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USS KWAJALEIN   (CVE-98)
(later CVU-98 and AKV-34)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Zulu - Romeo
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.

Operational and Building Data

Built by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash. Initially named Bucareli Bay. Keel laid 19 Feb 1944, launched 4 May 1944; commissioned 7 Jun 1944.

Decommissioned 16 Aug 1946. While in reserve, she was reclassified as an "Utility Aircraft Carrier" (CVU-98), 12 Jun 1955; again reclassified as a "Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry" (AKV-34), 7 May 1959. Stricken from the Navy list 1 Apr 1960 and sold for scrap.


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CVE-98 Kwajalein
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USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) underway with six OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes parked on her flight deck. This image is dated 11 June 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106712).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst
CVE-98 Kwajalein
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This 19 July 1944 photo shows USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) heading towards the Pacific war zone, her flight deck jammed with fifty-nine F4U Corsairs and F6F Hellcats. All carriers were used as airplane ferries when first joining the fleet or rejoining the fleet after refits. All available flight and hangar deck space was utilized.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
CVE-98 Kwajalein
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65k Date and place unknown. Note "dazzle" camouflage, Measure 33 Design 18A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.) Janie Darlene (Rinaldi) Phillips
CVE-98 Kwajalein
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USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) in San Francisco Bay, date unknown (possibly late 1945–early 1946).

Stephen Lansing

USS KWAJALEIN CVE-98 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray & Underway Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Monte Allen
Address:4116 NE Pembroke Ln Lees Summit, MO, 64064-1622
Phone: 816-478-8107
E-mail: None

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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