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USS PRINCE WILLIAM   (ACV-31)
(later CVE-31 and CVHE-31)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Juliet - Alpha

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 / World War II Victory Medal

(Repeat) Bogue Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
(see below) 18 May 1942 23 Aug 1942 9 Apr 1943 29 Aug 1946 1 Mar 1959
Builder: Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, Wash.

Specifications
(As commissioned, 1943)
Displacement: 8,333 tons standard; 16,620 tons full load
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"/38 gun mounts; 10 twin 40-mm/56-cal gun mounts; 27 single 20-mm/70-cal gun mounts
Aircraft: 24
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 hydraulic catapult
Crew: 890

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CVE-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (CVE-31) underway, date and location unknown.

Robert Hurst
ACV-31 Prince William
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Prince William, apparently while fitting out, early 1943.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
ACV-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (ACV-31), Puget Sound Navy Yard, 15 April 1943.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
ACV-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (ACV-31) underway off Port Townsend, Wash., 8 May 1943.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
ACV-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (ACV-31) underway off Port Townsend, Wash., 8 May 1943.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
ACV-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (ACV-31) underway off Port Townsend, Wash., 8 May 1943.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
ACV-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (ACV-31) underway off Port Townsend, Wash., 8 May 1943.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives photo.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVE-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (CVE-31) underway in the Pacific, 7 August 1943, with a deck load of 12 Douglas SBD Dauntlesses, a Grumman J2F Duck, two Curtiss SOC Seagulls, a Vought OS2U Kingfisher and a dismantled Douglas R4D.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106579).

Naval History & Heritage Command
CVE-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (CVE-31) at Mare Island, February 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-K-16409).

Darryl Baker
CVE-31 Prince William
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Broadside view of USS Prince William (CVE-31) off Mare Island on February 13, 1944. She was undergoing repairs at the yard from January 15–February 13, 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 1007-44.

Darryl Baker
CVE-31 Prince William
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USS Prince William (CVE-31) departing Mare Island on February 13, 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 1008-44.

Source: Mare Island Shipyard Photos, Ship Files, NARA San Francisco.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
CVE-31 Prince William
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Bow on view of USS Prince William (CVE-31) departing Mare Island on February 13, 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 1009-44.

Darryl Baker
CVE-31 Prince William
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Stern view of USS Prince William (CVE-31) departing Mare Island on February 13, 1944. Official Mare Island photo # 1012-44.

Darryl Baker
The Crew
CVE-31 Prince William
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CVE-31 Prince William
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Two photos from the scrapbook of Leonard Bates Jaudon, who served aboard USS Prince William (CVE-31) in 1943, under Captain Herbert E. Regan.

John Bednar, grandson of Leonard Bates Jaudon
CVE-31 Prince William
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CVE-31 Prince William
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In "Mothballs"
Reserve Fleet at Philadelphia
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Reserve Fleet Basin, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, photographed on 19 May 1955 with numerous cruisers, escort carriers, and auxiliaries in reserve.

The nearest ship is the never-completed Hawaii (CB-3), which lacks its previously-installed three 12" gun turrets.

The cruisers outboard of Hawaii are (in unknown order) Honolulu (CL-48), Columbia (CL-56), Denver (CL-58), Galveston (CL-93), and Portsmouth (CL-102).

To their left are Tranquility (AH-14), Sanctuary (AH-17), and Pocono (AGC-16).

Behind Hawaii (from left to right) are Montpelier (CL-57), Houston (CL-81), Huntington (CL-107), Savannah (CL-42), Cleveland (CL-55), and Wilkes-Barre (CL-103).

Beyond them (from left to right) are Wichita (CA-45), Oregon City (CA-122), Chester (CA-27), and New Orleans (CA-32).

The cruisers on the left side of the basin (from front to rear) are Minneapolis (CA-36), Tuscaloosa (CA-37), San Francisco (CA-38), Augusta (CA-31), Louisville (CA-28), and Portland (CA-33).

Among the other ships in reserve in the basin are Fomalhaut (AE-20), Webster (ARV-2), Albemarle (AV-5), Tangier (AV-8), Pocomoke (AV-9), Chandeleur (AV-10), Abatan (AW-4), Mission San Carlos (AO-120), Prince William (CVE-31), Anzio (CVE-57), Block Island (CVE-106), Palau (CVE-122), and San Carlos (AVP-51).

Moored in the shipyard at the extreme left are Tennessee (BB-43), California (BB-44), and Cabot (CVL-28).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-668655).

Robert Hurst

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

View the USS Prince William (ACV-31 / CVE-31 / CVHE-31)
DANFS History entry located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Name: Mr. Robert Norton
Address:  
Phone: 818-332-5697
E-mail: gnol1381525@aol.com
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