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USS POINT CRUZ   (CVE-119)
(later AKV-19)

(Ex- TROCADERO 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.

Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier
Ordered Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Stricken
24 Jan. 1943 4 Dec. 1944 18 May 1945 16 Oct. 1945
26 July 1951
23 Aug. 1965
30 June 1947
31 Aug. 1956
16 Oct. 1969


15 Sept. 1970
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyard Inc., Tacoma, Wash.

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USS Point Cruz, 1945-1965
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USS Point Cruz (CVE-119). CAPT Douglas T. Day, Jr., USN, commanding. 16 March 1946.

John R. Stewart III, Lt Col, USAF (ret),
for his father QM2c John R. Stewart, Jr.
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Cropped version of the photo above, scanned from the scrap book of the father of Jeff Lawrence, plank owner of USS Point Cruz (CVE-119).

Jeff Lawrence
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Dockside, Yokosuka, Japan, early 1950s. Photo by Charles R. Tabor.

Derick S. Hartshorn
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94k Tied up in Sasebo harbor, Japan, 1953. Photographed from USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39). A. William Beam, AO3, VC-33 Squadron, USS Lake Champlain
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A "Polka-dots" Vought F4U-4 Corsair fighter assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Attack Squadron Three Three Two (VMA-332) aboard the escort carrier USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) in 1953, during a deployment to Korea. Photo from U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News, March 1954.

Robert Hurst
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USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) underway circa 1953, with Avengers of Anti-submarine Squadron (VS) 38 on her flight deck.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.035.046.

Mike Green
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USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) underway at sea east of Japan, 23 July 1953. She has anti-submarine aircraft on her flight deck: seven TBM-3S and TBM-3Ws and one HO4S helicopter.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106718).

Robert Hurst
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USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) at anchor at Hong Kong, 7 October 1953. F4U-4B Corsairs from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 332 "Polka-dots" are parked on the flight deck.

Tommy Trampp
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USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) underway circa 1954, location unknown. (USN photo.)

Robert Hurst
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USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) underway in a photo dated January 1955, with an HO4S-3S of Helicopter Squadron (HS) 4 and S2F-1 Trackers of Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 25 on board.

US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.035.048.

Mike Green
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USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) underway on 25 June 1955, with a Sikorsky HO4S-3S of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 4 and Grumman S2F-1 Trackers of Antisubmarine Squadron (VS) 25 spotted aft. (U.S. Navy Photo # USN 688159.)

U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation, photo # 1996.488.035.047. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst
USNS Point Cruz, 1965-1970
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The escort carrier Point Cruz (CVE-119) as an unarmed aircraft transport (T-AKV 19), September 1965.

Drawing (by A.D. Baker III) and text from U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman.

Robert Hurst
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Smohalla (YTM-371) alongside the aircraft transport USNS Point Cruz (T-AKV 19), Yokosuka, Japan, 11 June 1966.

© Richard Leonhardt
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Cropped image, as above.

© Richard Leonhardt
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The Crew
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Wardroom, Korea. Left to right: Chief Machinist Christiansen; Chief Machinist V. N. Miller; Captain C. C. Marcy (CO); Lieutenant Tooley (Doctor); Lieutenant Scott (Gunnery Officer); Commander T. L. Friede (XO); Lieutenant S. L. Nichols.

Lorna M. (Christiansen) Long, daughter of CWO3 Arthur C. Christiansen, Jr.
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Chief Machinist Arthur Charles "Chris" Christiansen, Jr., (far left) and his crew, during Korea. He served 30 years in the Navy (1931-1961) and retired as a CWO3.

Lorna M. (Christiansen) Long, daughter of CWO3 Arthur C. Christiansen, Jr.
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Ray Lawrence (born Ray Skrepich) and friends.

Jeff Lawrence, son of Ray Lawrence
Memorabilia
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Arrangements on official trial run, USS Point Cruz (CVE-119), Wednesday, 10 October 1945.

S. Dale Hargrave
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Invitation to the Commissioning Ceremony.

Jeff Lawrence, son of Ray Lawrence
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Plank Owner's Certificate for Ray Lawrence (born Ray Skrepich).

Jeff Lawrence, son of Ray Lawrence
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"Domain of the Golden Dragon, Ruler of the 180th Meridian" Certificate for Ray Lawrence (born Ray Skrepich).

Jeff Lawrence, son of Ray Lawrence

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

USS POINT CRUZ CVE-119 History
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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association
Korean Combat Action Reports located on the Naval Historical Center Web Site
USS Point Cruz CVE119 Association Web Site

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