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USS KALININ BAY   (CVE-68)

Ship's Patch
Contributed by Tommy Trampp


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Presidential Unit Citation
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal

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.

Fate: Stricken from the Navy list 5 June 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-1211, p. 18).

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"Launched on October 15[, 1943] was the USS Kalinin Bay, Vancouver's 14th escort carrier. Sponsor was Mrs. Anna Mary Updegraff, mother of CAPT Wm. N. Updegraff, U.S. Navy."

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 3, No. 21; November 11, 1943; page 7.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
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"KAISER COMPANY SHIPYARD, VANCOUVER, WA.
Launching of escort carrier U.S.S. Kalinin Bay, WWII. (OHS neg. #58783)"
Friday, 15 October 1943.

Mike Brock
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USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68), wartime, port side view. Date and location unknown. U.S. Navy photo 112-17.

Tommy Trampp
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Celebrating 1000th catapult shot aboard USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68), 20 October 1944.

(L. to R.) H.G. Blom, AMM3/c, USN; CDR R.C. Baver, USN; C. Michalski, Sl/c, USNR; R.E. Morrison, CAMM, USNR; ENS J.D. Timmerman, USNR; A.T. Bolynn, AMM2/c; R.A. Bowley, AlfiMl/c, USNR; A. Blum, AMM2/C, USNR; CAPT T.B. Williamson, USN; B.R. Hoghn, AMM2/C, USNR; W. Benzpalko, AMM3/c, USNR.

(Bottom row) CP. Iwuc, ARM3/c, USNR; ENS J.R. Zeitvogel (pilot), USN(T); and H.A. Henderson, ARM3/c, USNR.

National Archive photo (# 80-G-289859).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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ENS John E. Buchanan, USN, LT Kenneth G Hippe, USNR, shaking hands with CAPT T.B. Williamson, CO, LT(JG) Roy A. Volpi and LCDR J.S. Cromwell in center background, of USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68), after air battle with Japanese planes off Leyte Is., 24 October 1944.

National Archive photo (# 80-G-289860).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
Washington

The President of the United States takes pleasure in
Presenting the NAVY CROSS to

WILLIAM HAROLD KEIGHLEY, LIEUTENANT COMMANDER,
UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

"For extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron THREE (VC-3), embarked from the U.S.S. KALININ BAY (CVE-68), and deployed over Samar in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. When his task force was in imminent danger of being destroyed by heavy gunfire from an overwhelming force of hostile warships, Lieutenant Commander Keighley piloted one of the first planes launched, immediately maneuvering to attack the leading heavy cruiser. In bold defiance of the enemy's devastating antiaircraft fire, he scored three direct hits. Promptly joining a group of fighting planes when his bomb load was expended, Lieutenant Commander Keighley fought gallantly in the face of terrific opposition, making four determined strafing runs which resulted in considerable damage to the cruiser and effectively diverted hostile fire from our bombers and Torpedo Planes. Lieutenant Commander Keighley's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

For the President,
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

Bill Gonyo
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Deck scene on USS Kalilin Bay (CVE-68) as she is near missed by Japanese shells, during the battle off Samar, 25 October 1944. Japanese ships are faintly visible on the horizon. Photograph by Phi Willard Nieth.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-288132.

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During the Battle of Samar, 25 October 1944, Japanese shells fall short of USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68). Japanese ships are faintly visible on the horizon. Photograph by Phi Willard Nieth.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-288133.

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Flight deck damage from the third of four airplanes that attacked USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68) after the engagement of the Battle of Samar, 25 October 1944.

"At 1050 the task unit came under a concentrated air attack; and, during the 40-minute battle with enemy suicide planes, all escort carriers but Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70) were damaged. One plane crashed through St. Lo's flight deck and exploded her torpedo and bomb magazine, mortally wounding the gallant carrier. Four diving planes attacked Kalinin Bay from astern and the starboard quarter. Intense fire splashed two close aboard; but a third plane crashed into the port side of the flight deck, damaging it badly. The fourth hit destroyed the aft port stack." (Quoted from DANFS, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.)

National Archives (College Park, MD) photos:

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68) arriving at San Diego, California on 25 November 1944 for repair of damages received in the Battle off Samar a month earlier. Photographed by Naval Air Station San Diego personnel. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106571).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
Models
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Model of USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68) on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida. Photos taken on 13 June 2008.

Photos by Judson Phillips
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For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68) DANFS History entry


Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Owen O Hilton
Address:None Listed
Phone: 417-883-9975
E-mail: None

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