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(later CVHE-77 and AKV-27)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - X-ray - Golf

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 (4 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
3rd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp) / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal (2 stars)

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.
Operational and Building Data

Initially named Kanalku Bay

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CVE-77 Marcus Island

Marcus Island was christened by Mrs. S. L. LaHache, wife of the late Captain LaHache, USN.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 2; January 28, 1944; pages 4 & 5.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War II
CVE-77 Marcus Island
48k Undated, underway image showing flight deck lay out. USN
CVE-77 Marcus Island

USS Marcus Island was camouflaged in Measure 32/15A. Note single 5"/38 gun mounted in a tub on the fantail.

Hazegray & Underway
CVE-77 Marcus Island

USS Marcus Island (CVE-77) in a south Pacific port, 17 June 1944. The airplanes parked on her flight deck from amidships to the stern appear to be TDN/TDR type drones. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 15A.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph (#NH 83286), courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
Ex-USS Marcus Island
CVE-77 Marcus Island
66k In reserve, South Boston Naval Annex, 1959. Several destroyers moored alongside also are in "Mothballs." © Richard Leonhardt

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS Marcus Island (CVE-77 / CVHE-77 / AKV-27) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Contact: Thomas (Tom) Sahm
Address: 400S. Los Robles Ave. #305
Pasadena, CA 91101-3202
Phone: 626-792-8509
Web site: The Marcus Island Reunion Association (MIRA)

Related Links
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association
The Marcus Island Reunion Association (MIRA)

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