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(formerly AO-31 and AVG-28; later CVE-28 and CVHE-28)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Sierra - Delta

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation / American Defense Service Medal ("Fleet" clasp) [AO] / American Campaign Medal
2nd Row: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1 star) / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (10 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal

Sangamon Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
3 Jan 1938 10 Jul 1938 1 Apr 1939 20 Jun 1941
19 Sep 1942
16 Mar 1942
14 Aug 1946

1 Mar 1959
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, Pa.

(1942, as Converted)
Displacement (design): 11,400 tons standard; 24,275 tons full load
Dimensions (wl): 525' x 75' x 30' 7.5" (full load)  /  160 x 22.9 x 9.3 meters
Dimensions (max.): 553' x 114' 3"  /  168.6 x 34.8 meters
Armor: None
Power plant: 4 boilers (450 psi); 2 steam turbines; 2 shafts; 13,500 shp (design)
Speed: 18+ knots
Endurance: 23,920 nm @ 15 knots (with 4,780 tons of oil fuel)
Armament: 2 single 5"/51 gun mounts; 4 twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 12 single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 25
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult
Crew: 830 (ship's company + air wing)

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SS Esso New Orleans
SS Esso New Orleans
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USS Chenango — World War II
Operation Torch, November 1942
ACV-28 Chenango

USS Chenango (ACV-28) being loaded with P-40s of the 33rd FG at the Norfolk Naval Station on 21 October 1942. NARA photo.

Gary W. Metz
ACV-28 Chenango

USS Chenango (ACV-28) loaded with P-40s of the 33rd FG at the Norfolk Naval Station, 21–22 October 1942. NARA photo.

ACV-28 Chenango

USS Chenango (ACV-28) en route to North Africa in the Operation Torch convoy, November 1942, loaded with P-40s of the 33rd FG.

Gary W. Metz
CVE-28 Chenango

"Carrying Army aircraft [Fighter Group 33 P-40F Warhawks], Chenango [departed Norfolk] 23 October [1942] with the assault force bound for North Africa and on 10 November, flew off her aircraft to newly won Port Lyautey, French Morocco."

(Quoted from DANFS.)

NS0302814d: Plane numbered "90" on the lower cowling and named Janie was piloted by Lt. Robert J. Palenscar, Service # O-660187, 60th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Group. Just beyond it is 41-14365, Curtiss P-40F-5-CU Warhawk. (Source: Shark Squadron.)

Ben Katz
CVE-28 Chenango
CVE-28 Chenango
CVE-28 Chenango
CVE-28 Chenango
CVE-28 Chenango
ACV-28 Chenango

USS Chenango (ACV-28) pulling into Casablanca Harbor, Morocco, after launching the P-40s of the 33rd FG on November 10th and 11th, 1942.

Gary W. Metz
ACV-28 Chenango

This picture was in the same group as the photos of the P-40s of the 33rd FG taking off from USS Chenango (ACV-28) in November 1942, and has often been identified as such in some books. However, it is dated December 1942 and the plane rather looks like a TBF-1 Avenger. At least two Avengers, both from squadron VGS-28, were lost in December 1942 while attached to Chenango, en route to Panama: BuNo 00582 on the 11th, and BuNo 01770 on the 12th.

Gary W. Metz
CVE-28 Chenango

USS Chenango (ACV-28) at anchor in early 1943, shortly after being deployed to the Pacific for the invasion of the Gilbert Islands. Note the pair of twin 40-mm tub-mounted guns right at the stern and, further forward and below the overhanging flight deck, one of the two 5"/51s (USN photo.)

Robert Hurst
CVE-28 Chenango

USS Chenango (CVE-28) crossed the Equator at 0800, 7 August 1943.

Brian Bartlett
CVE-28 Chenango
468k Aft plan view of USS Chenango (CVE-28) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 22 Sep 1943. US Navy photo # 6654-43. Darryl Baker
CVE-28 Chenango
468k Forward plan view of USS Chenango (CVE-28) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 22 Sep 1943. US Navy photo # 6658-43. Darryl Baker
CVE-28 Chenango
579k Stern view of USS Chenango (CVE-28) off Mare Island Navy Yard on 22 Sep 1943. US Navy photo # 6704-43. Darryl Baker
CVE-28 Chenango
609k Broadside view of USS Chenango (CVE-28) off Mare Island Navy Yard on 22 Sep 1943. She was in overhaul at the yard from 21 Aug until 25 Sep 1943. US Navy photo # 6706-43. Darryl Baker
CVE-28 Chenango
520k Bow on view of USS Chenango (CVE-28) off Mare Island Navy Yard on 22 Sep 1943. US Navy photo # 6708-43. Darryl Baker
CVE-28 Chenango
35k USS Chenango (CVE-28) after a September 1943 Mare Island refit. Haze Gray & Underway
CVE-28 Chenango

USS Chenango (CVE-28) operating in the Pacific, circa 1944. She is painted in what may be Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Collection of Vice Admiral Dixwell Ketcham, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph (# NH 95703).

Robert Hurst
CVE-28 Chenango

CDR Frank Malinasky was the Landing Signal Officer (LSO) aboard USS Chenango (CVE-28) from shortly after her commissioning until May 1944.

Bill Gonyo
Ex-USS Chenango
CVE-28 Chenango
41k In reserve, "Mothballs" at South Boston Naval Annex, 1959. © Richard Leonhardt
CVE-28 Chenango
91k Todd Shipyard, New Jersey, September 1961. Just prior to being scrapped. © Richard Leonhardt

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

View the USS Chenango (ACV-28 / CVE-28 / CVHE-28)
DANFS History entry located on the Hazegray & Underway Web Site.

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U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation
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