest single day in American military history. Though the battle ended in a tactical draw, it was a northern victory strategically because Lee was forced to withdraw, give up the offense, and resume a defensive posture in northern Virginia.

Illustration: Battle of Antietam, the charge of Iron Brigade near the Dunker Church, on the morning of 17 September 1862. Painting by Thure de Thulstrup (1846–1930). Chromolithograph published in 1887 by Louis Prang and Company. Source: website of the Old Print Shop, New York City.

Text courtesy of DANFS, "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships"

Illustration courtesy of Wikipedia
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USS Antietam (CV-36) anchored off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 28 April 1945, beginning post-shakedown availability.

Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pa., photo # 1124-45.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.061.003.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, via Mike Green
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USS Antietam (CV-36) off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 2 March 1945. She is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 17a.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97363).

Robert Hurst
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Aerial off the bow view of USS Antietam (CV-36) underway off Philadelphia Navy Yard, 2 March 1945.

Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pa., photo # 1129-45.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.061.005.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, via Mike Green
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Surface view, stern, of USS Antietam (CV-36) underway off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 2 March 1945.

Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pa., photo # 1128-45.

National Museum of Naval Aviation photo # 1996.488.061.007. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, via Mike Green
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USS Antietam (CV-36) anchored off Norfolk, VA, mid-July 1945. Source: Kitsap County Library System.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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View of fueling and high-line activity aboard USS Antietam, August 23, 1945, as seen from USS Harrison (DD-573). Air Group tail markings are clear. Antietam, Harrison, and Ringgold (DD-500) were detached from TF-38 and en route to Guam at that time. Photo by Tom McCann, Swede Gronlund.

John Chiquoine
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USS Antietam (CV-36) at Guam in 1945 (October?). Photo taken from USS Hooper Island (ARG-17).

Lannis E. Huckabee COL(ret) USA
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A TBM-3E Avenger of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 95 in flight over USS Antietam (CV-36) off Hawaii, possibly in 1945.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 1996.253.1559. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
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USS Antietam (CV-36) off San Francisco, 18 November 1948.

Courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
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Undated photo of Antietam at Hunters Point, San Francisco, in the early 1950s—at least before August 1952, when she left for the East Coast to receive her angle deck. It could be when she was reactivated for service in Korea.

Source: San Francisco Naval Shipyard – Hunters Point, Historical Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904–74 NARA Pacific Region (San Francisco).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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USS Antietam (CV-36) was re-commissioned on January 17, 1951 at Alameda Naval Air Station. Left to right: CAPT George J. Dufek (CO Antietam) receives a flag from VADM George E. Murray (Commander, Western Sea Frontier), Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and CAPT J. P. Heath (Chief Staff Officer Western Sea Frontier).

Courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
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USS Antietam (CV-36) at sea on 27 August 1951, shortly before deploying for Korean War duty. Crewmen are in formation on her flight deck, spelling out "The Flying =A= is on the way".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-448673).

Scott Dyben
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Off Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, en route to the Far East for her first Korean War deployment. Photo is dated 26 September 1951. Diamond Head is faintly visible in the right distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-442409).

Scott Dyben
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USS Antietam (CV-36) alongside the stores ship USS Polaris (AF-11) and destroyer USS Hopewell (DD-681).

These photos were likely taken during Antietam's only combat tour, to WestPac and Korea, Sep. 8, 1951 – May 2, 1952. Air Group was CVG-15, tail code "H."

Robert M. Cieri
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USS Tolovana (AO-64) refueling USS Shelton (DD-790) and USS Antietam (CV-36), possibly off Korea in 1951–52. U.S. Navy photo.

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Aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CV-36) moored at Piedmont Pier in Yokosuka, Japan, during her only Korean War deployment (8 Sept 1951–2 May 1952). Seen on deck are two Douglas AD Skyraider aircraft at the ends of their rows. They are from Carrier Air Group 15 (CVG-15): an AD-4NL from Composite Squadron VC-35 Det.D "Night Hecklers" (starboard, tail code "NR"), and an AD-4W from Composite Squadron VC-11 Det.D (port, tail code "ND"). US Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
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Underway off the east coast of Korea, while operating with Task Force 77. She has Air Group 15 embarked. Photo is dated 16 October 1951, soon after Antietam's arrival in the Korean War zone.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-434525).

