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(later CVU-100 and AKV-35)


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 (2 stars) / World War II Victory Medal / Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Zulu - X-ray

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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Didrickson Bay

CVE-100 was initially named Didrickson Bay for a bay (also known as Deep Bay) on the west coast of Chichagof Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0306409).

Renamed Bougainville, 26 April 1944, to commemorate a major campaign fought on the island by that name, in the northern Solomons (NS0310003).

Allied troops stormed ashore at Cape Torokina on 1 November 1943. During the early morning hours of the 2nd, a Japanese surface force composed of four cruisers and six destroyers tried unsuccessfully to break up the invasion in what became known as the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay:

Since the purpose of the assault was to secure air bases to isolate the large Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain, and not necessarily to occupy the entire island, enemy land forces remained active on Bougainville through the end of the war.

NS0310003a: Chart, "The Battle of Empress Augusta Bay." (See also   "Night Engagement off Empress Augusta Bay" video  .)

(Maps NS0306409 and NS0310003 courtesy of Google Maps. Chart NS0310003a courtesy of The Two-Ocean War, by Samuel Eliot Morison [Galahad Books, 1997].)

Bougainville Island
Battle of Empress August Bay
World War II
CVE-100 Bougainville
33k USS Bougainville (CVE-100). Courtesy of Prior Service,
via Jack Treutle
CVE-100 Bougainville
63k This picture was taken from the USS Hemminger (DE-746) at Pearl Harbor sometime during World War II. Robert Taylor
CVE-100 Bougainville

USS Bougainville (CVE-100) underway, circa 1945.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph (#NH 89182). Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1979.

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS BOUGAINVILLE (CVE-100 / CVU-100 / AKV-35) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Robert J Barrett
Address:410 Grove St Braintree, MA, 02184-7340
Phone: 781-843-0703
E-mail: None

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association

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Last update: 24 February 2022