SECOND MEDITERRANEAN SEA DEPLOYMENT

REPAIRS, ALTERATIONS & TRAINING

off the Virginia Capes

(Outbreak of hostilities in Korea & carriers participating with the Seventh Fleet)

(3 May 1949 to 8 September 1950)

CHAPTER V

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-2 (tail code M) embarked departed Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. 3 May 1949, with Captain Aurelius B. Vosseller, as Commanding Officer, on her second Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet) under the direction of the 8th Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea. Prior to her deployment conducted refresher training out of “Gitmo” (18 March to 25 April 1949). Before she broke the flag of RADM M. F. Schoeffel, ComCarDiv Two, on 30 April 1949, she was proceeded by operations off the Virginia Capes with CVGB-5 embarked (tail code C) when a P2V-3C Neptune, piloted by Captain John T. Hayward of VC 5, was launched from the carrier with a 10,000-load of dummy bombs, flying across the continent, dropping its load on the West Coast. Flying non-stop, the aircraft returned to land at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland on 7 March 1949, completing a five-month scheduled period of repairs and alterations, including modernization of the bridge and island at Norfolk Naval Ship Yard, Va. (7 October 1948 to 9 February 1949), proceeded by local operations that included refresher training out of Guantanamo Bay. She returned to Norfolk, Va. on 21 September 1948, departing Norfolk Naval Shipyard upon completion of repairs and upon return from her second deployment during which time the new CO, Captain Vosseller, Aurelius B., arrived onboard at Norfolk, Va. on 11 August 1948 (a 3-in./50 cal. AA battery was installed during one of the repair and or alteration and Modernization periods). She will undergo her third Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission on 1 October 1947” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 2-USS Coral Sea “Welcome Aboard” brochure, 34, 35 and 72).

 

USS CORAL SEA (CVB-43) with CVG-2 (M)

(3 May to 26 September 1949)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) US

LANTCOM  & 6th

Lant

2nd  Med

Lant

CVG-2

M

3 May 1949

26 Sep 1949

Europe

3rd FWFD

147-days

 

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-21 (*1)

Mach Busters -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

M100

F4U-5

VF-22 (*2)

Cavaliers -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

M200

F4U-4

VF-23

Flashers or Vigilantes -             Combat Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

M300

F4U-4

VA-24 (*3)

Bomb-a-Toms -

Attack Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter

M400

F4U-4

VA-25 (*4)

Fist Of The Fleet or Tigers - Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

M500

AD-1

VC-4

Night Cappers - Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Electronic countermeasures

?

AD-1Q

VC-12

Fighting Omars -

Composite Squadron

Eastern (GM) -

Avenger “Blue Lady” - Torpedo Bomber - Pilot, Bombadier, Rear Gunner - W Special search

M0

TBM-3 /

TBM-3W

VC-20

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter  & Douglas Skyraider -

M00

F4U-5 / AD-1Q

VC-62

Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair - Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

TL0

F4U-5P

HU-2

Fleet Angels/Service - Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly

UR00

HO3S-1

(*1) Redesignated VA-43 on 1 July 1959

(*2) Deestablished on 6 June 1958

(*3) Redesignated VF-24 on 1 December 1949

(*4) Redesignated VA-65 on 1 July 1959

Ref. 34, 35, 39, 41 and 76

 

   USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) reached Gibraltar on 14 May 1949” (Ref. 43).

 

     “Visits to Augusta and Palmero, Sicily, were followed by fleet exercises east of Malta and calls to the Italian ports of Naples, Leghorn, Rapatto, Italy, from 1 to 27 June 1949” (Ref. 34 & 1275U1).

 

    “On 27 June 1949, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) became the flagship of RADM William L. Rees, Jr., ComCarDiv Two and over the ensuing weeks conducted CarQuals off Atlantic City, N.J. (Ref. 34).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-2 embarked made a long port call at Cannes, France during July 4th” (Ref. 34).

 

     “Captain Robert Goldthwaite assumed command of USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), on 11 July 1949, relieving Captain Aurelius B. Vosseller, 2nd Commanding Officer, serving from 11 August 1948 to 11 July 1949” (Ref. 35A).

