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USS STEAMER BAY   (CVE-87)
(later CVHE-87)


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 (6 stars)
2nd Row: World War II Victory Medal / 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-87 Steamer Bay
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CVE-87 (later CVHE-87) was named Steamer Bay for a bay on the west coast of Etolin Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0308713). The bay was named Bukhta Parakhodnaya on Russian Hydrographic Dept. Chart 1493, published in 1853; the name Steamer Bay is an 1882 translation by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS).

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

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1944–1947
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) with two Avenger torpedo bombers, and two Wildcat fighters on deck. Date and location unknown. U.S. Navy photo.

Robert Hurst
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 22 April 1944, off San Diego, Calif. Camouflage Measure 14. USN photo.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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A nice photo of USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), taken from a ZP-31 airship on 14 May 1944, near the California coast, transporting lots of F4U Corsairs.

David Buell
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308709
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 17 July 1944, probably off California. Camouflage Measure 32, Design 12A. USN photo.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) docked on the West Side of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, 1944–1945.

© J.R. Daniels, US Navy Seabee, via LT(JG) Jim Converse, USNR (former)
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308703
131k Date and place unknown. Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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A couple F6F-5's prepare to take off from USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), date and place unknown. Both Hellcats had been ferried by the escort carrier and squadron or carrier markings had not yet been applied. The lead plane is an F6F-5N night fighter, and has an APS-6 radar installed in a starboard wing-mounted radome.

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308701
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Action on January 5, 1945 shows the Steamer Bay under attack with a kamikaze shown flying past her stern. At the time, she was camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308712
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). This photo is dated 23 February 1945, during the Iwo Jima operation.

Tommy Trampp
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308705
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An FM-2 Wildcat of VC-93 snags the arresting gear, July 9, 1945. Note three launch stubs for 5" High Velocity Air Rockets (HVARs) under each wing — these were fitted to late-production FM-2's.

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308706
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At Bellingham, Washington, in early 1946, for preparation for "mothballing".

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
Memorabilia
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308711
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 50th Anniversary, 1944–1994, Philippine [Presidential] Unit Citation.

Tommy Trampp
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308714
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Life ring, mini souvenir (approx. 5.5" across), USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). Dated 13 May 1944, the day before she departed the CONUS for the first time, headed for the New Hebrides.

Tommy Trampp

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS STEAMER BAY (CVE-87 / CVHE-87) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Charles H Selby
Address:12 Allard St Warwick, RI, 02889-2614
Phone: 401-737-7876
E-mail: selrahcybles@cs.com

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association

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