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NavSource Online: Escort Carrier Photo Archive

USS CORAL SEA   (CVE-57),
later USS ANZIO   (CVE-57)

(later CVHE-57)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - X-Ray - Papa - Quebec

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation / China Service Medal (Extended)
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (9 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (1 star)

CLASS - CASABLANCA
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 16x 40mm, 20 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

Operational and Building Data
Auxiliary aircraft carrier ACV-57 was laid down on 12 December 1942 by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, Wash. under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1094). Named Alikula Bay on 22 January 1943; renamed Coral Sea on 3 April 1943. Launched on 1 May 1943. Redesignated CVE-57 on 15 July 1943. Commissioned on 27 August 1943. Renamed Anzio on 15 September 1944. Decommissioned on 5 August 1946.

Reclassified as an Escort Helicopter Aircraft Carrier and redesignated CVHE-57 on 12 June 1955, while in reserve.

FATE: Struck from the Navy list on 1 March 1959. Sold on 24 November 1959 and scrapped.


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CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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60k Seen as Coral Sea, underway, before her name was changed to allow it to be given CVB-43. USN
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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USS Coral Sea (CVE-57) underway in 1943–1944 with VC-33, consisting of Avenger torpedo-bombers and Wildcat fighters, aboard. Location unknown (USN photo.)

Robert Hurst.
Larger copy courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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"USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." September 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-76041).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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"USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." September 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-76042).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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USS Coral Sea (CVE-57) underway, September 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-76044).

David Thornton.
Larger copy submitted by
Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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"USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." September 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-76045).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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79k

"USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." September 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-76046).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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112k

"USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." September 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-76048).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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99k

"USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." September 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-76049).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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98k

"Crash of FM-1 (33-S-35) Bu #15345 amid TBF's after hurdling barriers in landing, due to tail hook breaking off, on the USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." Photo # CRLS 31, dated 11 October 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-86014).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305746b
79k

"Crash of FM-1 (33-S-35) Bu #15345 amid TBF's after hurdling barriers in landing due to tail hook breaking off, on the USS Coral Sea (CVE-57).
From the bridge."
Photo # CRLS 37, dated 11 October 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-86020).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305746
83k

"Crash of FM-1 (33-S-35) Bu[No] 15345 amid TBF's after hurdling barriers in landing, due to tail hook breaking off, on the USS Coral Sea (CVE-57).
Rear view of damage."
Photo # CRLS 38, dated 11 October 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-86021).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305747
72k

"Crash of TBF Bu #06333 on flight deck of the USS Coral Sea (CVE-57). Pilot Lt. (jg) J.J. Masters.
Lying over flight deck onto catwalk."
Photo # CRLS 40, dated 14 October 1943.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-86023).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305756
58k

Casablanca class. ONI 54-CV, Division of Naval Intelligence, Identification and Characteristics Section, 11-43.

Photos of USS Coral Sea (CVE-57).

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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"Division tactical and maneuver exercises of task force as seen from USS Manila Bay (CVE-61).
USS Anzio (CVE-57) going across stern of CVE-61."
Photo # NNLB-177, dated 13 January 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-372854).

David Thornton
CVE-61 Manila Bay
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Escort carriers practicing division formation and maneuver exercises, in Hawaiian waters, 13 January 1944. As seen from USS Manila Bay (CVE-61), ships astern are: Coral Sea (CVE-57), Corregidor (CVE-58), Natoma Bay (CVE-62), and Nassau (CVE-16). These carriers all served in the Marshalls Operation a few weeks later.

Source: United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo No. 80-G-214849.

Mike Green
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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121k

"USS Coral Sea (CVE-57), now Anzio (CVE-57)." Photographed from USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62) by R.N. Johnson, PhoM1/c. Photo # CVE 62-182, dated 13 January 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-275945).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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94k

"USS Anzio (CVE-57) fueling from a tanker." Photo # CVE-57#157, dated 26 January 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380912).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305750
112k

"The USS Coral Sea (CVE-57) off Kwajalein Atoll during the attack on Marshall Islands. Kwajalein Is. burning in background. As seen from USS Manila Bay (CVE-61)." Photo # MNLB-239, dated 1 February 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-372886).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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92k

"TBF[-1C], Bu#24396 being jettisoned from the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#180, dated 7 February 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380914).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305752
97k

"TBF[-1C]-Bu#47698 final explosion. Pilot Lt. (jg) J.A. Lehrung, ARM2/c, N.F. Gaffney, AMM2/c, J.R. Manning. Taken from the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#230, dated 20 March 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380916).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305753
85k