 

    “USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-2 embarked made a port call at Istanbul, Turkey on 1 August 1949” (Ref. 34).

 

    “Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVA-41) on 8 August 1949, relieving Captain Marcel Emil Adan Gouin, USNA ‘24, 7th Commanding Officer, serving from September 7, 1948 - August 8, 1949” (Ref. 1178-G). 

 

    “Captain Wallace M. Beakley, U.S.N. relieved Captain M. E. A. Gouin, U.S.N., as Commanding Officer of USS Midway (CVB-42) at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 August 1949” (Ref. 1175C).

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-41) Rear Admiral John Jennings Ballentine, U.S.N., Commander Carrier Division One and Commander, Carrier Air Group Eight (CVBG-8) embarked operated out of Norfolk Va., with Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, as Commanding Officer, commenced local operations in the Western Atlantic in mid 1949, operating with the  U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the Second Task Fleet and ComAirLant” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1175C, 1178-G & 1082).

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) with CVG-8 (E)

(mid to the end of the summer 1949)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet & ComAirLant

WestLant

CVG-8

(*1)

E

mid 1949

Summer end of 1949

Training

 

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-81 (*2)

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Bearcat REG: N-700A - Interceptor - Night Fighter

E100

F8F-2

VF-82 (*3)

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Bearcat REG: N-700A - Interceptor - Night Fighter

E200

F8F-2

VA-84 (*4)

Attack Squadron

Martin - Mauler

E400

AM-1

VA-85 (*5)

Attack Squadron

Martin - Mauler

E500

AM-1

 (*1) CVG-8 disestablished on Nov.29, 1949

(*2) disestablished on Jan.17, 1950

(*3) disestablished on Nov.29, 1949

(*4) disestablished on Nov.29, 1949

(*5) disestablished on Nov.29, 1949

 

    USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-2 embarked made a port call at Souda Bay, Crete on 15 August 1949” (Ref. 34).

 

   USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-2 embarked made a port calls at Naples; Cannes and Gibraltar; and Newport, R.I. before the end of August 1949” (Ref. 34).

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-41) with Rear Admiral John Jennings Ballentine, U.S.N., Commander Carrier Division One and Commander, Carrier Air Group Eight (CVBG-8) embarked returned to Norfolk Va., with Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, as Commanding Officer, conducting local operations in the Western Atlantic from mid to the end of the summer 1949, operating with the  U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the Second Task Fleet and ComAirLant. Ports of call not reported. CVG-8 disestablished on Nov.29, 1949. Squadrons:  VF-81 (*2), F8F-2; VF-82 (*3), F8F-2; VA-84 (*4), AM-1 and VA-85 (*5), AM-1. (*2) disestablished on Jan.17, 1950; (*3) disestablished on Nov.29, 1949; (*4) disestablished on Nov.29, 1949 and (*5) disestablished on Nov.29, 1949” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1175C, 1178-G & 1082).

 

    “On 26 September 1949, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) with CVG-2 embarked (tail code M) arrived in Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., with Captain Robert Goldthwaite, as Commanding Officer, relieving Captain Aurelius B. Vosseller, 2nd Commanding Officer, serving from 11 August 1948 to 11 July 1949, ending her second Mediterranean Sea deployment, operating with the United States Sixth Fleet (6th Fleet), steaming through the North Atlantic operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) under the direction of the  8 th Fleet to the Mediterranean Sea. Reaching Gibraltar on 14 May 1949, Coral Sea became the flagship of RADM William L. Rees, Jr., ComCarDiv Two on 27 June 1949, with Captain Vosseller, Aurelius B. in command. Coral Sea conducted CarQuals off Atlantic City, N.J. for several weeks prior to entering the Mediterranean Sea, making port calls at Augusta and Palermo, Sicily; and Naples, Leghorn, Rapatto, Italy (1 to 27 June 1949), making a long port call at Cannes, France during July 4th, followed by port calls at Istanbul, Turkey on 1 August 1949, Souda Bay, Crete on 15 August 1949, Naples; Cannes and Gibraltar and Newport, R.I. before the end of August 1949. Ports of call include: Augusta, Sicily, a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily (Italy) (The city is one of the main harbours in Italy); Palermo, a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo; Naples, the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy; Livorno Italian:  [liˈvorno] 

