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USS STEAMER BAY   (CVE-87)
(later CVHE-87)



Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Yankee - Kilo

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

   

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6 stars)
2nd Row: World War II Victory Medal / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation Medal

CLASS - CASABLANCA
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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CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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CVE-87 (later CVHE-87) was named Steamer Bay for a bay on the west coast of Etolin Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0308713). The bay was named Bukhta Parakhodnaya on Russian Hydrographic Dept. Chart 1493, published in 1853; the name Steamer Bay is an 1882 translation by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS).

(Map courtesy of Google Maps.)

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1944–1947
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) with two Avenger torpedo bombers, and two Wildcat fighters on deck. Date and location unknown. U.S. Navy photo.

Robert Hurst
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 22 April 1944, off San Diego, Calif. Camouflage Measure 14. USN photo.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
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A nice photo of USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), taken from a ZP-31 airship on 14 May 1944, near the California coast, transporting lots of F4U Corsairs.

David Buell
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 17 July 1944, probably off California. Camouflage Measure 32, Design 12A. USN photo.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) docked on the West Side of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, 1944–1945.

© J.R. Daniels, US Navy Seabee, via LT(JG) Jim Converse, USNR (former)
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308703
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Date and place unknown.

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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A couple F6F-5's prepare to take off from USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), date and place unknown. Both Hellcats had been ferried by the escort carrier and squadron or carrier markings had not yet been applied. The lead plane is an F6F-5N night fighter, and has an APS-6 radar installed in a starboard wing-mounted radome.

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
CVE-87 Steamer
NS0308719
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Composite Squadron (VC) 90 FM-2 Wildcats ready to launch.

John Newlin, son of LT(JG) John "Jack" Newlin,
USS Steamer Bay
CVE-87 Steamer
NS0308717
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"You can't always win. Jan. 4, 1945. The sinking of the Ommaney Bay by suicide planes in the Sulu Sea. She had changed places with us only a short time before!!"

John Newlin, son of LT(JG) John "Jack" Newlin
Larger copy and caption submitted by Charles S. Garufi for his friend,
John W. Briganti, AMR2/c, USNR
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308701
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Action on January 5, 1945 shows the Steamer Bay under attack with a kamikaze shown flying past her stern. At the time, she was camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 12A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.)

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Japanese plane making suicide attack on Task Force 77.4.2. Destroyer is probably USS Helm (DD-388), which was also hit by a kamikaze on this day. Photograph by USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), released 5 January 1945.

Official U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # 80-G-273114.

NARA
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). This photo is dated 23 February 1945, during the Iwo Jima operation.

Tommy Trampp
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308705
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An FM-2 Wildcat of VC-93 snags the arresting gear, July 9, 1945. Note three launch stubs for 5" High Velocity Air Rockets (HVARs) under each wing — these were fitted to late-production FM-2's.

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308706
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At Bellingham, Washington, in early 1946, for preparation for "mothballing".

Steve Miller, ETM 2/c
Photo Collection of John W. Briganti

John W. Briganti, AMR2/c, USNR.
(3 December 1924–26 May 2015)
Photos submitted by his friend Charles S. Garufi.
(Larger copies of some of these photos available on demand.)



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ARM AR-14 Sec. B, NATTC Memphis '43.
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Left to right: John W. Briganti, ARM2/c, USNR; LT(JG) Rollin A. Wilkens; Dee G. Hubbard, AMM2/c, USNR.
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Composite Squadron (VC) 90, with an FM‑2 Wildcat and a TBM-3 Avenger. Pearl Harbor in the background.
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"The Steamer Bay with us aboard!"
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"Cooling off while at anchor"
Measure 32, Design 12A camouflage.
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"Flight deck jammed with replacements."
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"A big gun." One of the British King George V-class battleships operating with the British Pacific Fleet.
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HMS Formidable, one of the British fleet carriers operating with the British Pacific Fleet.
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"Refueling a DE. The bridge."
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Refueling a DE.
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Twin 40mm/56 Bofors mounts.
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"Cut." An FM-2 Wildcat recovers aboard.
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FM-2 Wildcat. "He's 'Down & Hooked'"
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FM-2 Wildcat. "He must be 'unhooked'"
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"Poor Epese" "Epese does a loop on his last hop! Everyone was so sad. It spoiled his record!"
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"Meeting for the invasion. The Attacking Force in the harbor."
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"Leaving the harbor for the attack!"
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"We strike back. The 'Warm up.' 'Rev Up & Go"
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"Taxi forward"
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"Here they come. The 'Approach'"
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"Cut"
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"He's 'down & hooked"
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"He must be 'unhooked'"
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"Poor Epese. Epese does a loop on his last hop! Everyone was so sad. It spoiled his record!"
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"The hard way. It doesn't look good!"
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"Ooh my head'! The bridge didn't move"
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"Through the barrier! 7/9/45"
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"What a mess! Whose side is he on?"
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"Whee - Look at me!"
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"Ah . . Back down!"
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The Crew
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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LT(JG) John "Jack" Newlin was one of two Radar Officers aboard USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). He was a lawyer. The other Radar Officer was Ben Alexander, the actor later famed as Frank Smith, partner to Jack Webb's Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet.

John Newlin, son of LT(JG) John "Jack" Newlin
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Left to right: LT(JG) Newlin, ENS Foote, ENS McDermott, and LT(JG) Harter. Photo is dated 9 August 1944.

John Newlin, son of LT(JG) John "Jack" Newlin
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Crew of USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). LT(JG) Jack Newlin is second from left, with binoculars, in the first row.

John Newlin, son of LT(JG) John "Jack" Newlin
Ex-USS Steamer Bay
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308715
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The salmon trawler Rujac underway off Tacoma, Washington, 18 June 1947, with decommissioned Navy escort carriers moored in the background: Stern of ex-USS Hollandia (CVE-97), along with ex-USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87) moored outboard of ex-USS Lunga Point (CVE-94), all three ships part of the Tacoma Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet.

Source: Tacoma Public Library, Richards Studio, Photo No. D28441-4.

Mike Green
Memorabilia
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
NS0308711
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USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87), 50th Anniversary, 1944–1994, Philippine [Presidential] Unit Citation.

Tommy Trampp
CVE-87 Steamer Bay
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Life ring, mini souvenir (approx. 5.5" across), USS Steamer Bay (CVE-87). Dated 13 May 1944, the day before she departed the CONUS for the first time, headed for the New Hebrides.

Tommy Trampp

For more photos and information about this ship, see:

Read the USS STEAMER BAY (CVE-87 / CVHE-87) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Charles H Selby
Address:12 Allard St Warwick, RI, 02889-2614
Phone: 401-737-7876
E-mail: selrahcybles@cs.com

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway World Aircraft Carrier Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Escort Carrier Sailors & Airmen Association

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