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USS COPAHEE   (AVG-12)
(later ACV-12, CVE-12 and CVHE-12)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Whiskey - X-ray

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star) / World War II Victory Medal

Bogue Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
(see below) 18 Jun 1941 21 Oct 1941 15 Jun 1942 5 Jul 1946 1 Mar 1959
Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.

Specifications
(As converted, 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: 2 single 5"/51 (later 5"/38) gun mounts; (1943) 8 twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; (1943) 27 single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 24
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult
Crew: 890

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ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301215
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At anchor, circa 1942, location unknown. Compare to photo NS0301204.

Photo from Navy Yearbook, ed. by Phillip Andrews and Leonard Engel; Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944.

Original photo submitted by Robert Hurst.
Larger photo submitted by Derick Hartshorn
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301206
37k

Puget Sound Navy Yard, 17 August 1942. Bow view.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301207
43k

Puget Sound Navy Yard, 17 August 1942. Port view.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301207a
128k

USS Copahee (ACV-12) off Puget Sound Navy Yard on 17 August 1942. Note the barrage balloons aloft in the background. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photograph (# NH 55384).

Robert Hurst
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301201
45k USS Copahee (ACV-12) at sea, 31 August 1942. The ship was the first of 10 escort carriers of the Bogue class. [Photo # 80-G-453805]. National Archives
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301202
75k

Mess Attendants manning a 20mm machine gun, in a gun tub beside the flight deck, 9 September 1942. The carrier was then en route from Alameda, California, to the southwest Pacific.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-71586).

NHC
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301208
93k

Stern view of USS Copahee (ACV-12) in San Francisco Bay, 9 May 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3398-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301209
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Starboard broadside view of USS Copahee (ACV-12) in San Francisco Bay, 9 May 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3402-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301210
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Bow on view of USS Copahee (ACV-12) in San Francisco Bay, 9 May 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3407-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301211
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Aft plan view of USS Copahee (ACV-12) at Mare Island on 14 July 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5124-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301212
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Forward plan view of USS Copahee (ACV-12) at Mare Island on 14 July 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5125-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301213
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Stern view of USS Copahee (ACV-12) off Mare Island on 14 July 1943. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5133-43.

Darryl Baker
ACV-12 Copahee
NS0301213a
59k

USS Copahee (CVE-12) underway off Mare Island, on 14 July 1943. The photograph shows what appears to be a unique level of protection for an external gas line: the "zipper" consisted of a line of structural supports. The position of the small portside uptake is disclosed here by its smoke plume.

Photo and text from U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman.

Robert Hurst
CVE-12 Copahee
NS0301214
174k

USS Copahee passing under the Golden Gate Bridge on her way out to sea on 15 July 1943, the day she was redesignated CVE-12. Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5188-43.

Darryl Baker
CVE-12 Copahee
NS0301203
139k

With a deck load of SBD Dauntless dive bombers bound for the Pacific war zone, 10 April 1944. Camouflage Measure 21 (Navy Blue).

James R. Stevens, Jr., and Melva Stevens,
via Robert Hall
CVE-12 Copahee
NS0301205
106k

USS Copahee (CVE-12) left the Garapan anchorage off Saipan on 8 July 1944 with a load of captured Japanese planes (13 Zekes and 1 Kate) and equipment (37 engines) to be used for intelligence and training purposes, and arrived in San Diego on 28 July. (Photo # 80-G-276964).

National Archives
CVE-12 Copahee
NS0301204
60k

Underway off Hunters Point, San Francisco, California, 1944. Camouflage Measure 32/12A (Dull Black, Ocean Gray and Light Gray). The "zipper" was a line of structural supports protecting an external avgas line. Compare to photo NS0301215.

USN
CVE-12 Copahee
NS0301217
165k

200,000 mile celebration for the crew, March 18, 1945. (NS0301217a: List of names.)

Steve Parodi, grandson of a ship's plankowner
CVE-12 Copahee
NS0301217a
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CVE-12 Copahee
NS0301216
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Ship's Bell.

Steve Parodi, grandson of a ship's plankowner

For more information about this ship, see:

View the USS Copahee (AVG-12 / ACV-12 / CVE-12 / CVHE-12)
DANFS History entry located on the Hazegray & Underway Web Site.

Crew Contact Information
Contact: Mr. LeRoy W. Schlaegel, National Chairman
Address: 2706 Washlan Ave, Spc 314
Fresno, CA, 93705-1746
Phone: 559-222-9344
E-mail: LeRoyCVE12@aol.com
Web site: U.S.S. Copahee CVE-12
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