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(later CVHE-69)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Whiskey - India

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
2nd Row: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1 star) / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal / World War II Victory Medal

Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

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Kasaan Bay

CVE-69 was named Kasaan Bay for a bay that extends NW 22 miles, off Clarence Strait, on the East coast of Prince of Wales Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska.

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

World War II
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay

Mrs. Robert W. Morse, wife of Captain Morse, U.S. Navy, christened Kasaan Bay on Sunday, 24 October 1943. Kasaan Bay was the 15th escort carrier to be launched at Vancouver.

(From Bo's'n's Whistle, Vol. 3, No. 21; 11 November 1943; page 7.)

Courtesy of Ron Gough,
Bea Dee, Ltd.,
Kaiser Vancouver / Swan Island & Oregon Shipyards website
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay
108k USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) in an undated World War II photo.

Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977.

Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), photo # NH 85603.

Mike Green
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay
312k USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69), camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 4A, date and location unknown. Tim Smith
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay
743k Again, USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) underway. Camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 4A, date and location unknown. Tim Smith
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay
137k A U.S. Navy Grumman FM-1 Wildcat of Composite Squadron (VC) 12 launches from the deck of the escort carrier USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69), 6 February 1944. Note the red borders of the national insignia.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo, No. 1996.253.7387.017.

Robert Hurst
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay

USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) is seen from USS Mission Bay (CVE-59), with USS Tulagi (CVE-72) following, 31 May 1944. The carriers had sailed from New York and were ferrying aircraft to North Africa. All three carriers were wearing MS 32 Design 4A camouflage scheme. The aircraft in the foreground are P-47s.

United States National Archives and Records Administration, Photo # 80-G-364375.

Courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,,
via Mike Green
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay

USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) underway off the Atlantic Coast, 18 June 1944, in camouflage Measure 32, Design 4A. Photo taken by squadron ZP-12.

United States National Archives and Records Administration, Photo # 80-G-289878.

Courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,, via Mike Green
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USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) again off the Atlantic Coast in camouflage 32/4A, this time on 27 June 1944. Photo taken by squadron ZP-24.

United States National Archives and Records Administration, Photo # 80-G-453327.

Courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,,
via Mike Green
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53k USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) as seen from RADM Durgin's flagship USS Tulagi (CVE-72), steaming for the Riviera, August 1944. Robert Hurst
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USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) off Gould Island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, 16 September 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command (# NH 106572).

Robert Hurst
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay

"Seasons Greetings, USS Kasaan Bay." Date of postcard is 29 November 1944.

Seaman 1st Class Charles G. Powledge served aboard Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) from 19 June 1944 to 14 November 1945—1 year, 4 months and 26 days.

Dennis Morris, for his uncle Charles G. Powledge
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USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) in 1945, wearing camouflage Measure 32, Design 4A.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay

Portion of a historic photo of Pearl Harbor dated ca. 1945, showing the additional piers & quays, S13–S19. View facing north. Port Hueneme NAVFAC archives, Kidder-Smith collection, photo N-195-9. USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) in the foreground.

U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Additional Piers amd Quay Walls, S13 to S19 (U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Sierra Wharfs S13 to S19) HAER No. HI-84. Page 28.

Via Ron Reeves
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay

Loaded with US Navy and Army personnel returning home for discharge, USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) heads for San Diego, California, after a short stop in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, Sunday, 22 September 1945.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # 80-G-495656.

Ex-USS Kasaan Bay
CVE-69 Kasaan Bay

In Hamburg, Germany, 1960, just before scrapping. Note the 40-mm anti-aircraft guns still under their "cocoons."

Gerd Matthes, Germany

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS KASAAN BAY (CVE-69 / CVHE-69) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Walter Jones
Address:135 Glenmar Dr Newnan, GA, 30263-5655
Phone: 770-253-4490
E-mail: None

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