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USS CARD   (ACV-11)
(later CVE-11, CVHE-11, CVU-11 and AKV-40)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Zulu - Romeo

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation / American Campaign Medal (1 star)
2nd Row: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (2 stars) / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal / World War II Victory Medal
(More info)

Bogue Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
(see below) 27 Oct 1941 21 Feb 1942 8 Nov 1942
16 May 1958 (*)
13 May 1946
10 Mar 1970

15 Sep 1970
Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.
(*) Under MSTS control (see below)

Specifications
(As commissioned, 1942)
Displacement: 7,800 tons standard; 15,700 tons full load (design)
Dimensions (wl): 465' x 69.5' x 23.25'  /  141.7 x 21.2 x 7.1 meters
Dimensions (max.): 495' 8" x 111.5'  /  151.1 x 34 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 2 boilers (285 psi); 1 steam turbine; 1 shaft; 8,500 shp
Speed: 16.5 knots
Endurance:
Armament: (ultimate) 2 single 5"/38 (initially 5"/51) gun mounts; 10 twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 26 single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 24
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 2 hydraulic catapults
Crew: 890

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USS Card, 1942-1958
The Ship
CVE-11 Card
NS0301101
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Off Norfolk Navy Yard on March 26, 1943, still not complete after her November 8, 1942 commissioning. Her HF/DF antenna is not installed, necessary for her Atlantic area anti-submarine duty.

Original photo submitted by Mike Green.

Larger photo submitted by David Buell.
CVE-11 Card
NS0301102
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Stern view of the Card (ACV-11), also taken on March 26, 1943.

Mike Green
CVE-11 Card
NS0301139
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USN photo of USS Card (ACV-11), also dated March 26, 1943 (see NS0301101 and NS0301102). Via US Naval Air Station, Hampton Roads, #13801.

David Buell
CVE-11 Card
NS0301136
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USS Card underway, date and location unknown.

Robert Hurst
CVE-11 Card
NS0301137
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USS Card underway circa 1943, location unknown.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVE-11 Card
NS0301143
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USS Card (ACV-11) underway in the Atlantic on 15 June 1943, with seven TBF-1 Avenger torpedo bombers and six F4F-4 Wildcat fighters of Squadron VC-1 parked on her flight deck.

Photographed by a plane of Utility Squadron 4.

Courtesy of Tony Alter, via Bill Gonyo
CVE-11 Card
NS0301146
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"Shown here is U-664 under attack from U.S. Navy aircraft. The Type VIIC boat U-664 left Brest on 21 June 1943 for a fifth war cruise, under the command of Kapitanleutnant Adolf Graef. On 8 August it was at a rendezvous west of the Azores with the Type VIIC boats U-760 and U-262 when it was attacked by a F4F-4 Wildcat and TBF-1 Avenger from the Composite Squadron onboard the escort carrier USS Card, commanded by Captain A.J. Isbell. The combined fire from U-664 and U-262 brought down both aircraft and the U-boats escaped immediate damage. U-664 met its end later on 9 August 1943 when attacked by three more aircraft from the escort carrier Card. This took place in clear weather under broken cloud. The first was a TBF-1 Avenger, flown by Lieutenant (jg) G.G. Hogan, which dropped two 500-lb depth bombs with contact fuses in two separate attacks. Between these attacks Lieutenant N.D. Hodson in his F4F-4 Wildcat raked the U-boat with gunfire. Then Lieutenant (jg) J.C. Forney dropped another depth bomb from his TBF-1 Avenger. He refrained from dropping the other when he saw the crew abandoning the U-boat. Eight of the crew were killed but forty-four were picked up and taken prisoner by one of the destroyer escorts. Kapitanleutnant Graef was one of the survivors. The Swordfish emblem on the conning tower of the U-boat was that of the 9th Flotilla at Brest. Ref: ADM 199/1408."

Text and photo from Ultra Versus U-Boats, by Roy Conyers Nesbit.

(See also "U-Boat 664" on the Submarines Sunk of Attacked by USS Card (CVE-11) page.)

Robert Hurst
CVE-11 Card
NS0301140
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The Presidential Unit Citation flag, awarded to USS Borie's crew for their 1 November 1943 battle against the German submarine U-405, is examined by some of the officers involved, during awards ceremonies held on board USS Card (CVE-11) on 10 November 1943. Those present are (from left to right): Lieutenant Commander Herbert D. Hill, Commanding Officer, USS Barry (DD-248); Lieutenant Commander Howard M. Avery, Commanding Officer, Squadron VC-9; Lieutenant Charles H. Hutchins, Commanding Officer, USS Borie (DD-215); and Lieutenant Commander Hinton Ira Smith, Commanding Officer, USS Goff (DD-247). Lieutenant Hutchins had just received the Navy Cross for his part in the action. The other three officers had received the Legion of Merit.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-43652).

NHC
CVE-11 Card
NS0301142
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USS Card (CVE-11) fitted with longer hangar.

From Navies of the Second World War, by H.T. Lenton (Doubleday & Co., 1968).

Derick Hartshorn
CVE-11 Card
NS0301104
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Two versions of the same photo. USS Card (CVE-11) in dazzle camouflage, circa 1944.

Caption on back reads: "Aerial photo of Card taken by Bailey, D.T., ARM 3/c, USN." Taken from blimp K-20 from squadron VC-55. BuAer photo # 218112.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301104a
218k David Buell
CVE-11 Card
NS0301106
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Some one was always running into us. Once on starboard bow and once head on.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301107
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CVE-11 Card
NS0301108
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Atlantic hurricane. September 1944.

Bottom: rudder and screw out of water.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301109
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CVE-11 Card
NS0301145
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Rough seas! (1945.)

