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USS MAKIN ISLAND   (CVE-93)

(Ex- WOODCLIFF BAY)


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

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.

Fate: Stricken from the Navy list 5 June 1946 (Navy Dept. Bulletin, 46-1211, p. 18).

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Miss Ingvey Wangsness, one of the Kaiser Vancouver yard's first employees, was flower girl at the launching of Makin Island.

(From "Bo's'n's Whistle," Vol. 4, No. 9; April 7, 1944; page 4.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
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USS Makin Island (CVE-93) underway in the southwestern Pacific, near Leyte, Philippine Islands, 18 November 1944. The ship is wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 16A.

Collection of Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, donated by his Daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Sherrill, 1972.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 99120).

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View on the ship's flight deck, showing her island, arresting gear wires, circa 1944-1945. FM and TBM aircraft are parked forward.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-K-3130). Though this was originally a color image, the original "Aero Kodacolor" transparency has lost all colors but red, and can now only be reproduced in monochrome.

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Crewmen at their battle stations, wearing flash proof clothing and inflatable life belts, circa 1944-1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94871).

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Aerial view of USS Makin Island (CVE-93) off Okinawa in 1945. Note FM-2 Wildcat and TBM-3 Avenger aircraft of Composite Squadron (VC) 84 spotted on the flight deck.

U.S. Navy photo.

Makin Island Web Page
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
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40-mm twin gun mounts firing during gunnery practice, 21 March 1945, shortly before the ship took part in the Okinawa operation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-K-5171).

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USS Makin Island (CVE-93) in the Kerama Retto, Ryukyu Islands, on 27 March 1945. She was the first U.S. aircraft carrier to enter the newly captured anchorage. Note this ship's Measure 32, Design 16A, camouflage.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command photo (# NH 94878).

Makin Island Web Page.

Larger copy courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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USS Makin Island (CVE-93) halfway into floating drydock ABSD-6, at Guam, 8 June 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 99118).

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USS Makin Island (CVE-93) in Wakanoura Wan, Wakayama, Japan evacuating allied war prisoners, September 1945. Also visible in this photo are: (top) a Haven-class hospital ship, probably USS Sanctuary (AH-17), or perhaps USS Consolation (AH-15); and (center) a Cleveland-class light cruiser, possibly USS Montpelier (CL-57). (See also photo NS0309308.)

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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USS Makin Island (CVE-93) riding out a typhoon just off the island of Okinawa, July 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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USS Makin Island (CVE-93) taking a nose dive during a typhoon off Okinawa, July 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Sailors sightseeing at Wakanoura Wan, Wakayama, Japan, 19 September 1945, a few weeks after the end of World War II. Ships in the left distance are (from left to left-center): USS Montpelier (CL-57); USS Sanctuary (AH-17) and USS Makin Island (CVE-93).

Collection of Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, donated by his Daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Sherrill, 1972.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 99119). (See also photo NS0309331.)

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Small Target Drone Aircraft falling in flames, after being shot down by USS Makin Island (CVE-93) during gunnery practice off Wakanoura Wan, Wakayama, Japan, 1 October 1945.

Collection of Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, donated by his Daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Sherrill, 1972.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 99121).

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As above. Note that much of the drone's covering has burned away, exposing internal structure.

Collection of Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, donated by his Daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Sherrill, 1972.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 99122).

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Tattered flag from USS Makin Island, 1945 typhoon. Now on display at the USS Hornet Museum..

Roy C. Thomas, Fall 2002
The Aircraft
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Crewmen pull a FM-2 Wildcat fighter back from the forward edge of the flight deck, after it flipped over in a "freak accident", circa 1944-1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94872).

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General Motors FM-2 Wildcat fighter gets a "wave-off" from the Landing Signal Officer, while attempting to land on USS Makin Island (CVE-93), circa 1944-45.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94875).

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FM-2 Wildcat fighter receives the "launch" signal on USS Makin Island (CVE-93), 1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94870).

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Another FM-2 Wildcat fighter about to launch from USS Makin Island (CVE-93), 1944–1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Eastern Aircraft-built FM-2 Wildcats of VC-83 during catapult launch from USS Makin Island (CVE-93) for a February 1945 strike against Iwo Jima. USN, courtesy Don S. Montgomery.

From "Carrier Air War in Original Color," by Robert Lawson and Barrett Tillman.

Robert Hurst
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A FM-2 Wildcat fighter makes the ship's last catapult launching, off Honolulu, Hawaii, in October 1945. Note the catapult bridle dropping away below the plane's wheels.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94880).

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TBM-1 Avenger torpedo plane flies low over the flight deck of USS Makin Island (CVE-93), circa 1944-1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94873).

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TBM Avenger torpedo planes, of Composite Squadron 84 (VC-84) fly over Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands, on 16 April 1945. View looks east. The planes were based on board USS Makin Island (CVE-93).

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 69420).

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A TBM-1 Avenger torpedo bomber makes Composite Squadron 84's (VC-84) last landing on board, circa mid-1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94879).

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TBM Avenger torpedo plane is catapulted from USS Makin Island (CVE-93), circa 1945.

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 69419).

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TBM-3 Avenger launching for a mission to Wakayama, Japan to aid in the evacuation of allied war prisoners, September 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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TBM-3 Avenger of Composite Squadron 41 (VC-41) over Wakayama, Japan September 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Close-up of a TBM-3 Avenger of Composite Squadron 41 (VC-41) enroute to Wakayama, Japan September 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
The Crew
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Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, on the bridge of his flagship, USS Makin Island (CVE-93), circa 1944-1945. The original print carried an inscription by RAdm. Durgin to the donor, who was the ship's Photographic Officer.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94800).

