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Contributed by Gerd Matthes, Germany

USS KULA GULF   (CVE-108)
(later AKV-8)

(Ex- VERMILION BAY)


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

CLASS - COMMENCEMENT BAY
Displacement 11,3730 Tons, Dimensions, 557' 7" (oa) x 75' x 30' 8" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/38AA 36 x 40mm, 20 x 20mm, 33 Aircraft.
Machinery, 16,000 SHP; Allis-Chambers, Geared Turbines, 2 screw
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 1066.
Fate: Entered Beaumont, Texas, Reserve Fleet at 1700 (local time), 6 October 1969. Advertised for sale under PD-X-899, dated 17 February 1971, opened 10 March 1971. Sold for scrap to Southern Scrap Material Co., Ltd., 12 March 1971, under contract MA-6271, for $108,888.88. Departed Navy custody at 1215 (local time), 28 June 1971. (Thanks to Ron Reeves for this info.)

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USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108) underway on 5 September 1945.

National Archives photo (#80-G-265619).

Daniel Dunham
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green and Robert Hurst
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USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108), circa 1945-46.

Ed Moninghoff Jr.
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The USS Kula Gulf at sea during a typhoon.

National Archives photo (#80-G-265624).

Daniel Dunham
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Bow on-bottom painted (in drydock at Todd's Shipyard Harbor Island in Seattle, Washington).

National Archives photo (#80-G-334016).

Daniel Dunham
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Underway, circa 1950–1951.

Ed Moninghoff Jr.
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Underway with F4U Corsairs on the after flight deck, location unknown. Circa 1950–1951.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
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Collage (probably 1951).

Ed Moninghoff Jr.
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S-3 Division, 12 October 1951.

Sailor in the 3rd row from front to back, 10th from left, is Gerald Weinmann (thanks to Earl Weinmann, his son).

Ed Moninghoff Jr.
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USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108) underway with F4U Corsair fighters on her flight deck, circa 1951–1953.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106716).

Robert Hurst
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Undated.

Ed Moninghoff Jr.
Ex-USS Kula Gulf
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"An unusual feat is accomplished at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard when two carriers are placed in one dry-dock. Shown are the USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108) and the USS Monterey (CVL-26)." From a Philadelphia Naval Shipyard booklet, late 1950s.

EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
MSTS
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"(PX-4)PHILADELPHIA, July 20[, 1965]—WORLD WAR II CARRIER REACTIVATED—The 15,000 ton escort carrier Kula Gulf, is being reactivated at Philadelphia Naval Base after ten years of inactivity as part of the mothball fleet. Food is loaded aboard the vessel by a crane as workmen aboard restore the ship for service as an aircraft ferry cargo ship in the Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service. The ship will be known as the U.S. Naval Ship Kula Gulf and will be operated by MSTS with an all-Civil service crew. A sea trial has been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. (AP WIREPHOTO)"

Ron Reeves
Memorabilia
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Liberty card, USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108), 1944–1945. Gerald A. La-Haise was an Aviation Machinist's Mate, 3rd Class (AMM/3c), who served aboard Kula Gulf in the Pacific until 1945.

Steven La-Haise

For more information and photos of this ship, see:

USS KULA GULF CVE-108 History
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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. Andrew R Warade
Address:9444 Holnwon Ct Hudson, FL, 34667-8549
Phone: 813-862-305
E-mail: None

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