Vought F4U-4B Corsairs, Grumman F9F Panthers, and Douglas AD Skyraiders on her flight deck. (Thanks to Robert Hurst.)

Scott Dyben
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USS Antietam (CV-36) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64) steam alongside USS Rainier (AE-5) as she pulls away after supplying ammunition to the carrier and battleship, in Korean waters. Photo is dated 8 February 1952.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-440189).

Scott Dyben
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USS Antietam (CV-36) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64), Tokyo Bay, Japan, February 1952

Don Garner
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"FLIGHT DECK formation of white hats spells out amount of money collected by crew members of USS Antietam (CV 36) to help crippled persons." All Hands magazine, August 1952 issue.

Stanley Svec
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USS Antietam (CVA-36). From Our Navy magazine, mid-December 1954.

This photo was possibly taken in December 1952, just after Antietam had been converted to the first American "canted" deck carrier at the New York Naval Shipyard.

Stanley Svec
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USS Antietam (CVA-36) conducting flight operations in the Virginia Capes area on 14 January 1953, "to obtain a critical evaluation of the operational suitability of canted flight decks as a primary means of operating carrier aircraft" (quoted from the original caption).

Antietam had just returned to service following installation of the then-experimental angled ("canted") flight deck. An F9F Panther jet fighter has just left the angled deck, just forward of her midships elevator. Other planes (all jet fighters) parked on deck include F9F Cougars (forward), F2H Banshees and an FJ Fury (immediately forward of the ship's island).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (photo # NH 97364).

NHC
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"USS Antietam (CVA-36) takes time out to refuel USS Corry (DD-817) during tests of 'angle' flight deck." Text from All Hands magazine, June 1953 issue. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships, 1954–55 edition.

Stanley Svec
Robert Hurst
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"USS Antietam (CVS-36) launches a red-painted F9F Cougar jet fighter, during extremely well-lighted night operations, circa 1953-55. Other planes on her flight deck include F9F Panther and F3D Skynight fighters." (Quoted from official caption).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-K-16839).

Joseph Y. Love, ETCM, USN (Ret.), points out: "As a crew member (1952-1953) on board when the picture was taken, I do believe that I know the true circumstances of the picture. It was in full color, and is one of the best photos ever made of the ship. I was the chief in charge of the electronics division. [This picture] was a publicity stunt for one of the flash bulb makers (I seem to remember that the bulbs were Sylvania ones). There were NO real flight operations: the planes were duds set up to look like take off and landing operations. To make them show up better, they were painted with highly colored paint that could be simply washed off afterward. The flight deck was lined with wooden poles with flashbulb holders in reflectors, and the island had many of the same kind of sockets with reflectors on every surface. This was the largest night flash bulb photo ever taken. Thousands of flash bulbs were used, and the blimp off the port side had the camera aboard. A radio signal was used to set off the flash bulbs, and the camera shutter was left open. The ship's radars were shut off, so that the bulbs would not be set off with the radiation. The picture was taken in 1953 and I remember that it appeared in Parade magazine shortly afterward."

William P. Jones adds: "It was one of a series of night shots lit by flash bulbs as a promotion."

Scott Dyben
Larger copy submitted by William P. Jones, M.D.
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As an ASW carrier, sometime in 1953-57.

Timothy W. Todd
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Lockheed T2V-1 SeaStar makes its first carrier landing, during carrier suitability tests on board USS Antietam (CVS-36) off the U.S. east coast, circa 7 October 1957.

This photograph was originally released by the Lockheed Newsbureau on 9 October 1957, with the caption: "SeaStar Flexes Sea-Legs — U.S. Navy's Lockheed T2V-1 SeaStar skims in for its first 'sea duty' landing aboard the U.S.S. Antietam. The new ship-or-shore duty trainer recently completed primary carrier suitability tests during operations held off the East Coast. Designed to combine top performance and safety in a two-place school-plane, the SeaStar is in quantity production at Lockheed's California Division."

Lockheed Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97367).

