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USS GUADALCANAL   (CVE-60)
(later CVU-60)

(Ex- ASTROLABE BAY)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - X-ray - Victor - Lima

CLASS - CASABLANCA
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

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World War II
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Undated (but probably 1943) photo of a TBM-1C Avenger, part of Composite Squadron Forty-Two (VC-42), in flight over USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) in the Pacific War Zone.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.253.1429.

Mike Green
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Composite Squadron (VC) 63 patch, Walt Disney design, Big Bad Wolf. VC-63 was aboard USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60), September–October 1943.

Tommy Trampp
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212k USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60). EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
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USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) in Casablanca, French Morocco, for refueling, 28–30 March 1944.

National Archives photo.

Courtesy of the
USS Guadalcanal - Task Group 22.3 - Association, via Mike Green
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USS Guadalcanal leaves Norfolk on her third ASW cruise, 15 May 1944.

"The Guadalcanal (CVE-60) operated in the Atlantic and, like other ships of the class assigned to antisubmarine escort duties, was equipped with a high-frequency direction-finding antenna on a pole mast forward of the island. She carried the standard class armament of a single 5-inch/38-caliber dual-purpose gun at the stern, eight twin 40-mm Bofors antiaircraft mounts paired on the gallery deck at the four corners of the flight deck, and 20 single 20-mm Oerlikons spaced along the gallery deck. Six Avengers and eight Wildcats are on deck in this May 1944 view."

(Quoted text from the April 2007 issue of Naval History Magazine, US Naval Institute, via Joe Radigan.)

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Gale and hurricane weather, 17 October 1944. Seas were exceedingly high in the morning and increased to mountainous in the afternoon. The winds averaged 48 knots, but as high as 70 knots were recorded. Barometer lowest reading was 28.61. The Guadalcanal rolled and pitched constantly, steering was difficult, engines were used to help steer the course.

Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association.

Courtesy of the
USS Guadalcanal - Task Group 22.3 - Association, via Mike Green
Capture of U-505, June 4, 1944
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37k Small image of USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) with captured German submarine U-505 alongside, off the coast of Africa, June 4, 1944. USN
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Photo taken just prior to taking the captured U-505 in tow. Note ship's boat alongside U-505.

National Archives photo # 80-G-49170.

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Captain Daniel V. Gallery, Jr., USN (left) and Lieutenant Junior Grade Albert L. David, USN photographed aboard USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) in June 1944. On 4 June 1944 LT(JG) David led the boarding party that took control of the German submarine U-505 after it was forced to surface by Guadalcanal's task force. This capture of an enemy warship on the high seas was the first by the U.S. Navy since 1815. Albert David, who died on 17 September 1945, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership and bravery during this action.

USS Gallery (FFG-26) was named after RADM Daniel Vincent Gallery and his brothers, RADM William Onahan Gallery and RADM Philip Daly Gallery. USS Albert David (DE-1050, later FF-1050) was named after LT Albert Leroy David.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-49177).

Naval History & Heritage Command
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Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken soon after U-505's capture (4 June 1944), copied from the "USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) Memory Log, " page 28.

U.S. Naval Officers shown on the submarine's conning tower are, from left to right: Commander Earl Trosino, USNR; Captain Daniel V. Gallery, Jr., USN, Commanding Officer, USS Guadalcanal; and Lieutenant Junior Grade Albert L. David, USN, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for leading the boarding party that captured the submarine and carried out initial salvage operations.

Note the United States flag flying above the German Navy ensign. U-505 was the first enemy warship captured on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since 1815.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, DC.

Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 105857).

Naval History & Heritage Command
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USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) photographed from a ZP-24 blimp while steaming off Hampton Roads, Virginia on 28 September 1944. Her reported position was 36-56N, 74-50W, course 095. Planes parked on her flight deck include twelve TBM/TBF Avenger torpedo bombers and nine FM/F4F Wildcat fighters. Guadalcanal is painted in what appears to be a modified version of Camouflage Measure 32, Design 4A.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106567).

Naval History & Heritage Command
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165k Another nice aerial view of USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) underway, circa 1944. EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
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USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) photo # 846, 11 October 1944, 2,600th landing, Composite Squadron 69 (VC-69).

Harold Ryan
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Image from the USS Guadalcanal Memory Log (Cruise Book.) Taken at Mayport, Fla., 20 April 1945.

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
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Commander Joy Bright Hancock, USNR, is met by Captain B.C. McCaffree, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60), as she comes aboard his ship, 19 July 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-383994).

Joy Bright was born in Wildwood, New Jersey, on 4 May 1898. During World War I, after attending business school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she enlisted in the Navy as a Yeoman (F), serving at Camden, New Jersey and at the Naval Air Station, Cape May. Following the war, she married Lieutenant Charles Gray Little, who was killed in the crash of the airship ZR-2 in 1921. A year later, she obtained employment with the Bureau of Aeronautics, where her duties included editing the Bureau's "News Letter," which later evolved into the magazine "Naval Aviation News." In 1924, she left the Bureau to marry Lieutenant Commander Lewis Hancock, Jr., who lost his life when USS Shenandoah (ZR-1) crashed in September 1925—subsequently, she sponsored USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675), named after her late husband.

Joy Bright Hancock returned to the Bureau after attending Foreign Service School and obtaining a private pilot's license. For more than a decade before World War II and into the first year of that conflict, she was responsible for the Bureau's public affairs activities. In October 1942, she was commissioned a Lieutenant in the new Women's Reserve (WAVES). She initially served as WAVES representative in the Bureau of Aeronautics and later in a similar position for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air), rising to the rank of Commander by the end of the War.

In February 1946, Commander Hancock became the Assistant Director (Plans) of the Women's Reserve and was promoted to WAVES' Director, with the rank of Captain, in July of that year. She guided the WAVES through the difficult years of Naval contraction in the later 1940s and the expansion of the early 1950s, a period that also saw the Navy's women achieve status as part of the Regular Navy. Captain Hancock retired from active duty in June 1953. The next year, she married Vice Admiral Ralph A. Ofstie and accompanied him on his 1955–56 tour as Commander, Sixth Fleet. Following her husband's death in late 1956, she lived in the Washington, D.C., area and in the Virgin Islands. She died on 20 August 1986.

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Miscellany
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This 8-foot (2.44 meters) model of USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) was donated to the Intrepid Museum in NYC and will go on display in 2008.

Tom Dunham
Ex-USS Guadalcanal
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"Ex-Navy Carriers [Guadalcanal and Mission Bay] May Go To Japan for Breaking Up."

Ron Reeves
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Stripped and powerless, the veteran WWII escort carriers Guadalcanal and Mission Bay take a last voyage to a Japanese scrapyard under the charge of the Dutch tug Elbe.

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung

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USS GUADALCANAL CVE-60 History
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