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Unit Details

Aircraft Carrier
Combat - Sea
1942 - Present



(later CVA-11 and CVS-11)

CLASS - ESSEX (Short Hull)
Displacement 27,100 Tons, Dimensions, 872' (oa) x 93' x 28' 7" (Max)
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 32 x 40mm, 46 x 20mm, 82 Aircraft.
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Hanger deck, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 150,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 3448.

Operational and Building Data
Built by Newport News. Laid down 1 Dec 1941, launched 26 Apr 1943, commissioned 16 August 1943. SCB 27C reconstruction at Newport News started 9 April 1952, completed and recommissioned 20 June 1954. Redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA 11) 1 October 1952 while in overhaul. SCB 125 angled deck modernization at New York Navy 9/1956 to 2 May 1957. Redesignated as an ASW carrier (CVS 11) 31 Mar 1962. FRAM II life extension 3/1965 to 10/1965. Operated as light attack carrier with CVS designation off Vietnam.

FATE: Decommissioned to reserve, 15 March 1974; was last CVS in service. Donated as a Museum and Memorial, and ownership transferred to Sea*Air*Space Museum, 27 April 1981. Stricken upon transfer of custody to Museum, 23 March 1982. Preserved at Sea*Air*Space Museum in New York City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ref. no. 86000082, and designated a National Historic Landmark, 14 January 1986.

"Intrepid" means "fearless, brave." CV-11 was named to commemorate the previous service of three US warships:

  1. ketch captured to the Tripolitans.
  2. steam torpedo ram.
  3. steel-hulled bark.

NS098641210: "Burning of the Frigate Philadelphia in the Harbor of Tripoli, February 16, 1804." Oil on canvas, 60" by 42", by Edward Moran (1829–1901), signed and dated by the artist, 1897. It depicts USF Philadelphia, previously captured by the Tripolitans, ablaze after she was boarded and set afire by a party from the ketch USS Intrepid (in the foreground) led by LT Stephen Decatur. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Gift of Paul E. Sutro, 1940. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 10849, via Tommy Trampp.

USS Intrepid (CV-11)

USS Intrepid (CVA-11)


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273 Members Who Served in This Unit


  • Coffland, David, PO3, (1954-1957)
  • Cook, James Maxwell, SCPO, (1943-1964)
  • Cook, John, PO3, (1961-1964)
  • Cook, Nick, HN, (1962-1966)
  • Cook, Nicki, PO3, (1962-1966)
  • Cooke, Stevan, CWO5
  • Coppess, Chuck, SN, (1959-1965)
  • Cox, Donald, PO2, (1955-1960)
  • Crutcher, Frank, PO2, (1956-1960)
  • Crutcher, Frank, PO2, (1956-1960)
  • Dagenhart, Ronnie, PO2, (1965-1976)
  • Daily, James, PO3, (1958-1962)
  • Daniels, Don, PO3, (1955-1957)
  • Daniels, William, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • De vinney, Lloyd, MCPO, (1959-2000)
  • Detoy, Norm, CPO, (1955-1979)
  • Dickenshied, Richard, PO3, (1957-1961)
  • DiLeo, Marino, PO2, (1954-1962)
  • Dittrich, Phil, CPO, (1956-1974)
  • Dixon, Donald, PO2, (1959-1963)
  • Drinnin, Ronald, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Durnell, Lanny, FN, (1956-1960)
  • Ehley, Earl, PO3, (1961-1965)
  • Erven, Wayne, CWO3, (1957-1977)
  • Ezzell, Richard, LCDR, (1966-1994)
  • Ezzell, Richard, LCDR, (1966-1994)
  • Farrell, Joe, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Felten, Charles, PO3, (1959-1966)
  • Fenton, Charles, PO3, (1964-1967)
  • Finn, RJ, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Fort, Rommie, LT, (1947-1972)
  • Foster, James, S1c, (1957-1961)
  • Galaszewski, Gerald, PO3, (1958-1962)
  • Garde, Cletus, PO3, (1956-1958)
  • Garvin, Kenneth, CWO2, (1955-1976)
  • Gerlach, Thomas E, PO2, (1958-1962)
  • Gerlaugh, Edward, PO1, (1951-1956)
  • Gierich, Kenneth, PO3, (1961-1969)
  • Goebel, Joseph, PO3, (1957-1963)
  • Gotthold, David, PO2, (1970-1974)
  • Granger, Robert, PO2, (1951-1955)
  • Grymes, Ernest, PO2, (1959-1963)
  • Guzman, Adolfo, AN, (1965-1967)
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Battle/Operations History Detail
The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September–November 1944 on the island of Peleliu, present-day Palau. U.S. Marines of the First Marine Division and later soldiers of the U.S. Army's 81st Infantry Division, fought to capture an airstrip on the small coral island. This battle was part of a larger offensive campaign known as Operation Forager which ran from June–November 1944 in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Major General William Rupertus, USMC—commander of 1st Marine Division—predicted the island would be secured within four days. However, due to Japan's well-crafted fortifications and stiff resistance, the battle lasted over two months. In the United States, it was a controversial battle because of the island's questionable strategic value and the high casualty rate, which exceeded all other amphibious operations during the Pacific War. The National Museum of the Marine Corps called it "the bitterest battle of the war for the Marines".
Western Caroline Islands Operation
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