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USS MINDORO   (CVE-120)
(later AKV-20)

Ship's Patch
Contributed by Ron Reeves

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Charlie - Golf
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "WAYLAY"

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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Mindoro (CVE-120) Launching Program, Wednesday, 27 June 1945.

S. Dale Hargrave
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Mrs. Roscoe L. Bowman christened CVE-120 Mindoro on Wednesday, 27 June 1945.

S. Dale Hargrave
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USS Mindoro (CVE-120) Commissioning Program, Tuesday, 4 December 1945.

S. Dale Hargrave
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US Navy photo of USS Mindoro at anchor, date and location unknown.

David Buell
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Broad on port beam view of USS Mindoro (CVE-120) underway at 15 knots in Puget Sound, Wash., 18 December 1945. BuAer photo # 8625-12-45, taken from an altitude of 300 feet.

David Buell
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After shakedown along the west coast, USS Mindoro (CVE-120) sailed for the east coast late in January 1946 and arrived Norfolk, Va., 15 February. This is a series of photos taken from Mindoro as she was crossing the Panama Canal.

From the collection of Pearl Harbor survivor Dale Magnus,
via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
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Dale is not sure where the ship was when he shot this photo, circa spring 1946. The reason he took it is that he was trying to show how the mast was damaged or repaired. He was an RM1c when, according to his memory, USS Mindoro (CVE-120) sailed beneath a bridge somewhere on the west coast that was a little too low for the ship to pass under. Dale thought it was the Golden Gate bridge, but his memory is hazy on that part of the story. The main thing he remembers is the havoc it wreaked in the radio room.

Correction from Dr. James L. West, Princeton, NJ: "USS Mindoro sailed under and struck the Brooklyn bridge on Feb. 22, 1946. The accident caused extensive damage to the radar mast, and broke water mains and electrical lines on the bridge. The ship was headed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard at the time. My dad, CDR James A. West Jr., Air Officer aboard the Mindoro at the time, often recounted this incident."

From the collection of Pearl Harbor survivor Dale Magnus,
via Carol Edgemon Hipperson, author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
CVE-120 Mindoro
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Operations in 1949, as seen from USS Noa (DD-841).

Ray Pass
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With a K-class blimp from ZP-1 Squadron on deck, sometime in the first half of the 1950s.

Bob Palmersheim ETCS USNR Ret
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91k Underway, circa 1950 (postcard). Richard Leonhardt
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89k USS Mindoro (CVE-120) underway, 28 April 1950, as blimp K-69 leaves her. K-69 was a non-rigid patrol airship used in ASW operations (USN photo). Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Tommy Trampp
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September 18, 1950—U.S. PLANES ARRIVE FOR ITALY—Forty U.S. warplanes for Italy under the Atlantic pact arrive in Italian port of Brindisi, Sept. 16, aboard the U.S. carrier Mindoro. In ceremony on deck of the carrier, U.S. Ambassador to Italy James C. Dunn turned the craft over to Italian Defense Minister Randolfo Pacciradi. (AP Wirephoto)(jd21730stf-rome.)

Gerhard Mueller-Debus
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USS Mindoro (CVE-120) underway circa 1953, location unknown.

Robert Hurst
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USS Mindoro (CVE-120) underway with Marine Corps HRS transport helicopters on deck, October 1953, location unknown. Note flight-deck markings employed by US carriers at this time (USN photo).

Robert Hurst
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A series of photos of anti-submarine aircraft operating from USS Mindoro (CVE-120) in the second half of 1953.

S2F-1 Tracker taking off.

Carl Musselman
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S2F-1 Tracker landing.

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S2F-1 Tracker.

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AF-2S Guardian, VS-30 squadron, taking off.

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AF-2S's Guardians, VS-30 squadron, landing.

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AF-2W Guardian, VS-30 squadron, taking off. Note the ventral radome, housing an APS-20 radar.

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Navy blimp (K-ship) dropping down for refueling, 1954.

Tom Smith
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Navy blimp ZL-5 approaches USS Mindoro (CVE-120) for refueling via gasoline bladder, 1954.

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Navy blimp ZL-5 being refueled by gasoline bladder from USS Mindoro (CVE-120), 1954.

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Undated picture of USS Mindoro (CVE-120). On the flight deck are AF-2S/AF-2W Guardian aircraft. Note also what appears to be a Piasecki (Vertol) HUP-2 Retriever on her forward lift. Photo from Skyfotos, from "Jane's Fighting Ships," 1956–1957 edition.

Robert Hurst
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"Training Cruise." USS Mindoro (CVE-120) operated with Reserve ASW blimp units during the 1950s off the East coast. This painting by Wayne Scarpaci (size 18"x24") depicts such an ASW HUK (Hunter-Killer) group conducting flight ops.

©Wayne Scarpaci
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"Night Patrol,", Cold War memories of CAPT Charles Wright, USN (Ret.)

USS Mindoro (CVE-120) and Squadron VS-22 Mediterranean Cruise, July–November 1950.

©CAPT Charles Wright, USN (Ret.)
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The Wings of Darkest Night: Death in the Atlantic, Cold War memories of CAPT Charles Wright, USN (Ret.)

©CAPT Charles Wright, USN (Ret.)
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Short Stories About Naval Aviation, Cold War memories of CAPT Charles Wright, USN (Ret.)

©CAPT Charles Wright, USN (Ret.)
"Mothballed"
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80k In reserve, South Boston Naval Annex. May 1958. ©Richard Leonhardt
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82k In reserve, South Boston Naval Annex. June 18, 1960. ©Richard Leonhardt

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Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages by Andrew Toppan.
Official U.S. Navy Carrier Website
The Crew's Log, USS Mindoro, CVE-120, by Howard Gregg
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