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Courtesy of CAPT Gene Oleson, CHC, USN (Ret)
(bluejacket.com)

USS FANSHAW BAY   (CVE-70)
(later CVHE-70)



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

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.

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Fanshaw Bay was launched on November 1, 1943. The launching party included (l to r) M. Miller; June Oliver, rate control department employee and flower girl; Mrs. Frances M. Frericks, matron of honor; Mrs. Jesse L. Kenworthy, sponsor; Lesley Cynthia Kenworthy and Captain Leland D. Webb.

(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
World War II
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USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70) transporting aircraft on 17 January 1944. Among the planes parked on her flight deck are U.S. Army A-20, P-38 and P-47 types.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106573).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
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USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70) underway on 9 February 1944. This was two months after being commissioned and the carrier was preparing for her first Western Pacific deployment coming up in April.

Source: Australian War Memorial, photo No. 302596.

Mike Green
PUC -

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

UNITED STATES SHIP FANSHAW BAY

and her attached Air Squadrons participating in the following operations:

VC-68, Marianas Operation, June 15 to 18, 1944;
VC-66, Western New Guinea, September 15 to October 12, 1944;
VC-68, Leyte Operation, October 18 to 24, 1944;
VC-68, Leyte Operation, October 26 to 29, 1944;
VOC-2, Okinawa Gunto Operation, March 25 to June 23, 1945;
VOC-2, THIRD Fleet Operations against Japan, July 10 to 27, 1945,

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

   "For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces in the air, ashore and afloat. Operating continuously in the most advanced areas, the U.S.S. FANSHAW BAY and her air squadrons destroyed or damaged hostile warships, aircraft, merchant shipping and shore installations despite frequent and sustained air attacks. She sent out her planes repeatedly in spotting and strike missions to annihilate the enemy's ground installations, troops, tanks, trucks and parked aircraft and to destroy his airborne planes. Operating as a highly disciplined and superbly coordinated team throughout 124 days of action, the FANSHAW BAY and her air groups achieved an illustrious record of performance in combat which reflects the highest credit upon her gallant officers and men and upon the United States Naval Service."

For the President,

(Signed)
John L. Sullivan
Secretary of the Navy

Bill Gonyo
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"[Squadron] VC-66 Mississippi Gentlemen Cook, Mayo and Cope."

The United States Navy Memorial, via Bill Gonyo
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Rear Admiral Clifton A.F. Sprague aboard USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70), off Okinawa, Japan, April 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), #80-G-371327.

NARA
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Aboard USS Fanshaw Bay (CVE-70), 10 September 1945.

Sharon Carney, daughter of Robert C. Carney

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS FANSHAW BAY (CVE-70 / CVHE-70) DANFS History entry.

Read United States Navy, "Straddled: A Short History of the U.S.S. Fanshaw Bay" (1946). World War Regimental Histories, 145,
at the Bangor, Maine Public Library website, via Jonathan Eno.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Chester W Skoczen
Address:326 Chestnut St Syracuse , NY, 13212-2148
Phone: 315-458-4395
E-mail: None

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