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USS SOLOMONS   (CVE-67)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Whiskey - Charlie


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.

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 / World War II Victory Medal

Operational and Building Data

The second Solomons (CVE-67), was converted from a Maritime Commission hull (MC hull 1104) built by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company of Vancouver, Wash.  Her keel was laid down on 19 March 1943.  Soon thereafter, she was assigned the first of her three names, Emperor.  After being designated an auxiliary aircraft carrier, ACV-67, she was renamed Nassuk Bay on 28 June. On 15 July, she was redesignated an escort carrier, CVE-67.  She was launched on 6 October 1943 while still bearing the name Nassuk Bay. One month later, she received her third and final name, Solomons, and as such, was commissioned on 21 November

FATE
On 15 May 1946, Solomons was decommissioned at Boston Naval Shipyard. Stricken from the Navy list 5 June 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-1211, p. 18).
Sold for scrap to the Patapsco Scrap Corp., Bethlehem, Pa., she was delivered to its agent on 22 December at Newport, R.I.


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USS Solomons (CVE-67) at Pier #2, Astoria, Oregon, 30 November 1943. Taken from USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68).

National Archives & Records Administration photo (# 80-G-366575).

Joseph E. Comeau Jr.
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USS Solomons (CVE-67) leaving San Diego harbor, California, 31 December 1943. Photographed from USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106570).

Naval History & Heritage Command,
via Gerd Matthes and Robert Hurst
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178k Hand colored photo of the Solomons in the Azores. © Jack Phifer
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83k Excellent port bow view. Date and place unknown. William Thornton
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TBF Avenger launching from USS Solomons (CVE-67), date and location unknown.

Tommy Trampp
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"As the Solomons steamed southward, on 25 March [1944] while making a landing approach Lieutenant (jg) Chamberlain's plane started to settle in the 'groove' (correct flight paht to the deck), but he never caught it in time by adding more power. His Avenger hit the edge of the flight deck ramp and split in two. Chamberlain stayed on the deck, while his crewmen in the tail section bounced off the five-inch gun on the fantail of the carrier and into the water. They were picked up by the guard destroyer escort and all recovered from their injuries."

Photo and text from VC-9 First in the Battle of the Atlantic, by Robert F. Menary and Moncrieff ("Monty") J. Spear.

Courtesy of Moncrieff J. Spear
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"Departing Recife[, Brazil,] in June 1944, Solomons was soon involved in her sole U-boat engagement of the war. On 15 June, one of Solomons' pilots reported contact with an enemy submarine some 50 miles from the carrier. The escorts Straub [(DE-181)] and Herzog [(DE-178)] were immediately directed to the position of the contact. The pilot who had made the initial contact on the submarine[, ENS George E. Edwards, Jr.,] was shot down by enemy antiaircraft fire, but at 1654, another Solomons aircraft regained visual contact. Five other Solomons aircraft soon joined up with it, and the group commenced a series of rocket and depth charge attacks which resulted in the sinking of the submarine [U-860—Type IX D2—], although with the loss of another pilot[, LT(JG) William F. Chamberlain]. Straub succeeded in rescuing 20 survivors, including the commanding officer[, Fregattenkapitän Paul Büchel]. Solomons continued antisubmarine air operations until 23 June, when she returned to Recife to refuel and disembark the captured German sailors." (Quoted from DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.)

VC-9 pilots who carried out the attack were: ENS George E. Edwards, Jr. (Avenger), LCDR Howard M. Avery (Avenger), ENS Moncrieff J. Spear (Avenger), LT(JG) William F. Chamberlain (Avenger), LT(JG) Donald E. Weigle (Avenger), ENS Thomas J. Wadsworth (Wildcat), and ENS Richard E. McMahon (Wildcat).

NS0306714: German survivors aboard USS Straub (DE-181). Forty-two U-860 crew members were killed.

NS0306714a: U-860 officers aboard Solomons.

NS0306714b: U-860 enlisted aboard Solomons.

NS0306714c: U-860 memorial service aboard Solomons.

NS0306714d: U-860 last rites aboard Solomons.

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Aerial view, probably taken sometime in April–August 1944, while USS Solomons (CVE-67) had VC-9 aboard.

Robert M. Cieri
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Memorial service for President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard USS Solomons (CVE-67), 15 April 1945.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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"? June 1945, water crash of a TBM Avenger plane # MT219, from the deck of the USS Solomons CVE 67. As you can see from the enlarged inset photo, the pilot appears to be OK!, because he is getting out of his plane."

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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Ex-USS Solomons (CVE-67) along with other nearly new escort carriers at Boston Navy Yard in April 1946, awaiting disposal.

Robert Hurst
The Crew
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(Front row) Camp, John (Bud) Thornton, Moynihan, Ford.
William Thornton
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50k Crossing the equator. Date unknown. Gaylan Knittel
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113k Plank Owner's Certificate for George Richard Knittel. Gaylan Knittel
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Joseph Ernest Comeau, when he was 18 years old, in 1944.

Joseph E. Comeau Jr.
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COMEAU, Joseph Ernest, S1c

COMMENDATION

"While acting as chockman on the flight deck of the USS Solomons on 2 May 1945, when his plane was struck by another out of control, in the face of extreme danger, he immediately chocked the right wheel of his plane, and then shifted to the tail surface in order to keep the plane and the pilot in it from going over the side. His action probably resulted in saving one aircraft and the life of one pilot."

"His cool exhibition of exceptionally good judgment and a high degree of courage are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. naval service."

[Signed] R[ichard] S[tanley] Moss
Captain, U.S.N.
Commanding.

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Joseph Ernest Comeau by a twin 40-mm gun mount.

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Joseph Ernest Comeau by an F4U Corsair on the flight deck of USS Solomons (CVE-67).

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Joseph Ernest Comeau reading mail from home, on the flight deck of USS Solomons (CVE-67), on Navy Day 1945.

Memorabilia
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78k "Season's Greetings". Gaylan Knittel
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Read the USS Solomons (CVE-67) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: Joseph E. Comeau Jr.
Address: P.O. Box 235
LaGrange, Maine 04453
Phone: (207) 943-8856
E-mail: comeaufa@ggcg.org
Web site:  
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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association
USS Solomons CVE 67, by Joseph E. Comeau Jr.

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