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(later CVU-98 and AKV-34)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Zulu - Romeo
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 (2 stars)
2nd Row: World War II Victory Medal / Philippine Presidential Unit Citation / Philippine Liberation 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.

Operational and Building Data

Built by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash. Initially named Bucareli Bay. Keel laid 19 Feb 1944, launched 4 May 1944; commissioned 7 Jun 1944.

Decommissioned 16 Aug 1946. While in reserve, she was reclassified as an "Utility Aircraft Carrier" (CVU-98), 12 Jun 1955; again reclassified as a "Cargo Ship and Aircraft Ferry" (AKV-34), 7 May 1959. Stricken from the Navy list 1 Apr 1960 and sold for scrap.

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Bucareli Bay

CVE-98 was initially named Bucareli Bay for a water passage between Baker and Suemez Islands, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0306115a). The name has had several variants: Buccarelli Bay, Buccarelli Gulf, Bukarel Bay, Gavan Bukareli, Port Bukarelli, Puerto del Baylio Bucareli, Puerto y Entrada de Bucareli. The latter (meaning "Port and Entrance of Bucareli") was the original name given on 24 August 1775 by Lieutenant Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, of the Spanish schooner Sonora (officially, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), in honor of Don Antonio María Bucareli y Ursúa, Viceroy of Nueva España (Mexico).

Renamed Kwajalein after the battle fought on Kwajalein Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, 31 January–3 February 1944.

(Maps: Google Maps. Maps of the battle from The U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II: Eastern Mandates.)

CVE-98 Kwajalein
World War II
CVE-98 Kwajalein

USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) underway with six OS2U Kingfisher floatplanes parked on her flight deck. This image is dated 11 June 1944.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.034.004. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst
CVE-98 Kwajalein

This 19 July 1944 photo shows USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) heading towards the Pacific war zone, her flight deck jammed with fifty-nine F4U Corsairs and F6F Hellcats. All carriers were used as airplane ferries when first joining the fleet or rejoining the fleet after refits. All available flight and hangar deck space was utilized.

National Naval Aviation Museum photo # 1996.488.034.003. Robert L. Lawson Photograph Collection.

Robert Hurst
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
CVE-98 Kwajalein

USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) in a typhoon, circa December 1944. Note SB2C Helldiver tied down in center.

Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), photo No. NH 51018.

Mike Green
CVE-98 Kwajalein
65k Date and place unknown. Note "dazzle" camouflage, Measure 33 Design 18A (thanks to Aryeh Wetherhorn.) Janie Darlene (Rinaldi) Phillips
CVE-98 Kwajalein

USS Kwajalein (CVE-98) in San Francisco Bay, date unknown (possibly late 1945–early 1946).

Stephen Lansing

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS KWAJALEIN (CVE-98 / CVU-98 / AKV-34) DANFS History entry

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Monte Allen
Address:4116 NE Pembroke Ln Lees Summit, MO, 64064-1622
Phone: 816-478-8107
E-mail: None

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

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