"Loading stores on #5 sponson showing hoisting system with box aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#286, dated 6 May 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380917).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305754
108k

"Aerial of the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#289, dated 8 May 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380918).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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111k

"Aerial of the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#290, dated 8 May 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380919).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305754b
101k

"Aerial of the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#291, dated 8 May 1944 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380920).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
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90k

Avenger torpedo-bombers in flight, location and date unknown.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-204724).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
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"The USS Corregidor (CVE-58) of Task Unit 52.11.2 throws up anti aircraft fire as Jap planes make torpedo runs at dusk off Saipan I. in Marianas. Taken from USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." Photo # CRLS 316, dated 17 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238303).

David Thornton
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
CVE-57 Coral Sea
NS0305735
97k

"The USS Corregidor (CVE-58) of Task Unit 52.11.2 throws up anti aircraft fire as Jap planes make torpedo runs at dusk off Saipan I. in Marianas. Taken from USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)."

"Burning plane explodes close astern."

Photo # CRLS 317, dated 17 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238304).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
NS0305736
100k

"The USS Corregidor (CVE-58) of Task Unit 52.11.2 throws up anti aircraft fire as Jap planes make torpedo runs at dusk off Saipan I. in Marianas. Taken from USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)."

"FM-2 takes off during heighth [sic] of attack: Burning plane and fire can be seen in background."

Photo # CRLS 319, dated 18 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238305).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
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108k

Chaplain W.M. Dunn conducting funeral services of the late Lt. (jg) Eugene Bradshaw aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57), 19 June 1944. (Note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on that date.)

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380923).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
NS0305737
96k

"TBF peels off from USS Coral Sea (CVE-57) for observation run of U.S. troops positions around Aslito Air Field on Saipan Is. in the Mariana Islands. Aerials." Photo # CRLS 325, dated 20 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238308).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305738
104k

"Stern view of the USS Anzio (CVE-57) showing camouflage." Photo # CVE-57#346, dated 5 October 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380924).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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USS Anzio (CVE-57) at anchor, location unknown, 1944–45. Camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A.

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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108k

"Heavy spray coming up over bow of the USS Anzio (CVE-57). Avenger TBF's on flight deck." Photo # CVE-57#460, dated 17 November 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380948).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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177k

Typhoon Cobra (Halsey's Typhoon), 17 December 1944. TBM Avenger spotted on the flight deck of USS Anzio (CVE-57) where it rode out the typhoon which carried away several other planes similarly lashed down. Photographed on 18 December 1944. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-298051).

National Archives and Records Administration
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305764a
159k

Typhoon Cobra (Halsey's Typhoon), 17 December 1944. TBM Avenger damaged during the typhoon aboard USS Anzio (CVE-57). It is shown at rest after breaking away from moorings. Photographed on 18 December 1944. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-298054).

National Archives and Records Administration
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305764b
147k

Typhoon Cobra (Halsey's Typhoon), 17 December 1944. TBM Avenger damaged during the typhoon aboard USS Anzio (CVE-57). Personnel salvaging valuable gear. Photographed on 18 December 1944. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-298055).

National Archives and Records Administration
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305764c
190k

Typhoon Cobra (Halsey's Typhoon), 17 December 1944. Hangar deck of USS Anzio (CVE-57) during typhoon showing FM-2 Wildcats in maze of lines and fire hoses. Photographed on 18 December 1944. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-298056).

National Archives and Records Administration
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305764d
153k

Typhoon Cobra (Halsey's Typhoon), 17 December 1944. FM-2 Wildcat damaged aboard USS Anzio (CVE-57). The aircraft is shown against ventilator after running adrift. Photographed on 18 December 1944. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-298057).

National Archives and Records Administration
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305764e
171k

Typhoon Cobra (Halsey's Typhoon), 17 December 1944. TBM Avenger damaged aboard USS Anzio (CVE-57). The plane is in a catwalk after breaking moorings. Photographed on 18 December 1944. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-298060).

National Archives and Records Administration
CVE-57 Anzio
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152k

Flight deck of USS Anzio (CVE-57) during typhoon. Increasing winds cause heavy roll as ship strives to maintain course and speed, 17 December 1944. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-298079).

