Uss Shamrock Bay Cve-84 Naval Cover 1946 Cachet Escort Aircraft Carrier
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Uss Shamrock Bay Cve-84 Naval Cover 1946 Cachet Escort Aircraft Carrier:
USS SHAMROCK BAY CVE-84 Naval Cover 1946 Cachet ESCORT AIRCRAFT CARRIER
It is canceled 18 Apr 1946.It was franked with stamp "Prexie".
Thiscover is in good, but not perfect condition. Please look at the scan and make your own judgement.
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USSShamrock Bay(CVE-84)was aCasablanca-classescort carrierof theUnited States Navy. She was laid down with the hull codeACV-84on 15 March 1943 by the Kaiser Co.,Vancouver, Washington, under aMaritime Commissioncontract (MC hull 1121); re-designatedCVE-84on 10 June 1943; launched on 4 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. James R. Dudley; and commissioned on 15 March 1944,CaptainFrank T. Ward, Jr., in command.Service history[edit source|editbeta]
Following shakedown,Shamrock Bayremained on the west coast into June qualifying pilots in carrier landings. Then transferred to transport duty in theAtlantic, she carried Army fighter planes and Army and Navy personnel toCasablancaand brought back damagedP-40sfor use in training and for salvage and aircraft engines for overhaul and salvage. Passengers on the return voyages were, for the most part, Army Air Corps personnel from the China-Burma-India theater.
On 27 October,Shamrock Baycompleted her second transport run at Norfolk and prepared for antisubmarine operations in the South Atlantic. However, the loss of escort carriers in the Philippine area brought a change of orders; and, on 11 November, with Composite Squadron 42 (VC-42) embarked, she sailed for the Pacific.
Transiting thePanama Canalon 18 November, she arrived atSan Diegoon the 27th; embarked VC-93 for transportation to Hawaii on 2 December; and reachedPearl Harboron the 9th. There, VC-42 and −93 were disembarked and VC-94 reported for duty. On the 11th,Shamrock Baycontinued west, and, delivering planes to Johnston Island en route, arrived atSeeadler Harbor, onManusin theAdmiralty Islands, on the 22nd to join the7th Fleet.
With an increase in aircraft from her normal ASW complement of 9TBM Avengersand 12FM-2 Wildcatsto 12 Avengers and 20 Wildcats,Shamrock Baycovered Task Groups 79.1 and 79.2 from 31 December 1944 through 8 January 1945, as those groups departed the Admiralties and moved into thePhilippinesfor theLingayen Gulfinvasion ofLuzon. Enemy aerial resistance increased as the force closed its objective. On the 8th, dogfights peppered the sky.Kadashan Baywas hit by akamikazeand was unable to accommodate all of her planes. Two were landed onShamrock Bay. Shortly afterwards, anotherkamikaze, aNakajima Ki-43"Oscar", headed forShamrock Bay, but was driven off only to crash intoKitkun Bay.Shamrock Baythen landed that CVE's planes, as escort ships went to the aid of the stricken carrier.
From 9 to 17 January,Shamrock Bayremained in the assault area conducting flight operations in support of the invasion. Five hundred and seventy-one sorties were flown, 180 of which were over Luzon. On the 17th, she joined TG77.14 and sailed forUlithi.
At Ulithi, the escort carrier joined TU 50.8.25; and, on 16 February, departed that atoll to act as carrier escort of group Baker of the Logistics Support Group for theIwo Jimalandings. She continued that support into March. On the 5th, she returned to Ulithi to prepare forOperation Iceberg, the assault onOkinawa; and, on the 13th, she got underway for theRyukyus, again supplying cover for the Logistics Support Group. Detached on 7 April, a week after the main landings on the Hagushi beaches, she joined TU 52.1.1 and commenced strikes over Okinawa.
On 15 April 1945, four of the Shamrock Bay'sFM-2 Wildcatfighters were scrambled to help save theUSS Laffey (DD-724). The Laffey was under attack from kamikazes in Picket Station 1, 50 miles north ofOkinawa. The four fighters shot down six enemy kamikazes but were forced to return to the Shamrock Bay due to being low on fuel and ammunition. The Laffey is later saved by a flight of 12 MarineVought F4U Corsairfighter-bombers.
With only a few, brief interruptions to take on supplies and ammunition atKerama Retto,Shamrock Bayremained at sea conducting flight operations in support of the Okinawa campaign until 11 May. She then sailed forGuamto take on aircraft and aviation spares as well as ammunition and supplies. On the 20th, Captain J.E. Leeper relieved Captain Ward, and VC-96 replaced VC-94. On the 28th, the ship departedApra Harborto return to the Ryukyus; and, at the end of the month, she resumed her support activities as a unit of TU 32.1.1. In early June, flight operations were interrupted as the force rode out a typhoon, then continued until the ships headed for the Philippines after mid-month.
Shamrock Bay, having launched over 1,200 sorties in support of the Okinawa campaign, arrived inSan Pedro Bayon 27 June. In early July, she transferred her planes to Guiuan airfield. On the 5th, she sailed for Guam to take on aircraft engines to be returned to the United States for overhaul; and, on the 27th, she arrived at San Diego. VC-96 then disembarked, andShamrock Baycommenced an availability period which ended just before the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific.
After the end of the war,Shamrock Baymade a transport run to Guam, carrying Army and Navy planes out and vehicles back. Then assigned to "Magic Carpet" duty, she offloaded her aviation stores and detached her aviation personnel atAlameda; and, on 20 October, headed for Pearl Harbor to embark her first contingent of returning veterans, members of the4th Marine Division. She completed that run at San Diego on 2 November 1945, then made two transpacific runs, one to Okinawa and one to Honshū. She completed the second run atSeattleon 26 January 1946. On 2 February, she sailed for Alameda; and, on the 7th, she got underway to return to the east coast for inactivation.
Shamrock Bayarrived at Boston on 1 March; underwent overhaul; and was decommissioned on 6 July 1946. ReclassifiedCVU-84on 12 June 1955, she remained in the Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy List on 27 June 1958. In May 1958, she was sold for scrapping to the Hyman-Michaels Co., of Chicago.Awards[edit source|editbeta]
Shamrock Bayearned threebattle starsduring World War II.