((English traditionally Leghorn (/lɛɡˈhɔrn/, /ˈlɛɡɔrn/)) is a port city on the Ligurian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Livorno; Rapatto, Italy; Cannes (French pronunciation: ​[kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city located on the French Riviera (It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity); Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece; Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey; Suda Bay, a bay and natural harbour near the town of Souda on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete, Greece; Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; and Newport, RI. Squadrons: VF-21 (*1), F4U-4; VF-22 (*2), F4U-4; VF-23, F4U-4; VA-24 (*3), F4U-4; VA-25 (*4), AD-1; VC-4, AD-1Q; VC-12, TBM-3 / TBM-3W; VC-20, F4U-5 / AD-1Q; VC-62, F4U-5P and HU-2, HO3S-1. (*1) VF-21 redesignated VA-43 on Jul. 1, 1959; (*2) VF-22 disestablished on Jun. 6, 1958; (*3) VA-24 redesignated VF-24 on Dec. 1, 1949 and (*4) VA-25 redesignated VA-65 on Jul. 1, 1959. Her third Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission on 1 October 1947 (3 May 1949 to 26 September 1949)” (Ref. 1-Coral Sea, 2-USS Coral Sea “Welcome Aboard” brochure, 34, 35 and 72).

 

 03/05/49 – 26/09/49

AWARD OR CITATION

 AWARD DATES

 MED CRUISE

 Navy Occupation Service medal for ops in

 European waters

 19 September 1949

 2nd

Reference 34 and 35 reflect Chat info.

 

    “Following post-deployment voyage repairs upon return from her second Mediterranean Sea deployment, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) operated locally out of Norfolk and the Virginia Capes area” (Ref. 34, 43 and 72).

 

    “Commander, Carrier Air Group Four (CVG-4), skippered by Commander R. H. Burns, assuming command on 18 October 1949” (Ref. 1175G1 & 1175G2).

 

    “Rear Admiral John Jennings Ballentine, U.S.N., was Commander Carrier Division One from July 1947 to 1948/1949, during which time he exercised command of the administration and operating functions of the ships and units of Carrier Division One, which consists of his flag ship USS Midway (CVB-41), the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) and the Air Groups and Aircraft Squadrons of each of these ships” (Ref. 1175A & 1175F).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Group Four, skippered by Commander R. H. Burns, assuming command on 18 October 1949 embarked, with Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, as Commanding Officer, on her second North Atlantic deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the Second Task Fleet and ComAirLant, steaming in the Davis Straits, this time crossing the Arctic Circle with three destroyers and a fleet oiler testing equipment and techniques for cold weather operations in the North Atlantic, conducting a cold weather evaluation of aircraft, personnel and ships. She will under go her sixth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1175G1, 1175G2 & 1081K).

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) with CVG-8 (F)

(Late October to 22 December 1949)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet & ComAirLant

2nd NoLant

North Sea

Davis Straits

CVG-4

F

Late Oct 1949

22 Dec 1949

Arctic Circle

Training

90 est.-days

Cold Weather Operations

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-41

Gay Blades -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F100

F4U-4

VF-42

Green Pawns -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F200

F4U-4

VF-43

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F300

F4U-4

VA-44

Scarlet Knights –

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F400

AD-1

VA-45

Fish Hawks -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F500

AD-1

VC-62 Det.

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

(TL)

xxx

F4U-5P

VC-12 Det.

Composite Squadron

Eastern (GM) TBM-3W 'Avenger' - Torpedo Bomber - Special search

(NE)

xx

TBM-3W

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly'

(UR)

xx

HO3S-1

 

 

    “In 1949, the 8th Fighter Bomber Group (35th Fighter Bomber Squadron (FBS) (Pantons), 36th Fighter Bomber Squadron  (FBS) (Flying Fiends), and the 80th Fighter Squadron (FBS) (Juvats) based in Itazuke, Japan; equipped with F-80Cs on 22 December 1949. At Itazuke, it supported the air defense of Japan until the outbreak of the Korean War” (Ref. 133).

