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USS PUGET SOUND   (CVE-113)
(later CVHE-113 and AKV-13)

(Ex- HOBART BAY)
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.

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CVE-113 was initially named Hobart Bay for a bay along the coast of Alaska, on the East shore of Stephens Passage, southeast of Rocky Point and northeast of Sitka (NS0311312). It was named in 1889 by LCDR Henry B. Mansfield, USN.

Renamed Puget Sound, 5 June 1944, for an arm of the Pacific Ocean extending some 80 miles south into Washington State (NS0311312a). An important U.S. Navy Yard is located in the sound, at Bremerton. (AV-13, initially named Puget Sound, was renamed Salisbury Sound on the same date, 5 June 1944.)

(Maps NS0311312 and NS0311312a courtesy of Google Maps.)

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Christening of CVE-113 at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Tacoma, Washington; bow-on passing down ways (note that she is being launched into the body of water that bears her name).

National Archives photo # 80-G-291118.

Daniel Dunham
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Puget Sound (CVE-113) at sea on builder's trials, June 1945. She is camouflaged in Measure 22.

National Archives photo # 80-G-369822.

Daniel Dunham
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F6F Hellcat mishap, date (probably summer 1945) and location (probably near Hawaii) unknown. The Hellcat appears to be attached to a Marine Fighter Squadron based at MCAS Ewa (note identification letter "W").

Sally & Penny Bronken, daughters of Paul Bronken, USS Puget Sound, and Hugh K. Telleria, son-in-law
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Landing operations.

NS0311313: Landing Signal Officer (LSO).

NS0311313aNS0311313d: F4U Corsair.

NS0311313e: F6F Hellcat.

Sally & Penny Bronken, daughters of Paul Bronken, USS Puget Sound, and Hugh K. Telleria, son-in-law
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USS Puget Sound (CVE-113), Tokyo Bay, October 1945.

National Archives photo # 80-G-369815.

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USS Puget Sound (CVE-113) at anchor in Tokyo Bay, Japan, October 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (#NH 106719).

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Vertical view, USS Puget Sound (CVE-113).

National Archives photo # 80-G-369796.

Daniel Dunham
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Men on bridge of USS Puget Sound (CVE-113).

National Archives photo # 80-G-369840.

Daniel Dunham
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USN photo of Puget Sound (CVE-113) underway, 1945, location unknown.

David Buell
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Paul Bronken and some of his shipmates aboard USS Puget Sound (CVE-113), Tokyo Bay, 1 Novermber 1945.

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Sally & Penny Bronken, daughters of Paul Bronken,
and Hugh K. Telleria, son-in-law
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The Commencement Bay-class escort carrier Puget Sound (CVE-113), newly completed, in January 1946. She was armed with two 5-in/38, three quadruple and twelve twin 40-mm, and twenty single 20-mm guns. Radars were the SK-2, SP, and SG.

From U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman.

Robert Hurst
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USO shows (1946?).

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Sally & Penny Bronken, daughters of Paul Bronken,
and Hugh K. Telleria, son-in-law
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Read the USS PUGET SOUND (CVE-113 / CVHE-113 / AKV-13) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Jerome F Whittman
Address:11 Carson Ave Babson Park, FL, 33827-9770
Phone: 941-638-2360
E-mail: None

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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