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Duty Station Details

Strength
Aircraft Carrier
 
Type
Surface Vessels
 
Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned
Year
1944 - 1946

Description
Hull number CV-20
  • Essex class (short-hull) Fleet Carrier:
  • Displacement: 27,100 tons
  • Length: 872'
  • Extreme width: 147' 6"
  • Beam: 93'
  • Draft: 28'7"
  • Speed: 33 kts.
  • Armament: 12 - 5"/38, 103 planes
  • Complement: 3448
  • Built at New York Navy Yard and Launched 26 February 1944
  • Commissioned 6 August 1944 as CV-20
  • Out of commission in reserve at Norfolk 8 November 1946.
  • Recommissioned 13 November 1952 as CVA-20
  • One of her catapults exploded 26 May 1954
  • New York Naval Shipyard
    repairs & complete rebuild 12 June 1954 - 19 March 1955
  • Departed Mayport Fla., 8 September 1955 for the Pacific
  • Redesignated as CVS-20 an ASW carrier 30 June 1959
  • Decommissioned 15 January 1970
  • Stricken 20 September 1989
  • Sold for scrap 12 January 1994



52 Members Who Served in This Duty Station


 

  • Anderson, William, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Bare, Gary, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Chester L., Maxwell, S1c, (1944-1946)
  • Coffey, Leonard, S2c, (1943-1946)
  • Crooks, Dennis, MCPO, (1939-1967)
  • Cunningham, Mike, PO2, (1960-1968)
  • Deschenes, Roland Clarence, S1c, (1944-1946)
  • Fleck, Donovan, PO2, (1965-1974)
  • Fox, James, PO1, (1943-1946)
  • Gallup, John, PO2, (1959-1965)
  • Geringer, Richard, MCPO, (1956-1985)
  • Handzel, Stanley, S1c, (1945-1946)
  • HASSETT, EDWARD, PO2, (1952-1956)
  • Hendon, Clarence, SCPO, (1950-1972)
  • JEFFRIES, ROBERT, PO2, (1965-1971)
  • Jobson, John, PO2, (1944-1952)
  • Locke, William, CDR, (1948-1982)
  • Martin, Howard, PO1, (1941-1947)
  • Martinez, Robert, PO3, (1958-1962)
  • Morris, Michael, PO2, (1966-1970)
  • MUIRHEAD, ROSS, S1c, (1945-1946)
  • Parker, Jim, PO1, (1948-1954)
  • Patton, Thomas, S1c, (1966-1973)
  • Pettinger, Walter, PO3, (1944-1946)
  • Schroer, Franklin, MCPO, (1941-1961)
  • Setters, Walt, SCPO, (1964-1993)
  • Tackett, Curtis, PO1, (1963-1985)
  • Turner, Paul, PO2, (1962-1966)
  • Utnage, William, PO1, (1962-1975)
  • Van Valkenburg, Duane, PO3, (1952-1956)
  • Wheeler, Donald, PO3, (1960-1965)
  • Wikkerink, Bob, PO2, (1956-1962)
 

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CV- 20 History (Apr 30, 2010) 
The Bennington ( CV-20) was Laid down 15 December 1942 and Launched 26 February 1944 by New York NavyYard; sponsored by Mrs. Melvin J. Maus, wife of Congressman Maus of Minnesota;and commissioned 6 August 1944, Captain J. B. Sykes in command.

On 15 December 1944, Bennington got underway from New York and transited the Panama Canal on the 21st. The carrier arrived at Pearl Harbor 8 January 1945 and then proceeded to Ulithi Atoll, Carohne Islands, `There she joined TG 58.1, 8 February. Operating out of Ulithi she took part in the strikes against the Japanese home islands (1~17 and 25 February), Volcano Islands (18 February - 4 March), Okinawa (1 March), and the raids in support of the Okinawa campaign (18 March-11 June). On 7 April Bennington's planes participated in the attacks on the Japanese task force moving through the East China Sea toward Okinawa which resulted in the sinking of the Japanese battleshipYamato, light cruiser YAHAGI, and four destroyers. On 5 June the carrier was damaged by a typhoon off Okinawa and retired to Leyte for repairs arriving 12 June. Her repairs completed, Bennington left Leyte 1 July and during 10 July-16 August took part in the final raids on the Japanese home islands.

 
Duty Station Timeline
Combat Action Ribbon
Criteria
The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when operating under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain (or colonel in th ... More
1945
China Service Medal
Criteria
The China Service Medal was awarded to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel who: Served ashore in China or who were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of the operations in ... More
1945
American Campaign Medal
Criteria
The American Campaign Medal was awarded for For thirty days service outside the Continental United States but within the American Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946; or, ... More
1945
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Description
(2) Okinawa Gunto Operation * For the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto * For period 24 March - 30 June 1945
1945
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Description
(3) Operations against Japan * For 3rd Fleet operations for period 10 July - 15 August 1945
1945
World War II Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
1945
Navy Occupation Service
Criteria
Occupation duty in the European-African-Middle Eastern area may be credited to organizations for duty performed on and subsequent to May 8, 1945. Terminal dates for eligibility periods and occupation ... More
1945
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi ... More
Description
(1) Iwo Jima Operation * For the assault and operation of Iwo Jima * For period 15 February - 16 March 1945
1944
 
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