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USS PRINCETON   (CV-37)
(later CVA-37, CVS-37 and LPH-5)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Hotel - Romeo - November
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "BULLHORN"

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.

Operational and Building Data

Initially named Valley Forge.

FATE

About 600 tons of her armor plate have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.


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CV-37 Princeton
NS023701
26k Undated. USN
CV-37 Princeton
NS023702
103k Undated. USN
CV-37 Princeton
NS023713
54k

USS Princeton (CV-37) operating off the coast of Japan in November 1946. Photo by AFC G.P. Pulley and courtesy of CDR Gerry Puller, USN, Ret.

Naval Historical Center photo (# NH 95400).

NHC
CV-37 Princeton
NS023720
135k

This photo is believed to have been taken at Pearl Harbor sometime in 1946–1948.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-37 Princeton
NS023723
99k

USS Princeton (CV-37). Extreme bow view, starboard side. Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa., 10 April 1946. Photo #920-46-A.

Pieter Bakels
CV-37 Princeton
NS023723a
173k

USS Princeton (CV-37). Forward midship quarter, Frames 60 to M.P., starboard side looking aft. Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa., 10 April 1946. Photo #920-46-C.

CV-37 Princeton
NS023723b
163k

USS Princeton (CV-37). Aft midship quarter, Frames 155 to M.P., starboard side looking forward. Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa., 10 April 1946. Photo #920-46-D.

CV-37 Princeton
NS023723c
116k

USS Princeton (CV-37). After starboard quarter, looking forward. Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa., 10 April 1946. Photo #920-46-E.

CV-37 Princeton
NS023723d
126k

USS Princeton (CV-37). Extreme stern view, starboard side. Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa., 10 April 1946. Photo #920-46-F.

CV-37 Princeton
NS023722
204k

A photo of USS Princeton (CV-37) taken on April 11, 1946 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. USN photo. Note she still has the wartime dark flight deck numbers.

David Buell
CV-37 Princeton
NS023728
133k

USS Princeton (CV-37) underway on 30 April 1946, after her identification number had been applied to the smokestack. The flight deck still seems to be painted wartime Deck Blue; the identification number is even darker. Note the whip antennas aft on the starboard side, hinged down horizontally. USN Photo.

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

Robert Hurst
CV-37 Princeton
NS023729
62k

USS Princeton (CV-37) photographed on 17 May 1946. The starboard AA mounts below the island have not yet been fitted; in contrast to other carriers, only two were installed later, possibly when the ship was reactivated for operations in Korea. As Princeton also lacked the two aft starboard mounts, she eventually had only two 40mm quads on the starboard side. There are two deck-edge masts; those missing from the after end were replaced on some ships by several whip aerials. Radar included SK-2, SC-2 and SP. Two Mk-37 directors with radar Mk-12/22, plus an unknown number of smaller directors. USN Photo (A. D. Baker Collection).

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

Robert Hurst
CV-37 Princeton
NS023725
198k

This is probably an official U.S. Navy photo. Date and location are unknown, but it appears to have been taken circa 1946–1947, with an all-TBM Avenger deckload.

David Buell
CV-37 Princeton
NS023732
354k

"Gunner's Mate Second Class W.F. Patton gives the 'OK' signal after inspecting one of USS Princeton's (CV-37) 5"/38 twin gun mounts, as she is being prepared for return to service from the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Standing on the deck nearby are Commander C.S. Judson, Jr., (left) and Chief Gunner's Mate L.W. Brugler. All three men had served in Princeton's Gunnery Department prior to her decommissioning in 1949."

Photograph was released by the 13th Naval District Headquarters, Seattle, Washington, on 1 August 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97007).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-37 Princeton
NS023719
169k

"Ominous clouds form a symbolic background as the mighty carrier Princeton is readied for action at Bremerton."

"Typical of U.S. Navy ships awakening from hibernation in the reserve fleets is the aircraft carrier USS Princeton (CV 37), emerging from cocoons at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremeton, Wash. Upon complete reactivation, Princeton will be assigned to U.S. Pacific Fleet."

(From "All Hands" magazine, November 1950.)