National Archives and Records Administration
CVE-57 Anzio
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70k Late war image © Cecil Noennich
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305713
130k

"Combat information center of the USS Anzio (CVE-57). In CIC are the radar warning controls[,] aircraft communication circuits and navigational aids, phones, radios, switches, etc. Lt. Charlie Wadsworth is giving the word to [an] F4F pilot who is off in the directions of the nearest nip and in need of a vector. Logging voice circuits against the bank of radios are Ray Elliott, Howard Arb and Jack Whirson." Photo # CVE57-484, dated 21 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335645).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305721d
109k

“Aerial of Iwo Jima in Volcano Islands/ K-20 FL.6 3/8" Taken by plane from the USS Anzio (CVE-57).”

“Southern point;
Looking North East at Mt. Suribachi 1000-1900'”

Photo # CVE 57-422, dated 7 March 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-309509).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305721
101k

“Aerial of Iwo Jima in Volcano Islands/ K-20 FL.6 3/8" Taken by plane from the USS Anzio (CVE-57).”

“South toward Mt. Suribachi along Eastern shore. 1000-1500'”

Photo # CVE 57-423, dated 7 March 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-309510).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305721a
116k

“Aerial of Iwo Jima in Volcano Islands/ K-20 FL.6 3/8" Taken by plane from the USS Anzio (CVE-57).”

“Looking South West toward N.W. corner of Moyotama air field; American aircraft on field.”

Photo # CVE 57-424, dated 7 March 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-309511).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305721c
112k

“Aerial of Iwo Jima in Volcano Islands/ K-20 FL.6 3/8" Taken by plane from the USS Anzio (CVE-57).”

“Eastern shore just North of Mt. Suribachi showing supply operations 1530-2,000'.”

Photo # CVE 57-427, dated 7 March 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-309514).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305721b
100k

“Aerial of Iwo Jima in Volcano Islands/ K-20 FL.6 3/8" Taken by plane from the USS Anzio (CVE-57).”

“Looking Southeast at Kitano Point 1530-2,500'.”

Photo # CVE 57-429, dated 7 March 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-309516).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305713a
112k

"John H. Arledge S1/c and Theodore F. Schmidts S2/c swing the hook of a F4F free from the arresting cable aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE57-493, dated 21 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335646).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305713b
100k

"Tail-markings on Wildcats FM-2 aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#, dated 21 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380938).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305708
105k

"Lt.(jg) Ray Wallace, a TBM pilot, gives the cut for an Avenger torpedo bomber as it comes over the fantail and heads down for the flight deck of the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE57-514, dated 20 May 1945 (NARA photo # 80-G-335649).

Plane is an Avenger from Composite Squadron Thirteen (VC-13). VC-13 was aboard Anzio between March and August 1945.

Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Bill Gonyo
David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
NS0305744
205k

USS Anzio (CVE-57) at sea on 21 May 1945. First commissioned in August 1943 as USS Coral Sea (CVE-57), this ship was renamed Anzio in September 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106581). (National Archives photo # 80-G-380966.)

Robert Hurst
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305718
88k

"Ships in San Francisco Bay, Cal. USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # SNVL-7027, dated 23 October 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-389829).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305718a
86k

Cropped version of photo above (larger view of the ship).

Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305701
106k

USS Anzio (CVE-57), the first American carrier to visit that port, lies in the Whangpoo River, at Shanghai, China, 1 December 1945, as part of Operation Magic Carpet.

National Archives photo # 80-G-357488.

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305714
102k

"Loading homebound servicemen aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57) at Shanghai, China." December 1945.

National Archives photos.

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305714a
93k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305714b
96k
CVE-57 Anzio
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67k

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David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755a
61k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755b
60k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755c
63k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755d
58k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755e
49k

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David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755f
57k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755g
56k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755h
44k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755i
59k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755j
43k

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David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755k
59k
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305755l
47k
The Crew
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305745c
95k

"Plane crew aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57). L to R: E.L. Feehan, ARM1/c, S.J. Pocotny, AOM2/c, and Lt. Cmdr. J.J. Lynch." Photo # CVE-57#46, dated 30 October 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380904).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305745b
94k

"Plane crew aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57). L to R: S. Bleier, ARM2/c, H. R. Thompson, AOM2/c, and Lt. R. S. Evarts." Photo # CVE-57#47, dated 30 October 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380905).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305745e
93k

"Lt. R.S. Evarts in front of an Avenger TBF aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#51, dated 30 October 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380908).

LT Evarts and his crew were killed in action at Tinian, 20 June 1944. (TBF-1C BuNo 47749.)