Harold Ryan
CVE-11 Card
NS0301110
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A painting of the Card by Anton Otto Fisher, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard. A calendar for General Electric promoting the G.E. turbines installed in the Card.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301111
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Scale model of the USS Card (CVE-11) camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 4A, built by Joe Macchia.

Joseph Macchia
Air Mishap, December 9, 1942
ACV-11 Card
NS0301112
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TBF-1 landing mishap aboard USS Card, December 9, 1942.

Read the Commander Fleet Air, West Coast; Pilot; and LSO reports.

Source: Seattle Branch of the National Archives and Records Administration. Record Group 181; 13th Naval District Central Subject Files; (Entry PSNS-3) 514936-54, CVHE11.

Tracy White
ACV-11 Card
NS0301113
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ACV-11 Card
NS0301114
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ACV-11 Card
NS0301115
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ACV-11 Card
NS0301116
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ACV-11 Card
NS0301117
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The Crew
ACV-11 Card
NS0301118
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CAPT James B. Sykes (R), first commanding officer (November 1942-April 1943), being relieved by CAPT Arnold J. Isbell (L).

(Note: Both Sykes and Isbell held the permanent rank of Commander, with date of rank 1 November 1938 (Sykes) and 1 July 1940 (Isbell). Both held the temporary rank of Captain, with date of rank 17 June 1942 (Sykes) and 20 June 1942 (Isbell).)

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301119
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Captain Arnold J. Isbell, second commanding officer, April 1943-March 1944. He was killed in action aboard USS Franklin (CV-13) on March 19, 1945. Destroyer DD-869 was named after him.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301120
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Captain Rufus C. Young, third commanding officer, March 1944-March 1945.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301121
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Captain Paul L. Dudley, fourth commanding officer, March 1945-February 1946.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301122
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Rev. Bell (L) being relieved by Father Considine (R), 1943.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301126
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The crew getting briefed.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301123
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Ship's company, 1944.

Joseph Macchia
Air Groups
ACV-11 Card
NS0301124
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VC-1 pilots and crew, 1942-43.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301125
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VC-9 pilots, 1943.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301127
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VC-55 pilots and aircrew, 1943.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301128
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CVE-11 Card
NS0301129
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VC-12 pilots, 1944.

Joseph Macchia
VC-12
NS0301138
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VC-12 Squadron flight jacket patch, USS Card, summer 1944 .

Miles Gordon Porter, LT(JG) USN Aviator, 1943–1945 from Minnesota.
Member of VC-12 and CASU-23.

Via his son, Bill Porter.
CVE-11 Card
NS0301130
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VC-8 complete squadron, September 1944.

Joseph Macchia
USNS Card, 1958-1970
USNS Card
NS0301141
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USNS Card approaching the locks in Bremerhaven, Germany. Believed to have been taken in the summer of 1962. Note the former US tugs, then the North German Lloyd's tugs Hercules and Sirius, pulling the carrier to the berth. Card and several of her sisters transported US military aircraft to Germany in those days.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USNS Card
NS0301105
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USNS Card, date and place unknown.

Hazegray & Underway
USNS Card
NS0301131
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The Card as she looked while serving in VietNam. She carried mobile homes, trailers, planes and helicopters and crews to Nam, returned with damaged planes, etc.

Joseph Macchia
USNS Card
NS0301148
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Undated pic of the aircraft ferry USNS Card at Saigon, South Vietnam, with a load of more than seventy A-1 Skyraider attack aircraft, T-28 trainers, and O-1 Bird Dog observation planes. Photo JOCS R.W. Dietrich, U.S. Navy.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
USNS Card
NS0301149
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Undated pic of the cargo ship and aircraft ferry USNS Card (T-AKV 40) underway at sea with seventeen cocooned USAF F-102A Delta Dagger fighters. Deck cranes have been installed opposite the island and on the starboard side aft. U.S. Navy photo.

Photo and text from Aircraft Carriers, by Norman Polmar.

Robert Hurst
USNS Card
NS0301132
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"Publication of this North Vietnamese stamp was a bit premature, but it has shown up —illegally, we are told by collectors— on correspondence coming from North Vietnam. Canadian stamp collector Arthur W. Mears, sent Sealift a copy of his stamp with a description of the colors: blue-gray background; black hull; white border and stamp value; conning tower and flag are both black and white. The flag, at least, is accurate in position, anyway. The Card was in distress that day. Legend across top and down right hand side is loosely translated: 'Aircraft carrier of America sunk in harbor of Saigon.' Translation was obtained by telephone with a patient and obliging employee of the Embassy of Vietnam, in Washington."

"Thanks to: Mr. Arthur Mears,,Canada"

Sealift Magazine, November 1966.

Joseph Macchia
CVE-11 Card
NS0301144
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USNS Card (T-AKV 40) near Gibraltar in 1966, seen from the ST London Valour.

©David Meare,
formerly Radio Officer, British Merchant Navy
CVE-11 Card
NS0301147
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USNS Card (T-AKV 40) underway in 1966, location unknown.

Naval Photographic Center photo # 1120576.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVE-11 Card
NS0301103
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The photo was taken in 1969, at the dock in Subic Bay. F-4 Phantoms are seen in cocoon wrap on the deck. These were destined to Vietnam.

© William P. Jones, M.D
The Scrapping
Ex-Card
NS0301133
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Ex-USS Card being cut up in Clatskanie, Or., 1970.

Joseph Macchia
Ex-Card
NS0301134
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For more information and photos of this ship, see:

View the USS Card (ACV-11 / CVE-11 / CVHE-11 / CVU-11 / AKV-40)
DANFS History entry located on the Hazegray & Underway Web Site.

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Address: 11212 W Carmelita Cir
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