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USS TULAGI   (CVE-72)



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

(Ex- FORTALEZA BAY)
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, 8 May 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-970, p. 24).

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Tulagi was sponsored by Mrs. James Duke Barner, wife of the commanding officer of the Astoria Naval Station.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 3, No. 22; November 25, 1943; page 7.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War II
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Good overhead, showing starboard side AA armament. Painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 4A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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USS Tulagi (CVE-72) enroute from New York to Casablanca with a deck cargo of U.S. Army P-38s and P-47s. This photo is dated 31 May 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-364576).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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USS Tulagi (CVE-72) enroute from New York to Casablanca with a deck cargo of U.S. Army P-38s and P-47s, 2 June 1944. USS Marsh (DE-699) is alongside. Photographed from USS Mission Bay (CVE-59).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-364378).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
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S Division, USS Tulagi (CVE-72). Grand Harbour, Valletta, Island of Malta, August 5, 1944.

Mark Hauth
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131k Grumman F6F Hellcats aboard USS Tulagi (CVE-72) en-route to Operation Dragoon, August 1944. USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) is behind her, and a British-manned escort carrier leaves the convoy (left) presumably to operate aircraft for CAP. Robert Hurst
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151k "INVASION PANORAMA — Navy planes ride the deck of U.S.S. Tulagi as the carrier plows the Mediterranean toward France for the opening assault of the new invasion." Taken in mid-August, but published on Friday, 22 September 1944.

"Hellcats Tough On Tanks—ROME—Hellcat divebombers (sic) from the U.S. baby aircraft carriers Tulagi and Kasaan Bay destroyed more than 1,000 nazi motor vehicles and tanks in widespread missions during operations in southern France, a naval spokesman said today."

Hayden Maass Zumwalt
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Steward's Mate Second Class Miles Davis King carries a loaded magazine for a 20mm machine gun, as USS Tulagi (CVE-72) steams through the Mediterranean Sea en route to the invasion of Southern France. Photographed a few days prior to 15 August 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-417623).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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An F6F-5 Hellcat of VOF-1 takes a waveoff from LSO during a landing attempt aboard USS Tulagi (CVE-72), following an air-support mission over Southern France on D-Day for Operation Dragoon on 15 August 1944. USN photo, courtesy Russ Egnor.

Photo and text from "Carrier Air War In Original WWII Color" by Robert Lawson and Barrett Tillman.

Robert Hurst
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RADM Calvin T. Durgin congratulates pilots for destroying a target, beyond the reach of Navy guns, off the coast of Southern France, August 1944. They are in the ready room of USS Tulagi (CVE- 72).

National Archives & Records Administration photo (# 80-G-305235).

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Richard Salter, CK3/c, a talker of a gun station, aboard USS Tulagi (CVE-72) off the coast of southern France, August 1944.

National Archives & Records Administration photo (# 80-G-468780).

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A plane handler giving the signal, "Lock tailwheel," to an F6F pilot aboard USS Tulagi (CVE-72) off the coast of Southern France, August 1944.

National Archives & Records Administration photo (# 80-G-468782).

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Operation Dragoon, August–September 1944. Map of France showing Mediterranean area. Received 13 September 1944.

National Archives & Records Administration photo (# 80-G-46491).

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Operation Dragoon, August–September 1944. Navy Rocket — Firing Hellcats (F6F) wreck German train west of Carcassonne, France. The pilot, Ensign John A. Mooney, USNR, swooped back to take this picture following his strike. Other fliers in Navy strike group attacked immediately and left train in flames. The fighter group was based on USS Tulagi (CVE-72) which participated in the invasion of Southern France in an aircraft carrier task group commanded by Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN. Received 9 September 1944.

National Archives & Records Administration photo (# 80-G-46497).

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Unidentified Tulagi's crew members, sometime in 1945.

Scott Wood, for his father, Thomas B. Wood, RdM3c(T), USS Massachusetts (BB-59), USS North Carolina (BB-55), and USS Tulagi (CVE-72) in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters.
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Fritz O. Maass, SM3, is in the middle, top row. He served from 23 October 1943 until 23 December 1945, and according to his memoir was aboard USS Tulagi (CVE-72) from 17 June 1944 (two days after he turned 19) until 23 December 1945.

Fritz was Hayden's grandfather.

Hayden Maass Zumwalt
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Photo NS0307211, uncropped. Larger copy available on request.

The photo appears to have been taken in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Island of Malta. Date migh be 5 August 1944 (see NS0307205).


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Address: 31 Lambourne Rd. Unit 507 — Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410 825 0093
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