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Courtesy of CAPT Gene Oleson, CHC, USN (Ret)

(later CVU-104)

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
2nd Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star) / World War II Victory Medal / Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp)

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

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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Tonowek Bay

CVE-104 was initially named Tonowek Bay (23 September 1943) for a bay off Gulf of Esquibel, between Prince of Wales and Heceta Islands, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0310412).

Renamed Munda, 6 November 1943, for an airfield on New Georgia (NS0310412a). During World War II it was important for the Japanese as a refueling area for Rabaul-based planes raiding Tulagi and Guadalcanal. It was the frequent target for Allied shore bombardment units. Partially neutralized after the occupation of Rendova and the setting up there of shore batteries which joined ships on the bombardment line in pounding the field, it was taken on 5 August 1943 during the Solomons campaign.

NS0310412b: Munda airfield, New Georgia Island, Solomons, photographed circa 1943–44, after redevelopment by the Allies.

(Maps NS0310412 and NS0310412a courtesy of Google Maps. Photo NS0310412b courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration [NARA], photo # 80-G-K-1454.)

CVE-104 Munda

USS Munda (CVE-104) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, California, circa late 1945. Note hull number painted on both the bow and the island.

National Naval Aviation Museum, photo No. 1996.488.035.004.

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Gerd Matthes and Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by CAPT Richard D. Gibson, USN (Ret)
CVE-104 Munda
123k USS Munda (CVE-104). Wilma R. Moore, daughter of S1C Leroy R. Willis (1918-1980)
CVE-104 Munda
100k Postcard that was made available to USS Munda (CVE-104) crew members.

CAPT Richard D. Gibson, USN (Ret), son of LT(JG) William D. Gibson, who served aboard USS Munda from Fall 1944 to Spring 1946
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137k Photo of USS Munda (CVE-104) taken by LT(JG) William D. Gibson, date and location unknown.

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92k USS Munda (CVE-104) at sea. Photographer, date and location unknown.

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144k USS Munda (CVE-104). The ship's CO, CAPT Loverne A. Pope, during a crossing of the Equator ceremony. Date unknown. Photo by LT(JG) William D. Gibson.

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107k USS Munda (CVE-104) rolling sharply. Date and location unknown. Photo by LT(JG) William D. Gibson.

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133k USS Munda (CVE-104). Flight deck, date and location unknown. Photo by LT(JG) William D. Gibson.

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131k USS Munda (CVE-104). 40mm/56 Bofors gun crew, date and location unknown. Photo by LT(JG) William D. Gibson.

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138k USS Munda (CVE-104). 40mm/56 Bofors guns, gun crews, and director, date and location unknown. Photo by LT(JG) William D. Gibson.

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128k USS Munda (CVE-104). Crew members playing basketball, using a net and backboard that are permanently affixed to the hangar deck overhead. Date and location unknown. Photo by LT(JG) William D. Gibson.

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS MUNDA (CVE-104 / CVU-104) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. James A. Walls
Address:4806 Odem Drive Corpus Christi, Texas 78415
Phone: 361-855-6428
E-mail: None

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

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