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USS SHAMROCK BAY   (CVE-84)
(later CVU-84)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Yankee - Bravo

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


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

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.

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CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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Launched on Friday, February 4, 1944 Vancouver's 30th carrier, USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) was christened by Mrs. James R. Dudley. CAPT Frank T. Ward, who would be Shamrock Bay's first commanding officer, delivered the principal address.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 4; February 25, 1944; page 7.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
World War II
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USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) at Astoria, Oregon, about a month after commissioning (April 1944). Painted in Measure 33, Design 10A.

Seattle Branch of the National Archives. Record Group 181.

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84), left foreground, about to leave Pier Number Two at Astoria, Oregon, 6 April 1944. Photographed from an airplane attached to Shipley Bay.

The other two escort aircraft carriers visible are not definitely identified, but they may be USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82), top, and USS Shipley Bay (CVE‑85), center.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106710).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
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This image is cropped from photo NS0308406, above. USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) is painted in camouflage Measure 33, Design 10A.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106710-A).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Bob Crawford
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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Undated, transporting aircraft. She is painted in Measure 33, Design 10A camouflage.

(Appears to have been taken at the same time that the photos below.)

Robert Hurst
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) steams away from Norfolk Navy base on 11 November 1944 as she begins her return to the Pacific Ocean and heads towards war. Note the extra supplies lashed to the top of her aft gun's ammunition clipping room.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-289883).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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The 28 aircraft of Composite Squadron (VC) 42 are tied down between Shamrock Bay's two elevators, 11 November 1944, as she steams east away from Norfolk and towards the Panama Canal, which she reached six days later. As a composite squadron, VC-42 was assigned a mixture of 16 FM-2 Wildcats and 12 TBM-3 Avengers, all of which are parked in view here.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-289887).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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Shamrock Bay's starboard side shows off her Camouflage Measure 33/10A pattern well, as she steams away from the waning sun and the east coast, 11 November 1944, to rendezvous with sister ship Wake Island (CVE-65) and two escort destroyers for the trip south.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-289885).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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The Royal Baby shares his milk (likely spoiled) with a polliwog during a Neptune Party on December 21, 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335706).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
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A rocket-armed TBM-3 Avenger of VC-94 prepares for a catapult launch from USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84), to support the invasion of Okinawa in April of 1945.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335707).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
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Loading rockets on the folded wing of a TBM-3 Avenger of VC-94 between strikes on Okinawa, aboard USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84). The yagi antenna of the aircraft's ASB radar is visible on the left.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-335708).

Tracy White,
Researcher @ Large
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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69k USS Shamrock Bay (CVE-84) as seen from USS Sangamon (CVE-26). Both are leaving Kerama Retto on May 4, 1945. USN
Ex-USS Shamrock Bay
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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86k In reserve, South Boston Naval Annex, May 1958. White Plains (CVE-66) to the right. © Richard Leonhardt
CVE-84 Shamrock Bay
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Ex-Shamrock Bay was scrapped at Hong Kong. Newspaper clips, December 1959.

Ron Reeves

Read the USS SHAMROCK BAY (CVE-84 / CVU-84) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: Anthony Mammola,
President, USS Shamrock Bay Assoc.
Address: 7 North Meadow Road, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475-4126
Phone: (860) 388-9170
E-mail: amammola@sbcglobal.net
Web site:  
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