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(later CVE-13, CVHE-13, CVU-13 and AKV-41)

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal / European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1 star)
2nd Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal / World War II Victory Medal / Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp)

Bogue Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
(see below) 2 Jan 1942 15 May 1942 10 Dec 1942
1 Jul 1958 (*)
4 Oct 1946
25 Nov 1969

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

(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
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; 2(?) hydraulic catapults
Crew: 890

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Core Sound

ACV-13 was named for Core Sound, North Carolina.

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

USS Core, 1942-1958
CVE-13 Core
36k USS Core (ACV-13) at anchor while fitting out at Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard, Seattle, WA, January 24, 1943. She is painted in Measure 22 camouflage. USN photo. Robert Hurst
CVE-13 Core
60k Circa 1943, Measure 22 camouflage. Hazegray & Underway
CVE-13 Core
171k Aerial view, in Measure 22 camouflage, circa 1943. Courtesy of Tony Alter, via Bill Gonyo
CVE-13 Core

"Shown here is U-185 under attack from U.S. Navy aircraft. The Type IXC boat U-185 left Bordeaux on 9 June 1943 under the command of Kapitanleutnant August Maus. Five days later it encountered the Type VIIC boat U-564 in the Bay of Biscay, which had been damaged the day before by Sunderland G.R.Mk.III (DV967) of No.228 Sqd flown by Flight Lieutenant L.B.Lee from Pembroke Dock, Wales, but had succeeded in shooting down the flying boat with the loss of the crew. This damaged U-boat was being attacked by Whitley G.R.Mk. V (BD220) of No.10 Operational Training Unit, flown by Sergeant A.J.Benson from St Eval, Cornwall, but the aircraft was hit by the combined fire from the two U-boats. It turned for home but was forced to ditch; all five crew members were picked up by a French fishing boat and taken into captivity. U-564 sank with the loss of twenty-eight crew members, but eighteen men were rescued by U-185, including the commander, and transferred to two German destroyers. Continuing its cruise, U-185 sank five merchant vessels and damaged another. On 11 August 1943 it shot down an American Liberator of Anti-Submarine Squadron VP-107, while rescuing survivors from the Type VIIC Boat U-604, which had been crippled by this Liberator and an American destroyer. The end came on 24 August 1943, as shown here. It was about 800 miles south-west of the Azores when it was bombed by a TBF-1 Avenger flown by Lieutenant R.P Williams and strafed by an F4F Wildcat flown by Lieutenant M.G. O'Neill, both of Composite Squadron VC-13 from the escort carrier USS Core commanded by Captain N.B. Greer. Twenty-nine men from U-185 and fourteen from U-604 died in this attack, and two more died among the survivors picked up by the USS Core. Kapitanleutnant Maus was among those who survived to become prisoners of war. Ref: ADM 199/1408."

Photo and text from Ultra Versus U-Boats, by Roy Conyers Nesbit.

Robert Hurst
CVE-13 Core

German submarine, U-84 (Type VIIB), damaged by plane from USS Core (CVE-13), piloted by Ensign William McClane. Incident #4085. Photos released 23 August 1943.

NS0301315: Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # 80-G-77193.

NS0301315a: Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # 80-G-77194.

CVE-13 Core
CVE-13 Core

USS Core (CVE-13) underway in the Atlantic, probably on 10 October 1943. The wing of the plane from which the photograph was taken is in the foreground. Note also that the planes of her air group are painted white and gull grey to make them difficult for U-boats to see against the sky.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106565).

Robert Hurst
CVE-13 Core
171k USS Core (CVE-13) underway, circa 1944. She is camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 4A scheme.

Part of a photograph album documenting the World War II service of Composite Squadron (VC) 6, that made a War Cruise aboard Core, 5 December 1943–18 January 1944.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo, # 1986.150.003.026.

Mike Green
CVE-13 Core

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat fighter is catapulted from USS Core (CVE-13), in the North Atlantic, 12 April 1944. Taken by Photographer's Mate N.H. Seehafer.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (#80-G-269035).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-13 Core

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat fighter flies near USS Core (CVE-13), during operations in the North Atlantic, 12 April 1944. Plane has its landing gear and tailhook down, in preparation for landing on board.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (#80-G-269036).

Robert Hurst
CVE-13 Core

USS Core (CVE-13) wearing camouflage Measure 32, Design 4A, 31 August 1944. Colors are Pale Gray, Light Gray, Haze Gray and Navy Blue.

United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Photo # 80-G-269136.

Courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,,
via Mike Green
USNS Core, 1958-1969
AKV-41 Core

Undated picture of USNS Core (T-AKV 41) at anchor, possibly in South Vietnam. Note armed guard in foreground. Photographer unknown. Military Sealift Command (MSC) photo.

Robert Hurst
CVE-13 Core

"U.S. CARRIER ARRIVES SAIGON—The converted aircraft carrier USNS Core arrived in Saigon, Dec. 11[, 1961], carrying helicopters and U.S. Army pilots and ground crews, to begin a joint U.S.-South Vietnamese effort to stamp[?] out the Communist Viet Cong. The arrival of the helicopter companies marks the first time U.S. personnel will be flying actual missions against the rebels. Note security guard in foreground as the Core tied up. (AP WIREPHOTO via radio from Hong Kong)"

Tommy Trampp
CVE-13 Core

The aircraft ferry ship USNS Core (T-AKV 41, ex-T-CVU 13, ex-CVHE 13, ex-CVE 13, ex-ACV 13) dockside, with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft (most of them "cocooned") on deck. USN/MSTS photo.

Wayne Mutza comments: "[This] photo would have been taken in September 1962. Aboard are 15 'cocooned' Bell HU-1A Huey helicopters destined for the Army's airmobile evaluation unit (UTTCHO) at Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam."

Robert Hurst
AKV-41 Core

USNS Core (T-AKV 41) at Vancouver, BC, 15 June 1964.

Source: City of Vancouver Archives.

NS0301313: Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4100.2, by Walter E. Frost.

NS0301313a: Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4100, by Walter E. Frost (14? June 1964).

NS0301313b: Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-4100.1, by Walter E. Frost.

Mike Green
AKV-41 Core
AKV-41 Core
CVE-13 Core

USNS Core (T-AKV 41) approaching a berth in Saigon Harbour, 17 June 1965, with more than 70 Douglas EA-1F Skyraiders for the Vietnamese Air Force.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.488.032.007.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
AKV-41 Core

Navy Skyraiders (at least some of them A-1H's) crowd the deck of USNS Core (T-AKV 41) berthed in Saigon Harbor at an unknown date. Core delivered more than 70 warplanes under heavy security. This is the same dock where USNS Card (T-AKV 40) was sunk on 2 May 1964.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.253.3109.

Mike Green
AKV-41 Core

Under strict security conditions, an A-1G Skyraider is swung off USNS Core (T-AKV 41) onto a waiting barge at an unknown date. Core is berthed in Saigon Harbor.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, photo # 1996.253.3110.

Mike Green
AKV-41 Core

USNS Core entering San Francisco Bay. Time frame is possibly 1966–1967.

Robert M. Cieri

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS Core (ACV-13 / CVE-13 / CVHE-13 / CVU-13 / AKV-41) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Contact: Mr. Tony Conte
Address: 13 Armstrong Ave
Wayne, NJ, 07470-6301
Phone: 973-839-0120
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