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USS SALERNO BAY   (CVE-110)
(later AKV-10)


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

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

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.

Operational and Building Data

Originally named Winjah Bay.

Stricken, 1 June 1961. Sold, 30 Oct. 1961, to Jacques Pierot & Sons, NYC, for scrapping by Revalorización de Materiales, S.A., Bilbao, Spain. Removed from naval custody, 14 Dec. 1961. Last ship at NISMF South Boston, MA. (Thanks to Ron Reeves for this information.)


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Winjah Bay
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CVE-110 was initially named Winjah Bay (an alternative spelling to Winyah), for a bay off the coast of South Carolina which serves as the estuary of the Pee Dee, Black, and Waccamaw Rivers and is located slightly above Georgetown, S.C. (NS0311016).

Renamed Salerno Bay, 6 November 1943 (three months before her keel was laid down), to commemorate the initial assault of Allied forces on the Italian peninsula, 9 September 1943 (Operation Avalanche). Salerno Bay is a variant term for the Gulf of Salerno, an inlet of the Tyrrhenian Sea, south of Naples, Italy (NS0311016a).

NS0404215: Light cruiser USS Savannah (CL-42) afire immediately after she was hit by a German guided bomb during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. (Courtesy of the US National Archives and Records Administration, # SC 243636.)

(Maps NS0311016 and NS0311016a courtesy of Google Maps.)

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Salerno Bay
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Salerno Bay, USS Savannah
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1945–1954
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USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) underway, 29 May 1946, location unknown (USN photo).

Robert Hurst
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130k [I] served on USS Salerno Bay from 19 Dec. 1946 to 21 March 1947. USMC, aircraft mechanic qualification. Checked out F4U-4's, walked chocks, pushed aircraft, washed aircraft, etc. My only trip was from Norfolk to the Virgin Islands. [These are] some of the pics taken while on board. Vincent Carroll, USMC, Feb. 1946 to June 1947
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US Navy photo of USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110), location and date unknown.

David Buell
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A TBM Avenger piloted by First Lieutenant Girard Blais, USMCR, attached to VMTB-144 based aboard USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) comes home to make what is believed to be the last carrier landing during the occupation of the Japanese Empire. This was off Formosa when planes from Salerno Bay furnished air support for Chinese troops occupying the island. Photograph received 4 December 1945. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (NARA) (# 80-G-354601).

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USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) off New York City, 29 May 1946.

Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photograph (# NH 66790).

Robert Hurst
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USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) off New York City, 29 May 1946.

Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photograph (# NH 66789).

Mike Green
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Undated (probably 1940s) photo of USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) underway with F4U Corsairs on deck. Location unknown.

David A.
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A veteran of Asiatic-Pacific warfare, USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) was recommissioned in Boston, June 20, 1951. The crew and guests stand at attention while her flags are hoisted.

(From "All Hands" magazine, August 1951.) (Digitally enhanced by Tom Kermen.)

Stanley Svec
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US Navy photo of USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110) in the 1950s, location unknown.

David Buell
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With an unidentified destroyer alongside, TBM-3S/3W Avengers, with Anti-submarine Squadron 32 (VS-32), are spotted on the flight deck of USS Salerno Bay (CVE‑110), sometime in 1951–54 (1952?).

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.253.1398. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Mike Green
The Crew
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Reading orders, date and location unknown.

Tommy Trampp
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Parachute Rigger Joseph A. Lonzello, Jr., USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110).

Joe Lonzello, son of Joseph A. Lonzello, Jr.
Ex-USS Salerno Bay
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50k In Reserve, South Boston Naval Annex. May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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139k In Reserve, South Boston Naval Annex. May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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South Boston Naval Annex, circa 30 May 1958. Easily identifiable are Salerno Bay (CVE-110), Gilbert Islands (CVE-107), Marcus Island (CVHE-77), Manila Bay (CVU-61), Kasaan Bay (CVHE-69), and Sargent Bay (CVU-83); also in this line were Shipley Bay (CVHE-85), Natoma Bay (CVU-62), and Savo Island (CVHE-78), and maybe a tenth, unidentified former "bird farm."

The skyline is the Customs House Tower, which these days you can't find from the clutter of the new high rises.

©Richard Leonhardt
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89k In Reserve, South Boston Naval Annex. August 1960. ©Richard Leonhardt
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"Salerno Bay's Last Voyage"

"The aircraft carrier Salerno Bay is the last ship of the moth-ball fleet to leave Boston bound for scrapping in Spain."

The Christian Science Monitor, 14 December 1961.

Ron Reeves

Read the USS SALERNO BAY (CVE-110 / AKV-10) DANFS History entry

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