Robert Hurst
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111k Overhaul, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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115k Overhaul, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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122k Overhaul, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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97k Overhaul, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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137k Overhaul, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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122k Overhaul, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. (Ships Bell) ©Richard Leonhardt
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73k Overhaul, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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Vertical aerial photograph of the Boston Naval Shipyard Annex, taken in May 1958. This print has been annotated to mark warehouses used by the U.S. Army. A large number of ships are present, among them twenty Reserve Fleet escort aircraft carriers. Identifiable ships are USS Norfolk (DL-1), at left at the end of the wharf extending from the drydock; USS Antietam (CVS-36), in lower left; and USS Dayton (CL-105), in right center, among the escort carriers.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 94199).

Naval History & Heritage Command
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As a training carrier, date and place unknown.

Timothy W. Todd
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Another photo of USS Antietam (CVS-36) as a training carrier, location and date unknown.

Jim Karr
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Sometime in 1959-62. VIPs that had taken a tour of the Antietam; AB3c Shelby Todd Jr. is at the very left.

Timothy W. Todd
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A U.S. Navy North American T2J-1 (later T-2A) Buckeye trainer aircraft (BuNo 148200) of training squadron VT-7 on the catapult of the training aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CVS-36) in the early 1960s. U.S. Navy photo.

Robert Hurst
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USS Antietam (CVS-36) operating training aircraft, 19 April 1961. Planes on deck include T2J "Buckeyes" amidships and forward and AD "Skyraiders" parked aft. Note "dayglo" paint on the aircraft and "mothballed" 5"/38 guns in the carrier's port side sponsons.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (photo # KN-4834).

Scott Dyben
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Another view, as above.

Timothy W. Todd
In "Mothballs"
ex-CVS-36 Antietam
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Fleet ocean tug USS Luiseno (ATF-156), right, assisted by rescue and salvage ship USS Hoist (ARS-40), towed ex-USS Antietam from Quonset Point, RI, to Philadelphia, PA. Photos come from the Photographic Laboratory aboard the repair ship USS Cadmus (AR-14) and are dated 7 February 1969 (photo # AAF-2380-11-68).

Ron Reeves
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As above (photo # AAF-2382-11-68). Luiseno in the foreground, left; Hoist in the foreground, right.

ex-CVS-36 Antietam
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As above (photo # AAF-2384-11-68). Luiseno is only partially visible, left; Hoist in the foreground, right.

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Ex-USS Antietam (CVS-36) in "mothballs" at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, November 1971.

Photo by Ed Zajkowski
Memorabilia
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Program for the Ship's Company Dance, held on 18 & 19 November 1946, at the Green Room 150 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA.

Robert M. Cieri
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Card that was passed out to visitors aboard USS Antietam (CV-36) on Navy Day, 27 October 1947.

Robert M. Cieri
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"'Four Horsemen' Part Ways"—Dennis Milton, Paul Fuller, Kenneth Farrell and William Peterson, known as the Four Horsemen, were assigned to USS Antietam (CV-36) in 1951 and continued to serve aboard until they were honorably discharged from the Navy in 1954. When Antietam and USS Shangri-La (CV-38) swapped crews on 5 September 1952, the Four Horsemen were the only members of Antietam's crew who remained aboard CV-36.

Newspaper clipping from the Rockford Morning Star, Sunday, 22 August 1954.

Judi Farrell-Booth
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A rare, Town & Country, hand-painted Zippo made for USS Antietam (CVS-36) in 1961.

John A. Altfeltis, USN Retired
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USS Antietam (CV-36/CVA-36/CVS-36) anchor, at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

Bill Gonyo
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USS Antietam (CV-36/CVA-36/CVS-36) ship's bell, as seen at the Antietam National Battlefield. Photo taken on 5 July 2008.

"On permanent loan from American Legion Post 236 of Sharpsburg, MD
And dedicated in honor of those who served on her
USS ANTIETAM
CVA-36 U.S. NAVY"

Photo by Greg Forstner

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS ANTIETAM CV-36 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

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Contact: ABHC Lyonel R. Young (Ret.)
Address: 140 N. Edgemoor
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