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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 was initially named Kanalku Bay for a bay east of Angoon, on the west coast of Admiralty Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska. Kanalku is a Tinglit Indian name published in 1891 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) as "Kanalkoo." (NS0307706.)

Renamed Marcus Island, 6 November 1943, after a small triangular island in the Western Pacific (NS0307706a), midway between Wake Island and the Bonins, and named Minami Tori Shima ("Southern Bird Island") by the Japanese. During World War II it was the site of an enemy naval base. Although bypassed by the Allies during the westward advance across the Pacific, it was subject to repeated U.S. attacks since March 1942. Finally, on 31 August 1945, Japanese Rear Admiral Matsubara Masata surrendered the island and its garrison to US RADM Francis E.M. Whiting, aboard the destroyer USS Bagley (DD-386).

NS0307706b: Attack on Marcus Island, 31 August 1943. The attack was carried out by Task Force 15 (RADM Charles A. Pownall), consisting of carriers USS Essex (CV-9), USS Yorktown (CV-10), and USS Independence (CVL-22), battleship USS Indiana (BB-58), light cruisers USS Nashville (CL-43) and USS Mobile (CL-63), and 10 destroyers, supported by an oiler (escorted by another destroyer). USS Snook (SS-279) acted as lifeguard submarine. Photo taken by a plane from Yorktown. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-474367.

(Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Photo courtesy of NARA.)

Marcus Island
Marcus Island
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
CVE-77 Marcus Island

Crewmen duck as a kamikaze plane explodes directly overhead after an unsuccessful attack on USS Marcus Island (CVE-77) in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, Friday, 15 December 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-335738.

Marc Levine
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USS Marcus Island (CVE-77), Japanese kamikaze, Zeke, coming in for attack on 15 December 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-335739.

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USS Marcus Island (CVE-77), Japanese plane to rear and starboard. Plane pulled to approximately 200 or 300 feet and exploded. Pilot reported to have parachuted from plane. White spot in lower part of burst believed to be parachute. USS Ralph Talbot (DD-390) astern in the Sulu Sea, 15 December 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-335740.

CVE-77 Marcus Island

USS Marcus Island (CVE-77), crewmen duck as kamikaze plane explodes directly overhead, after an unsuccessful attack in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, 15 December 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-335742.

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USS Marcus Island (CVE-77), Japanese aircraft, Judy, coming in for attack on 15 December 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-335743.

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Suicide attack by Japanese Zekes on USS Marcus Island (CVE-77) in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, taken from USS Natoma Bay (CVE-62).

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-336687.

CVE-77 Marcus Island

View of the flight deck of USS Marcus Island (CVE-77), circa 1945. Eight General Motors FM-2 Wildcats are about to launch, at left is a single General Motors TBM Avenger.

U.S. Navy photo from the Marcus Island 1944–1945 Cruise Book.

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
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