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305745a
91k

"Plane crew aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57). L to R: D.E. Ritch, AMM3/c, R.L. Burgess, ARM3/c, and Ens. C.R. Rasmussen." Photo # CVE-57#49, dated 30 October 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380906).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305745
90k

"Lt. J.P. Weinel in front of a Wildcat FM-1 on flight deck of the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#50, dated 30 October 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380907).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305745d
95k

"Pilots grouped in front of a Wildcat FM-1 aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#52, dated 30 October 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380909).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305745f
98k

"Lt. Cdr. J.J. Lynch giving pilots instructions prior to take-off from the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#54, dated 30 October 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380910).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305748
93k

"Neptune party aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#77, dated 15 November 1943 (note that CVE-57's name was Coral Sea on this date).

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380911).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305728
100k

"Lt.(jg) E.S. Taylor being transferred from a destroyer [USS Murray (DD-576)] to the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#165, dated 30 January 1944.

National Archives photo # 80-G-380913.

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
NS0305733
111k

"Capt. Paul W. Watson, C.O. of the USS Coral Sea (CVE-57), inspecting personnel aboard ship."

"S Division."

Photo # CVE 57 310, dated 27 May 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-233157).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
NS0305733a
138k

"Capt. Paul W. Watson, C.O. of the USS Coral Sea (CVE-57), inspecting personnel aboard ship."

"A Division."

Photo # CVE 57 311, dated 27 May 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-233158).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea
NS0305734
104k

"Personnel of VC-33 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVE-57) of Task Unit 52.11.2." Photo # CRLS 314, dated 8 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238302).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
NS0305705
37k

This is a photo of my father, Verval O'Veal "Bill" Estes. He is the one on the right side. He served on USS Coral Sea/Anzio (CVE-57), August 11, 1944–Oct 1945. I think this may have been taken in Hawaii as he was stationed there for a while. I would like to find out who the two men with him are and where the photo was actually made.

Jewell Estes Collier
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305720
80k

CAPT George C. Montgomery (reading his orders) relieved CAPT Paul W. Watson as commanding officer of USS Anzio on Monday, 4 December 1944, at Ulithi.

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305730
103k

"Capt. George C. Montgomery inspecting aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#398, dated 16 December 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380925).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305730a
100k

"Capt. George C. Montgomery inspecting aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#399, dated 16 December 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380926).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305731
271k

"Christmas night party, decorated tree and presents aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#400, dated 25 December 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380927).

Comment: "The guy on the far right, behind the guy up front and far right, is Charlie; he looks like he is 12 years old."

Kenneth C. Edwards, Jr. comments: "Kenneth C. Edwards [my father]—back row, second from right, next to man with folded arms."

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305725b
106k

"Capt. George C. Montgomery presenting awards to men aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)."

"Presenting Air Medal to Lt.(jg) P.B. Wyser."

Photo # CVE-57#404, dated 6 January 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380928).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305725a
104k

"Capt. George C. Montgomery presenting awards to men aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)."

"Presenting citation Ribbon to Harvey J. Rowe, AOM/2c."

Photo # CVE-57#405, dated 6 January 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380929).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305725
97k

"Capt. George C. Montgomery presenting awards to men aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)."

"Reading citation of Harvey J. Rowe, AOM/2c."

Photo # CVE-57#406, dated 6 January 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380930).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
NS0305726
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"J.R. Morris S1/c rides the cable car from the USS Grady (DE-445) to the USS Anzio (CVE-57). Morris is being sent to the carrier for an emergency appendectomy."

