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Courtesy of CAPT Gene Oleson, CHC, USN (Ret)
(bluejacket.com)

USS WINDHAM BAY   (CVE-92)
(later CVU-92)

U.S.S. WINDHAM BAY
Courtesy of Al Grazevich


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal (extended) / American Campaign Medal
2nd Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3 stars) / World War II Victory Medal / National Defense Service Medal
3rd Row: Korean Service Medal / United Nations Korean Medal / Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


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

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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Windham Bay
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CVE-92 was named for a bay on the southeastern coast of Alaska, that extends from Windham to Stephens Passage, south of Holkham Bay and southeast of Juneau. Name derived from Point Windham by W.H. Dall, USC&GS, published in the 1883 Coast Pilot.

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

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World War II
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Officers of USS Windham Bay (CVE-92) and Astoria Navy Base salute during the escort carrier's commissioning ceremony on 3 May 1944. The podium is set up just aft of her lowered forward elevator.

National Archives and Records Administration, photo # 80-G-262632.

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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Looking aft inside Windham Bay's hangar bay at her officers and sailors during her commissioning ceremony on 3 May 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration, photo # 80-G-262635.

CVE-92 Windham Bay
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45k USS Windham Bay (CVE-92) underway in 1945, with what appear to be three Martin PBM Mariners on deck. Andrew Toppan
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"January 1945 — At Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, F4U's on the flight deck."

From the collection of then Radioman 3rd Class W.F. Cahill, who served on the WWII escort carrier USS Windham Bay (CVE-92).

Tommy Trampp
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Tugs push USS Windham Bay (CVE-92) against one of Midway Island's piers on 9 January 1945 to unload a shipment of F4U Corsairs during one of her many aircraft ferrying missions. She departed the next day to return to Pearl Harbor. US Navy photo now in the collections at the US National Archives, College Park, MD (# 80‑G-345406).

Tracy White, Researcher @ Large
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USS Windham Bay (CVE-92), damaged in typhoon, at Apra Harbor, Guam, Mariana Islands. Photographed by A.I. Melvin, 4–5 June 1945.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-331050.

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The Crew
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NS0309215: "Captain's Inspection"

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NS0309215b: "What Is a Sailor"

Written by then Radioman 3rd Class W.F. Cahill, who served on the WWII escort carrier USS Windham Bay (CVE-92).

Tommy Trampp
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The 1950s
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135k USS Windham Bay at Saigon, delivering aircraft to the French, January 1951. Robert Hurst
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"NY8-8370, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 3 June 1953, USS Windham Bay (TCVE92), Radio/Radar Antenna Arrangement & Rigging, Port View (225°), (Per BuShips' Manual Chapter 67-44), BS143797"

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # rg19nn-b1584-005-007.

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"NY8-8371, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 3 June 1953, USS Windham Bay (TCVE92), Radio/Radar Antenna Arrangement & Rigging, Aft View (190°), (Per BuShips' Manual Chapter 67-44), BS143798"

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # rg19nn-b1584-005-008.

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"NY8-8372, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 3 June 1953, USS Windham Bay (TCVE92), Radio/Radar Antenna Arrangement & Rigging, Bow View (350°), (Per BuShips' Manual Chapter 67-44), BS143799"

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # rg19nn-b1584-005-009.

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"NY8-8373, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 3 June 1953, USS Windham Bay (TCVE92), Radio/Radar Antenna Arrangement & Rigging, Port View (315°), (Per BuShips' Manual Chapter 67-44), BS143800"

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # rg19nn-b1584-005-010.

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"SXP763–4/28–ALAMEDA, CALIF: US Navy fighter planes are loaded aboard escort carrier USS Windham Bay, for shipment to beleagu[e]red French forces in Indo-China. The carrier departs 4/28 [April 1954] for San Diego, from where she'll sail for Indochina. UNITED PRESS TELEPHOTO jrh"

Ron Reeves
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"SXP771–4/28–SAN FRANCISCO: The carrier USS Windham Bay, loaded down with fighter planes for the beleagu[e]red French forces in Indochina, passes by the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on it's [sic] way to San Diego. From San Diego the carrier will proceed to Indochina. UNITED PRESS TELEPHOTO" (28 April 1954.)

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USS Windham Bay (CVE-92/T-CVU 92) ferrying aircraft, sometime in the 1950s.

The Odend'hal Family
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CAPT Charles J. Odend'hal, Jr., was commanding officer of USS Windham Bay (T-CVU 92), 21 September 1955–3 October 1956. (Read his biography.)

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Three-quarter aerial view of USNS Windham Bay (T-CVU 92), circa 1958 with a deckload of what appears to be Republic F-84 Thunderjets on the flight deck, forward. Note that the ship retains the 5"/38 mount on the centreline at the fantail, and what appears to be a few 20-mm mounts; also note the protective "igloos" covering the four twin 40-mm Bofors mounts aft. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Still Pictures Branch, College Park, Md. Photo #80-G-1046213.

Photo and text courtesy of DANFS, "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships."

Robert Hurst
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163k A photo of USNS Windham Bay (T-CVU 92), taken as she enters the Golden Gate into San Francisco Bay, sometime in 1958. The photo was taken by Allied Photographers of San Francisco, Calif.

Visible are 24 U.S. Air Force North American F-86D/L Sabre interceptors and two liaison aircraft. Four U.S. Navy aircraft are also on deck: two McDonnell F2H-4 Banshee fighters (one is BuNo 127575) and two Grumman F9F-5 Panther fighters (BuNo 125253, 125627). Note that her SK-1 radar has been removed. (Thanks to Robert Hurst.)

Robert M. Cieri

Read the USS Windham Bay (CVE-92 / T-CVU 92) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Date:  
Place:  
Contact: M W STEWARD
Address: 20550 Huebner Road # 106,
San Antonio, TX  78258-3966
Phone: (210) 495-4845
E-mail: windhambay@aol.com
Web site: USS Windham Bay CVE-92 Association
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