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USS MATANIKAU   (CVE-101)
(later CVU-101 and AKV-36)

(Ex- DOLOMI BAY)

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


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Alpha - Bravo

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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Dolomi Bay
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CVE-101 was initially named Dolomi Bay for a bay on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0310110).

Renamed Matanikau, 26 April 1944, after a river on the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, Solomons, between Point Cruz and Lunga Point (NS0310110a). During the protracted ground war for control of Guadalcanal, U.S. Marines battled Japanese troops along its banks in September and October 1942, while tenaciously defending their defense perimeter around Henderson Field.

NS0310110b: A US Marines patrol crosses the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal in September 1942.

(Maps NS0310110 and NS0310110a courtesy of Google Maps. Photo NS0310110b courtesy of the US National Archives and Records Administration.)

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Matanikau River
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World War II
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Matanikau (CVE-101), shown during launching, Monday, 22 May 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376551.

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CVE-101 Matanikau
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138k USS Matanikau (CVE-101) Russ Padden
CVE-101 Matanikau
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49k USS Matanikau (CVE-101) Tom Kermen
CVE-101 Matanikau
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124k USS Matanikau (CVE-101) underway. Ronald Crespin, son of WW II crew member John Crespin (June 4, 1924–October 4, 2002)
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USS Matanikau (CVE-101) underway shortly after her commissioning, July 1944.

National Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 1996.488.035.001.

Mike Green
Robert Hurst
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USS Matanikau (CVE-101), broadside view, taken on 13 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376566.

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USS Matanikau (CVE-101), pilot house boat approaches, taken on 13 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376567.

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CVE-101 Matanikau
NS0310109b
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USS Matanikau (CVE-101), docked, taken on 13 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376569.

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USS Matanikau (CVE-101), heading out to sea, taken on 13 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376570.

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NS0310108
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An FM-2 Wildcat fighter preparing for launch aboard USS Matanikau (CVE-101), Thursday, 27 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376559.

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NS0310108a
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An FM-2 Wildcat fighter preparing for launch aboard USS Matanikau (CVE-101), Thursday, 27 July 1944.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # 80-G-376560.

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CVE-101 Matanikau
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An Advanced Carrier Training Group Pacific (ACTGPac) TBM Avenger pilot taxis to the port catapult of USS Matanikau (CVE-101) during training exercises off San Diego, California. Matanikau provided carrier qualification deck services for the Pacific Fleet during October 1944–July 1945. USN photo.

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

Robert Hurst
CVE-101 Matanikau
NS0310105
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USS Matanikau (CVE-101) circa 1945, location unknown.

David Perich for his father, Thomas, who served aboard USS Matanikau in the Pacific in WWII
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Official copy of the service history of USS Matanikau (CVE-101).

David Perich for his father, Thomas, who served aboard USS Matanikau in the Pacific in WWII

Read the USS MATANIKAU (CVE-101 / CVU-101 / AKV-36) DANFS History entry

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association
USS MATANIKAU CVE-101, by Vern Bouwman

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