 

    “In December 1949, VMF-115 became the first Marine Corps squadron to receive a full complement of Grumman F9F-2 Panther jet fighters and during November 1950, was first to serve aboard a carrier, qualifying all 18 pilots without incident aboard the USS Franklin D Roosevelt (CVB-42)” (Ref. 111E).

 

    “On 22 December 1949, USS Midway (CVB-41) with Commander, Carrier Air Group Four, skippered by Commander R. H. Burns, assuming command on 18 October 1949 embarked arrived Norfolk Va., with Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, as Commanding Officer, ending her second North Atlantic deployment, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the Second Task Fleet and ComAirLant while on cold weather maneuvers, plowing through heavy seas, up the Davis Straits, to cross the Arctic Circle, admitting herself into the select “Royal Order of Blue Notes. Ports of call not reported. Squadrons: VF-41, F4U-4; VF-42, F4U-4; VF-43, F4U-4; VA-4, AD-1; VA-45, AD-1; VC-62 Det., F4U-5P; VC-12 Det., TBM-3W; HU-2 Det., HO3S-1. HShe will under go her sixth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (Late October to 22 December 1949)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1175G1, 1175G2 & 1081K).

 

    “Rear Admiral J. J. “Jocko” Clark, U.S.N., assumed command of Carrier Division Four in December 1949, which consists of his flag ship USS Midway (CVB-41) and the Air Group Four (CVG-4) and Aircraft Squadrons” (Ref. 1175E & 1175F).

 

    “The United States Sixth Fleet in thee Mediterranean Sea, commanded by Vice Admiral John Jennings Ballentine. Its mission, defined in 1946 by the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, is twofold: (a) Support Allied Occupation Forces and the Allied Military Government in the discharge of their responsibilities; (b) Protect United States interests and support United States policies in the area. Composed of an aircraft carrier through Carrier Divisions, a division of cruisers, a squadron of destroyers and necessary sustaining vessels of auxiliary types-normally about twenty ships manned by twelve thousand officers and men and a reinforced battalion of Marines – the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean is a subordinate operational command of thee Commander-in-Chief, United States Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, with headquarters in London. He is one of three Commanders-in-Chief under the Chief of Naval Operations and his boundaries of jurisdiction extend roughly from a point just east of the Azores to beyond India, and from the North Pole to the Equator. Admiral Ballentine’s Fleet has no base in the Mediterranean Sea, must remain constantly at any of scores of forgotten ports in the area” (Ref. 1175B5).

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-41) with Commander R. H. Burns, Commander, Carrier Air Group Four (CVG-4) Rear Admiral J. J. “Jocko” Clark, U.S.N., Commander, Carrier Division Four embarked departed Norfolk Va. 6 January 1950, with Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, as Commanding Officer and Commander W, P. Woods, as Executive Officer, on her third Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the Second Task Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea, serving as a mobile strategic influence – a perpetuator of American prestige and a potent factor in maintaining American policies in this troublesome area, the Mediterranean, the “Sea of Destiny.” She will under go her seventh Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, 1175B1, 1175B2, 1175B3, 1175B4, 1175C, 1175E, 1175F, 1175G1, 1175G2 & 1175B5).

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) Mediterranean Cruise Book 1950 – Ref. 1175C

The Cruise and Ports of Call – Ref. 1175B1

MIDWAY City, USA – Ref. 1175B2

Cruise Activities – Ref. 1175B3

6th Marines, 1st Battalion – Ref. 1175B4

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) with CVG-4 (F)

(6 January to 23 May 1950)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) Second Task Fleet, 2nd,  ComAirLant  6th

3rd Med

CVG-4 (*1)

F

6 Jan 1950

23 May 1950

Europe

138-days

Reserve Cruise

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-41 (*2)

Gay Blades -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F100

F4U-4

VF-42 (*3)