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Lieutenant Commander Sherlock Hibbs, USNR (behind Santa's microphone) and Lieutenant Commander Thomas S. Gates, Jr., USNR (to right of microphone) make merry with toy musical instruments during a Christmas Eve party on board USS Makin Island (CVE-93), 24 December 1944, while the ship was at Manus, Admiralty Islands. Looking on, second from right, is Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN.

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (# NH 69416).

Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
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Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, with members of his staff, in their Wardroom on board USS Makin Island (CVE-93), circa 1945. Present are (seated from left to right): Lieutenant Commander Price Gilbert, Jr., USNR; Lieutenant Commander Sherlock Hibbs., USNR; Lieutenant Commander Daniel Cone; Captain Joseph L. Kane, USN; Rear Admiral Durgin; Commander Milton A. Nation, USN; Commander Irvin L. Dew, USN; and Lieutenant Commander Thomas S. Gates, Jr., USNR.

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 69399).

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Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN (left) shakes hands with Rear Admiral Felix Stump, USN on board USS Makin Island (CVE-93), circa February 1945. At the extreme left is Commander William Guest, USN.

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 69403).

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Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, Commander of an escort carrier task group, with senior members of his staff in the ACI room of USS Makin Island (CVE-93), during the Okinawa campaign, circa May 1945. Those present are, from left to right: Captain Joseph L. Kane; Rear Admiral Durgin; Captain William B. Whaley; and Captain Victor Long.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-K-5711).

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Captain Ira E. Hobbs (right center), ship's Commanding Officer, joins aviators of Composite Squadron 41 (VC-41) in celebrating their 1000th landing on board, circa mid-1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94877).

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Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John L. Highfill (right), the ship's Photographic Officer, receives the Bronze Star from Captain Ira E. Hobbs, Commanding Officer, in October 1945.

Courtesy of PHC John Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 94883).

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Lieutenant Thomas B. Sedaker, USN, displays the cake baked in celebration of the 2,000th catapult launch of an aircraft by USS Makin Island (CVE-93), 5 March 1945.

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NH&HC), # NH 69381.

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Ship's Yeomen pose on the flight deck, circa 1945. Present are:

Seated, left to right: Y3c M.R. Gelster; Y1c J.R. Shaw; Chief Yeoman J.J. Formichella; Y3c S.T. Moore; and Y2c R.K. Duncan.

Standing, left to right: Y3c D.H. Speake; Y1c R.B. Worrall; Y1c J.M. Harvey; and Y3c W.E. Rabe.

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NH&HC), # NH 69397.

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Ship's Signalmen and Quartermasters pose on her flight deck, circa 1945. Present are:

Seated, left to right: QM1c F.L. Thorpe; Chief Signalman C.J. Spaulding; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Roland C. Beale, USN; Chief Quartermaster F.J. Fallis; and SM1c G.R. Yohnka.

Standing, left to right: SM3c E.F. Szenci; SM2c W.K. Jordan; SM2c W.H. Bowman; and SM3c D.W. Cumming.

Collection of Vice Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Durgin Sherrill, 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NH&HC), # NH 69398.

NH&HC
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Crewmen pose with the ship's scoreboard of enemy "kills" painted on the bridge wing, 1945. Three of these men are identified as: DuPeraul, Hougon and Donaldson.

Courtesy of PHC John L. Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval History & Heritage Center Photograph. (# NH 95041).

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Members of the ship's photographic complement pose with different types of cameras, 1945. Those present are (from left to right): McIntosh, Hougon, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John L. Highfill, Cook and Reed. Note TBM Avenger aircraft parked on the carrier's flight deck.

Courtesy of PHC John L. Highfill, USN (Retired).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. (# NH 95044).

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LT J.W. Glock, 1944–1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Unknown group shots on the flight deck of USS Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Joe Ray Parker, Pharmacist's Mate 2/c, V-6 Division.

David W. Parker, son of Joe Ray Parker
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Joe Ray Parker, Pharmacist's Mate 2/c, receives a Letter of Appreciation from CAPT Ira E. Hobbs, ship's commanding officer, for his services aboard the carrier USS Makin Island (CVE-93) during Pacific operations.

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Actress Olivia de Havilland ("Wings of the Navy," "Gone with the Wind," "To Each His Own," "The Heiress") aboard USS Makin Island (CVE-93). Joe Ray Parker in left background.

Documents
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Plan of the Day, February 15, 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Plan of the Day, February 22, 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Plan of the Day, February 24, 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Plan of the Day, March 5, 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Plan of the Day, March 30, 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Plan of the Day, April 5, 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Okinawa operations.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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Typhoon, September 1945.

Collection of LT J.W. Glock, who served as LSO aboard Makin Island, 1944–1945.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock
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"The War History of USS Makin Island CVE-93," by LT(JG) Ralph W. Keith. Retyped by Gus Youngkrist.

Jim Glock, son of
LT J.W. Glock

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USS Makin Island (CVE-93) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Gus Youngkrist
Address:5525 W Flamingo Rd #-1001 Las Vegas, NV, 89103-2352
Phone: 702-251-7930
E-mail: MAKINGY@AOL.COM


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