Stanley Svec
CV-37 Princeton
NS023716
222k

USS Princeton (CV-37) underway with Carrier Air Group 19 (CVG-19) aboard. Princeton and CVG-19 deployed twice to WestPac & Korea: November 9, 1950 – May 29, 1951 and March 21 – November 3, 1952. Parked forward on the flight deck are F4U Corsairs of VF-192 and AD-4 Skyraiders of VC-35.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-37 Princeton
NS023705
155k

Sasebo, Japan — U.S. Navy ships take on supplies while moored in Sasebo harbor, circa December 1950. Photographed from USS Princeton (CV-37), which arrived in the area on her first Korean War deployment in early December. Among the ships in the background are USS Mount Katmai (AE-16), in left center, and USS Comstock (LSD-19), at right. Planes on Princeton's deck are AD-4 Skyraiders assigned to VA-195 "Dambusters."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-423620).

Scott Dyben
CV-37 Princeton
NS023737
126k

USS Princeton (CV-37) dockside, Yokosuka, Japan, 1951.

Planes on deck are from Carrier Air Group (CVG) 19. CVG-19 deployed to Korea, aboard Princeton, 9 November 1950–29 May 1951 (and again between 21 March and 3 November 1952).

Derick S. Hartshorn
CV-37 Princeton
NS023727
133k

A U.S. Navy Douglas AD-4 Skyraider of Attack Squadron (VA) 195 "Dambusters" taking off the aircraft carrier USS Princeton (CV-37) during the Korean War. VA-195 was assigned to Carrier Air Group (CVG) 19 and made two deployments to Korea aboard Princeton, from 9 November 1950 to 29 May 1951, and from 21 March to 3 November 1952.

National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 2002.001.138.

Robert Hurst
CV-37 Princeton
NS023706
116k

USS Princeton (CV-37) takes on supplies and ammunition at Sasebo, Japan, on 4 December 1950, the day before she began combat operations off Korea. Note LSU-1082 and large floating crane alongside the carrier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (photo # 80-G-K-11754).

Scott Dyben
CV-37 Princeton
NS023734
349k

Storekeeper Third Class Russ Hurd (left) and Ship's Serviceman First Class C.W. Snellings discuss the purchase of a Japanese Samurai sword, during a souvenir bazaar held on board USS Princeton (CV-37) while the carrier was conducting combat air strikes against enemy targets in Korea. Photo is dated 27 March 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97035).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-37 Princeton
NS023734a
445k

Crewmembers hold an oriental "tea party," during a bazaar held for the ship's officers and men while USS Princeton (CV-37) was conducting combat air strikes against enemy targets in Korea. Many Japanese and Chinese articles were offered for sale through the Ship's Service Department. Photo is dated 27 March 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97036).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-37 Princeton
NS023726
119k

Aviation Ordnanceman Airmen J.V. Lykins and D.F. Jenkins "move two truck loads of bombs onto the bomb elevator ready for the six-deck journey to the flight deck to be loaded on waiting aircraft. Over 100 tons of ammunition are loaded and flown from USS Princeton each operational day."

Quoted from the original caption released with this photo by Commander, Naval Forces Far East under date of 16 May 1951.

The inscription over the elevator door reads: "Maximum Load 5500 lbs".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (#NH 97042).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CV-37 Princeton
NS023735
500k

Awards ceremony on the flight deck of USS Princeton (CV-37), circa May 1951, in which 31 Naval Aviators of Air Group 19 received Air Medals, and two more received Gold Stars in lieu of a third Air Medal. The medals were presented by Captain William O. Gallery, the carrier's Commanding Officer. They were awarded "For meritorius achievement in aerial flights in attacks on hostile North Korean and Chinese Communist forces, while upholding policies of the United Nations Security Council". The ceremonies included a fly past salute by Air Group 19 fighter planes. Note still and motion picture photographers at work, and HO3S helicopter parked aft. Also flight deck barrier rigged, but retracted, in lower part of the image. This photograph was released by Commander, Naval Forces Far East on 16 May 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 97045).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CV-37 Princeton
NS023707
76k

Two Grumman F9F-2 Panther fighters dump fuel as they fly past the carrier, during Korean War operations circa May 1951. Photographed from a VC-61 plane piloted by Lieutenant (Junior Grade) George Elmies. This photograph was released by Commander, Naval Forces Far East under date of 23 May 1951. The plane on left is Bureau # 123583.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97047).

NHC
CV-37 Princeton
NS023708
124k

Scoreboard on the carrier's bridge wing, showing the work done by aircraft of Air Group 19 while embarked on Princeton from 5 December 1950 to 29 May 1951. The photograph was released by Commander Naval Forces Far East under date of 7 June 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97075).