Green Pawns -

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F200

F4U-4

VF-43 (*4)

Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter

F300

F4U-4

VA-44 (*5)

Scarlet Knights -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F400

AD-1

VA-45 (*6)

Fish Hawks -

Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

F500

AD-1

VC-4 Det. 5

Nightcappers -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NA)

60x

F4U-5N

VC-62 Det. 5

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

(TL) xxx

F4U-5P

VC-12 Det. 5

Composite Squadron

Eastern (GM) TBM-3W 'Avenger' - Torpedo Bomber - Special search

(NE)

xx

TBM-3W

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly

(UR)   xx

HO3S-1

(*1) CVG-4 deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*2) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*3) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*4) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*5) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

(*6) Deestablished on 8 June 1950

Second Task Fleet was redesignated U.S. Second Fleet in February 1950

CVG-4 - http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-50/index_017.htm

 

    “Twelve Neptunes were converted to the nuclear-capable P2V-3C configuration for operations on USS Midway (CVB-41). On 6 January 1950, the Navy declared that composite squadron VC-5 was capable of launching an atomic strike from the Midway-class ships employing the modified Neptunes. (These aircraft were soon joined by the nuclear-capable AJ-1 Savage attack aircraft.)” (Ref. 1083).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Gibraltar on 16 January 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Gibraltar from 16 to 21 January 1950, underway from 6 to 16 January 1961” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Augusta, Sicily, Italy on 26 January 1950, underway from 21 to 26 January 1961” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    “USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Augusta, Sicily, Italy from 26 to 30 January 1950, for exercises” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    “The U. S. Second Fleet traces its origin to the reorganization of the Navy following World War II in December 1945 and the formation of the United States Eighth Fleet under the command of Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher. In January 1947, Eighth Fleet was renamed Second Task Fleet. Three years later, in February 1950, the command was redesignated U.S. Second Fleet. Second Fleet’s area of responsibility included the Atlantic coast of South America and part of the west coast of Central America” (Ref. .[4] - Lt Col Ronald H. Spector, U.S. Marines in Grenada 1983, History and Museums Division, HQ USMC, 1987, 1.of 313U1).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Augusta, Sicily, Italy on 2 February 1950, underway from 30 January to 2 February 1961” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Augusta, Sicily, Italy from 2 to 9 February 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Naples, Italy on 10 February 1950, underway from 9 to 10 February 1961” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Naples, Italy from 10 to 15 February 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Sfax, Tunisia on 17 February 1950, underway from 15 to 17 February 1961” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Sfax, Tunisia from 17 to 20 February 1950, for exercises” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Famagusta, Cyprus on 24 February 1950, underway from 20 to 24 February 1961” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Famagusta, Cyprus from 24 to 28 February 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Istanbul, Turkey on 2 March 1950, underway from 28 February to 2 March 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Istanbul, Turkey from 2 to 8 March 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Athens, Greece on 9 March 1950, underway from 8 to 9 March 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Athens, Greece from 9 to 12 March 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Suda Bay, Crete, Greece on 14 March 1950, underway from 12 to 14 March 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Suda Bay, Crete, Greece from 14 to 18 March 1950, for exercises” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Leghorn, Italy on 24 March 1950, underway from 18 to 24 March 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Leghorn, Italy from 24 March to 3 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Malta Area on 6 April 1950, underway from 3 to 6 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Malta Area from 6 to 13 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Palermo, Sicily, Italy on 14 April 1950, underway from 13 to 14 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Palermo, Sicily, Italy from 14 to 18 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    “On 21 April 1950, the first carrier takeoff of an North American AJ-1 Savage heavy attack bomber (Hayward atomic bomb) was made from USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) by Capt. John T. Hayward of VC 5, demonstrating the feasibility of operating heavy attack aircraft from a carrier in the strategic mission role. The remainder of the pilots of the squadron would conduct carrier qualifications onboard Coral Sea in this aircraft” (Ref. 2-USS Coral Sea “Welcome Aboard” brochure and 43).

