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Photos from the Collection of Anthony J. ("Joe," "Buddy") Cronin, S2/c

Submitted by his son, Chet Cronin, LT USN (RET/LDO)

"Buddy" Cronin was a plankowner of USS Wright. These photos were taken off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., during flight training operations, circa 1947–1950.

The Ship & The Aircraft


Damage to stack and wing tip

AD Skyraider in the groove

AD-3W Guppy of Composite Squadron 12 (VC-12) takes off

Damaged SB2C Helldiver

TBM Avengers of Antisubmarine Squadron 31 (VS-31) on deck

TBM Avenger of VS-31 landing

A Skyraider (apparently an AD-3 assigned to Attack Squadron 35 (VA-35)) traps aboard

F6F training crash

"U.S.S. Wright Completes First Year"
The Crew

CAPT Frank T. Ward, Jr.,
the ship's first Commanding Officer

Change of Command.
CAPT Warren K. Berner (left) relieved CAPT Frank T. Ward, Jr.
June 1947

Bud & who?

Buddy & Houts taking sun

"Buddy" and mates on deck

"Buddy" in office


Jose Gonzalez and "Storms"

Opening of Smoker.
Novak (musician).

Smoker (1)

Smoker (2)

Smoker (3)

Smoker (4).

Cover, Menu for 9 February 1948, First Anniversary Day

Menu for 9 February 1948, First Anniversary Day

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