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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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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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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

USS TULAGI CVE-72 History
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Crew Contact and Reunion Information
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Contact: Bill Rochford
Address: 31 Lambourne Rd. Unit 507 — Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410 825 0093
E-mail: usstulagi@netscape.net
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