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CVE-75 USS HOGGATT BAY
(later CVHE-75 and AKV-25)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - X-Ray - Alpha

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Unit Commendation
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (2 stars)

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: Sold to E. Erhardt y Cia., S.L., c/o Jacques Pierot & Sons, N.Y., on 31 March 1960 for $218,888.89. Scrapped in Bilbao, Spain.

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Hoggatt Bay was sponsored by Mrs. Esther Irene Sundvik, wife of Victor Sundvik, a Vancouver Way 2 shipwright. Mrs. Sundvik was a cook at Burton Homes, and the first sponsor chosen from among yard employees.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 3, No. 23; December 9, 1943; page 6.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War II
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January 1944 port bow view of the newly commissioned USS Hoggatt Bay (CVE-75), moored in Astoria, Oregon.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo (# 1996.488.034.022). Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

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Undated. Underway with aircraft on deck. Camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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Excellent overhead showing general configuration of this class. Camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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"Crossing the Line" ceremony, sometime in 1944.

"[T]he granddaddy of all seagoing ceremonies [is] the shellback initiation when a ship crosses the Equator, in which 'pollywogs' (sailors who have not previously crossed the Line) become 'shellbacks' (fit subjects of King Neptune)."

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"We won't go into detail on what occurs when Neptune and his court are piped aboard and the pollywogs join the Order of the Shellbacks, because that's a mystery of the deep, after all. Suffice it to say, that when the day ends, the Shellback has arrived."

"To prove it, he has a certificate of impressive size, festooned with drawings of fish, mermaids and a trident-wielding Neptune, [...]"

(Text above quoted from "Crossing the Line, Plank Owner and Other Unofficial Certificates Acquired by Naval Personnel.")

Photos from the collection of Pearl Harbor Survivor Dale Magnus. Dale, an RM3/c at the time, was already a Shellback when he took the photos.

Dale Magnus,
via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of "Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific."
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For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the
USS HOGGATT BAY (CVE-75 / CVHE-75 / AKV-25) DANFS History entry
Read United States Navy, "The story of the U.S.S. Hoggatt Bay" (1946). World War Regimental Histories, 145,
at the Bangor, Maine Public Library website, via Jonathan Eno.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
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Contact: Ted C. Harper,
Director, USS Hoggatt Bay Association
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E-mail: TCHARPE@aol.com
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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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