Photo # CVE57-462, dated 24 January 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335641).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"L.H. MacDowell, AMM3/c, drums for ship orchestra aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#418, dated 18 February 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380931).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Lt.(jg) Lewis entering a Wildcat F4F aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57). Plane Captain at right." Photo # CVE-57#461, dated 23 February 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380949).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Reichman, EM1/c, and Schneider, EM3/c, repairing electric fans in I.C. shop aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#471, dated 12 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380951).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Lt. F.B. Underman cuts the cake celebrating the 5000th landing aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57). Comdr. E.W. Davis looks on." Photo # CVE-57#445, dated 16 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380937).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"The wing guns of a fighter get a check by Billy Simms, AOM1c, aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#470, dated 18 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380950).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Frank Stanley, S1/c, cleaning a 20mm gun aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE-57#473, dated 19 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-380952).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Fusing bombs on the hangar deck of the USS Anzio (CVE-57) are Warren McKenzie AOM2/c, T.W. Simmons, AOM3/c, Gene Gagnor, S1/c, W.A. Robertson, AOM1/c Dan Ogles, SP(X)1/c, Waldo Harpine AOM1/c Allen Steele SP(X)3/c and Floyd Ehlers, SP(X)1/c." Photo # CVE57-478, dated 20 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335642).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"The jack-controls on the starboard catwalk of the USS Anzio (CVE-57). Manning the arresting gear controls, with an anxious eye on a plane that is about to hit the deck are Bob Christensen, Jim Bough, L.D. Smith, and Frank Schwartz." Photo # CVE57-479, dated 20 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335643).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Ordnance men make final adjustments of the rocket firing mechanism of a F4F on board the USS Anzio (CVE-57)." Photo # CVE57-480, dated 20 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335644).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Sailors aboard the USS Anzio (CVE-57) receiving an inspection by Ens. Richard Hansen, USNR, aircraft maintenance officer on this ship and his Div. Chief, Kenneth W. Firestone, ACM, USN." Photo # CVE57-505, dated 28 April 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335647).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Capt. George C. Montgomery USN shaking hands with the Key men who keep the flight and hangar deck of the USS Anzio (CVE57) clicking smoothly (l-r) Lt. Robert L. Thornton, Ens. Richard T. Hansen, Charles J. Mohler, AMM/1c, Maurice P. Murphy, Cox, John Stefanou, ACMM, Elija R. Murry, Mach., Frank Sinore, AMM2/c, Tolson W. Linch, AMM3/c, and Charlie P. Jennings, BM/2c." Photo # CVE57-526, dated 23 May 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335650).

David Thornton, grandson of LT Robert L. Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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Basketball team, USS Anzio. Over two years, undefeated.

Front row (l to r): Dunn, athletic officer; CAPT Montgomery, CO; Davis, XO.

Middle row (l to r): Quick; Amstead, Capt. of team; Russell; Stevens; Baldwin.

Back row (l to r): Napolitano; Dunigan; Silcox; Kelly; Stewart.

Remark: Note that the name of the man second from left, back row, is misspelled as "Donagan" in the original, handwritten annotation. However, William J. Dunigan IV has identified his father, William James Dunigan, and has informed us of the correct spelling (thank you, William).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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CVE-57 Anzio
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S1/C (AOM) William James Dunigan—Jimmy Dunigan, as he went by his middle name—,the same guy in the back row in the team picture, playing for USS Anzio, and trying to block a shot while in a game with USS Monterey. Anzio won 26 to 24. Does anyone know if Gerald Ford, an accomplished athlete himself, played on the Monterey team that day?

William James Dunigan IV
CVE-57 Anzio
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LT Robert L. Thornton and shipmates enjoy some Rest & Recreation at Mogmog Island, Ulithi atoll, Marianas.

David Thornton, grandson of LT Robert L. Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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CVE-57 Anzio
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CVE-57 Anzio
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Circa 1944–45.

David Thornton, grandson of LT Robert L. Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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CVE-57 Anzio
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David Thornton, grandson of LT Robert L. Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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If you can identify these sailors, please let us know.

David Thornton, grandson of LT Robert L. Thornton
CVE-57 Anzio
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CDR Ed Morales, commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District Dallas, presents the national ensign to Clissa Spratlin England during the USS Anzio reunion ceremony, 23 August 2014. England's father, Courtney B. Spratlin, passed away earlier in the year. The annual reunion honors the men who served aboard Anzio during World War II. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas (# 140823-N-GF386-055).

USN
Ex-USS Coral Sea/Anzio
CVE-57 Anzio
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"Stern view of camels separating USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62) and USS Anzio (CVE-57) at berth." Norfolk, VA. Photo # NA8-1549, dated 20 August 1947.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-279242).

David Thornton
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
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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Ex-Anzio (CVHE-57), berthed at the breaker's yard in Bremerhaven, Germany, awaiting scrapping. Photo dates from very late 1959 or very early 1960.

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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Ex-Anzio (CVHE-57) under tow, 1960. Note hull number painted on the bow in large numerals.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
Memorabilia
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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An anchor from Coral Sea/Anzio on loan from the Naval History & Heritage Command to the "Citadel" Military Academy/University, South Carolina. It sits on the outside of the parade grounds along with several other military artifacts. March 2008.

(Corrected info thanks to Dave Nilsen.)

Photos by Robert Hall
CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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CVE-57 Coral Sea/Anzio
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A model of USS Coral Sea/Anzio (CVE-57).

Courtesy of Joel Rosen, Motion Models
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