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USS ROI   (CVE-103)


Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: China Service Medal (extended) / American Campaign Medal
2nd Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1 star) / World War II Victory Medal / Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Asia" clasp)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Alpha - Juliet

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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Alava Bay

CVE-103 was initially named Alava Bay, 23 September 1943, for a bay indenting the southeastern shore of Revillagigedo Island, northeast of Point Alava, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska; it is located near the southern entrance of the Behm Canal, near 55° 13' North latitude, 131° 07' West longitude (NS0310304).

Renamed Roi, 26 April 1944, in keeping with the policy of renaming CVEs to commemorate victorious battles of the then still ongoing war. Roi is a small island in Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands (NS0310304a) which was captured by a U.S. naval task force 1 February 1944.

NS0310304b: Roi and Namur Islands attacked by U.S. forces, 1 February 1944. Roi and Namur were two different islands (Roi to the west, closest to camera, and Namur to the east), connected by a narrow neck of land and causeway. After the American occupation, US Navy SeaBees filled the area between the islands by December 1944; the two now joined islands are presently called Roi-Namur with a total area of about one square mile.

(Maps NS0310304 and NS0310304a courtesy of Google Maps. Photo NS0310304b from the collection of the late RADM Theodore R. Frederick, via Edwin Kaukali.)

World War II
CVE-103 Roi

This widely-used photo of a Casablanca-class escort carrier illustrates USS Roi (CVE-103).

From an album belonging to Major Oscar F. Perdomo, U.S. Army Air Forces and U.S. Air Force, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and who was the last "ace in a day" for the United States in World War II.

John Spivey
CVE-103 Roi

USS Roi (CVE-103), location and date unknown.

Gerd Matthes, Germany
CVE-103 Roi

USS Roi (CVE-103) at anchor, circa 1945-1946. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph (#NH 83285).

Naval History & Heritage Command, via Robert Hurst

For more information about this ship, see:

Read the USS ROI (CVE-103) DANFS History entry

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