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(later CVHE-117 and AKV-17)

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal / World War II Victory Medal

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

Saltery Bay, renamed Saidor (CVE-117) on 5 June 1944, was laid down on 29 September 1944 by Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Tacoma, Wash., launched on 17 March 1945 and commissioned on 4 September 1945.

FATE: Saidor was decommissioned on 12 September 1947 and berthed with the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego. Reclassified CVHE-117 on 12 June 1955, and AKV-17 on 7 May 1959, she remained in the Reserve Fleet until 1 December 1970 when she was struck from the Navy list. She was sold to American Ship Dismantlers, Portland, Oreg., for scrapping on 22 October 1971.

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Saltery Bay

CVE-117 (later CVHE-117 and AKV-17) was initially named Saltery Bay for a bay on the south shore of Tenakee Inlet, Chichagof Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0311704). The bay was named in 1929 by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) because "a saltery is located there."

Renamed Saidor, 5 June 1944, after a coastal town on northeast New Guinea (NS0311704a), possessing a good harbor and airstrip, occupied by Allied troops on 2 January 1944 (Operation Michaelmas).

NS0311704b: LSTs unloading equipment on the shoreline of Saidor, 2 January 1944. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Signal Corps.)

(Maps courtesy of Google Maps.)

CVE-117 Salidor

USS Saidor (CVE-117) underway after making a turn to starboard, circa 1945. U.S. Navy photo from the U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation, Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection, # 1996.488.035.042.

Robert Hurst
Mike Green
CVE-117 Salidor

Saidor as completed, circa 1945–1946.

Hazegray & Underway
CVE-117 Salidor
209k USS Saidor CVE-117 about to enter Pearl Harbor on 04 May 1946. She served at Bikini as a photographic laboratory for the atomic bomb testing program, Operation Crossroads. She processed film, documenting the destructive power of atomic weapons on selected targets at various ranges, during the nuclear explosions of 1 and 25 July. Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467, Collection, slide number 193B

Read the USS SAIDOR (CVE-117 / CVHE-117 / AKV-17) DANFS History entry
Read United States Navy, "U.S.S. Saidor" (1946). World War Regimental Histories, 199,
at the Bangor, Maine Public Library website, via Jonathan Eno.

Crew Contact and Reunion Information
Contact: Bob Marsh
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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

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Last update: 6 December 2018