 

    “On 21 April 1950, Lt. Cmdr. R.C. Starkey flew a Lockheed P2V-3C Neptune weighing 74,668 pounds off USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), becoming the heaviest aircraft ever launched from an aircraft carrier (up to that point)” (Ref. 35).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Naples, Italy on 21 April 1950, underway from 18 to 21 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Naples, Italy from 21 to 28 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Cannes, France on 29 April 1950, underway from 28 to 29 April 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

      “Captain Frederick M. Trapnell assumed command of USS Coral Sea (CVB-43), on 29 April 1950, relieving Captain Robert Goldthwaite, 3rd Commanding Officer, serving from 11 July 1949 to 29 April 1950 at Norfolk, Va.” (Ref. 34 & 35A).

 

   USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) cleared Norfolk, Va. on 1 May 1950 for Gitmo and training” (Ref. 43).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Cannes, France from 29 April to 4 May 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Oran, Algeria on 6 May 1950, underway from 4 to 6 May 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Oran, Algeria from 6 to 10 May 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) pulled into port at Lisbon, Portugal on 12 May 1950, underway from 10 to 12 May 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) made a port call at Lisbon, Portugal from 12 to 15 May 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

     “On 23 May 1950, USS Midway (CVB-41) with Rear Admiral J. J. “Jocko” Clark, U.S.N., Commander, Carrier Division Four and Commander R. H. Burns, Commander, Carrier Air Group Four (CVG-4) embarked arrived Norfolk, Va., with Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, as Commanding Officer and Commander W, P. Woods, as Executive Officer, ending her third Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the  U.S. Atlantic Command(USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the Second Task Fleet/U.S. Second Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea, serving as a mobile strategic influence – a perpetuator of American prestige and a potent factor in maintaining American policies in this troublesome area, the Mediterranean, the “Sea of Destiny.” Twelve Neptunes were converted to the nuclear-capable P2V-3C configuration for operations on Midway. On 6 January 1950, the Navy declared that composite squadron VC-5 was capable of launching an atomic strike from the Midway-class ships employing the modified Neptunes. (These aircraft were soon joined by the nuclear-capable AJ-1 Savage attack aircraft.). Midway pulled into port at Gibraltar from 16 to 21 January 1950, underway from 6 to 16 January 1961. Midway made a port call at Augusta, Sicily, Italy from 26 to 30 January 1950, departing for exercises. In February 1950, the Eighth Fleet was redesignated U.S. Second Fleet. Midway pulled into port at Augusta, Sicily, Italy from 2 to 9 February 1950; Naples, Italy from 10 to 15 February 1950; Sfax, Tunisia from 17 to 20 February 1950, departing for exercises; Famagusta, Cyprus from 24 to 28 February 1950; Istanbul, Turkey from 2 to 8 March 1950; Athens, Greece from 9 to 12 March 1950; Suda Bay, Crete, Greece from 14 to 18 March 1950, departing for exercises; Leghorn, Italy from 24 March to 3 April 1950; Malta Area from 6 to 13 April 1950; Palermo, Sicily, Italy from 14 to 18 April 1950; Naples, Italy from 21 to 28 April 1950; Cannes, France from 29 April to 4 May 1950; Oran, Algeria from 6 to 10 May 1950 and made a port call at Lisbon, Portugal from 12 to 15 May 1950. Midway was underway from 15 to 26 May 1950. Ports of call include: Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean; Augusta, a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily (Italy) and is one of the main harbours in Italy twice in a row; Naples the capital of Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy; Sfax, a city in Tunisia, located 270 km (170 mi) southeast of Tunis, founded in AD 849 on the ruins of Taparura and Thaenae, is the capital of the Sfax Governorate; Famagusta, a city on the east coast of Cyprus and is the de facto capital of Gazimağusa District of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized by Turkey; Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey; Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece; Suda Bay, a bay and natural harbour near the town of Souda on the northwest coast of the Greek island of Crete; Livorno or Leghorn, a port city on the Tyrrhenian Sea on the western coast of Tuscany, Italy and is the capital of the Province of Livorno; Malta Area, a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. Gibraltar lies 1,755 km (1,091 mi) to the west and Alexandria 1,508 km (937 mi) to the east on 6 April 1950; Palermo, a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo; Naples, Italy a second time; Cannes, a city located in the French Riviera, France (Paris, France and Monte Carlo); Oran, a major city on the northwestern Mediterranean coast of Algeria, and the second largest city of the country and Lisbon, the capital city and largest city of Portugal and is the westernmost large city located in Europe, as well as its westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River. Squadrons: VF-41 (*2), F4U-4; VF-42 (*3), F4U-4; VF-43 (*4), F4U-4; VA-44 (*5), AD-1; VA-45 (*6), AD-1; VC-4 Det. 5, F4U-5N; VC-62 Det. 5, F4U-5P; VC-12 Det. 5, TBM-3W and HU-2 Det., HO3S-1. CVG-4 deestablished on 8 June 1950. (*2) Deestablished on 8 June 1950; (*2) Deestablished on 8 June 1950; (*3) Deestablished on 8 June 1950; (*4) Deestablished on 8 June 1950; (*5) Deestablished on 8 June 1950 and (*6) Deestablished on 8 June 1950. Second Task Fleet was redesignated U.S. Second Fleet in February 1950. Her seventh Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) since her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II (6 January to 23 May 1950)” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72, [4] - Lt Col Ronald H. Spector, U.S. Marines in Grenada 1983, History and Museums Division, HQ USMC, 1987, 1.of 313U1, 1175B, 1175B1, 1175B2, 1175B3, 1175B4, 1175B5, 1175C, 1175D, 1175E, 1175F, 1175G1, 1175G2 & 1081L).