NHC
CV-37 Princeton
NS023709
81k

USS Princeton (CV-37) at sea off the coast of Korea with F4U aircraft parked aft and F9F jet fighters forward. The original photograph is dated 8 June 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97312).

NHC
CV-37 Princeton
NS023703
138k

Date and location unknown (see NS023721 below, however.)

USN
CVA-37 Princeton
NS023730
161k

USS Princeton (CVA-37) refueling from fleet oiler USS Chikaskia (AO-54), July 1953, during operations off Korea. Carrier Air Group (CVG) 15 was aboard.

LT(JG) Roger Josselyn, USNR (Ret.), USS Chikaskia, 1952–53
CVA-37 Princeton
NS023730a
130k
CV-37 Princeton
NS023721
201k

Official US Navy Photograph #CNFE-1819 from the Photographic Laboratory of Commander, Naval Forces Far East. The photo shows USS Princeton (CV-37), during underway replenishment with USS Ashtabula (AO-51), along with USS John R. Craig (DD-885) breaking away, on 30 September 1952, between air strikes on the Hungnam area on the east coast of North Korea. Princeton was nearing the end of her third Korean War cruise (21 March–3 November 1952).

(Note that this photo appears to have been taken shortly after NS023703, above).

Robert M. Cieri
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023710
146k

USS Princeton (CVS-37) photographed circa the mid-1950s, with twelve S2F anti-submarine aircraft parked forward.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97313).

NHC
CVS-37 Princeton
NS0413318
208k

An aerial view of Yokosuka sometime between 1954 and 1955. Ships pictured from front are: USS Princeton (CVS-37), USS Toledo (CA-133), USS Los Angeles (CA-135), USS Rochester (CA-124), and USS Helena (CA-75). This was about 1/4 of the active Cruisers for that period.

BMCS Richard Miller USN (Ret.)
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023715
94k

Off Point Loma, as an ASW carrier, possibly in the late 1950s.

Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023717
141k

Two views of USS Princeton (CVS-37) as an ASW carrier, in the late 1950s.

David Buell
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023718
121k
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023733
146k

USS Princeton (CVS-37) at Yokosuka, Japan, July 1957. Planes on deck are S2F-1 Trackers attached to Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 38 "Claw Clan."

Photo by Doug Guy.

Derick Hartshorn
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023711
126k

Commander Carrier Division 15, Captain Raymond N. Sharp, shows the Prime Minister of Ceylon, Solomon W.R. Bandaranaike, emergency supplies that are to be delivered to flood victims in his nation, 11 January 1958. Photographed on the carrier's hangar deck, with HSS-1 helicopters undergoing maintenance in the background. Relief supplies include cans of sliced & cored pineapple, produced in Australia and donated by the United States.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97314).

NHC
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023736
124k

"[These photos] were taken spring or summer of 1958, most likely around May. [...] the occasion was an outing for members of the Institute for Aeronautical Sciences, and I am pretty sure the location was off the coast of Southern California—probably near Los Angeles or San Diego."

NS023736, NS023736c, NS023736d: HSS-1 Seabat helicopters, HS-4 "Black Knights."

NS023736a, NS023736b: S2F-1 and -2 Tracker ASW aircraft, VS-23 "Black Cats."

NS023736e: USS Princeton (CVS-37).

Photos taken by Robert W. McJones.

Submitted by his son, Paul.
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023736a
129k
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023736b
122k
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023736c
94k
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023736d
166k
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023736e
148k
Memorabilia
CV-37 Princeton
NS023724
112k

Official Launching Postal Cover and Invitation to the Launching of the aircraft carrier USS Princeton (CV-37), Sunday, 8 July 1945.

Robert M. Cieri
CV-37 Princeton
NS023724a
129k
CV-37 Princeton
NS023731
234k

USS Princeton (CV-37) launch ashtray.

U.S.S. PRINCETON
PHILA NAVY YARD
KEEL LAID 9-14-43
LAUNCHED 7-8-45

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Patches
CV-37 Princeton
NS023714
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
64Kb
CVS-37 Princeton
NS023712
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
66Kb

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS PRINCETON CV-37 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date: September 15–19, 2014
Place: Long Beach, CA
Contact: G.L. (Red) Smith
President, USS Princeton Veterans, Inc.
Address:  
Phone:  
E-mail: princeton_lph5@verizon.net
Web site: USS Princeton Veterans, Inc.
Remarks:  

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