 

 06/01/50 to 06/05/50

AWARD OR CITATION

AWARD DATES

EAST COAST

National Defense Service Medal

Korea

Jun 1950 - Jul 1954

Europe

3rd Med

Navy Occupation Service Medal with "Europe" clasp

Several periods, Dec 1947 - Oct 1954

same

Ref. 1081 & 1081/C

 

    USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) was in port Norfolk, Va. on 25 May 1950, when the outbreak of tensions between North and South Korea commenced, resulting in a police action which had every aspect of a war, hence forward refereed to as the Korea War.  

 

    USS Midway (CVB-41) was underway from 15 to 26 May 1950” (Ref. 1175C & 1175D).

 

    “On 14 June 1950, President Harry S. Truman released 90 nuclear bomb assemblies—without the plutonium cores—from the Atomic Energy Commission to permanent military control; a small number would be placed aboard Midway-class carriers as they departed Norfolk for operations in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. The nuclear cores would be flown aboard—when needed—in modified TBM Avengers. Thus, the Midways provided the Navy’s first nuclear strike force. This capability was, in part, the reason the Midways were kept in the Atlantic-Mediterranean areas during the Korean War. Indeed, many U.S. and allied military leaders and planners initially believed the Korean conflict was a Sovietinspired distraction from the main area of interest—Europe” (Ref. 1083).

    USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) commenced local operations on 18 June 1950” (Ref. 43).

 

    “Captain Frederick Norman Kivette, USNA ‘25, assumed command during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Midway (CVB-41) on 1 July 1950, relieving Captain Wallace Morris Beakley, USNA ‘24, 8th Commanding Officer, serving from August 8, 1949 - July 1, 1950” (Ref. 1178-G).

 

    After exchanging Air Group Four for Seven, with Commander, Carrier Air Group Seven (CVG-7) embarked, USS Midway (CVB-41) departed Norfolk, Va. 10 July 1950, with Captain Frederick Norman Kivette, USNA ‘25, as Commanding Officer, on her fourth third Mediterranean Sea deployment operating with the 6th Fleet, steaming through the Atlantic, operating with the U.S. Atlantic Command (USLANTCOM) (Atlantic Fleet), operational control extending to the U.S. Second Fleet and ComAirLant to the Mediterranean Sea via Gibralter with upgraded fighter capability, serving as the flagship of Commander, Carrier Division Six (COMCARDIV SIX). This consisted of two aircraft types, F9F-2 Panthers and F8F-1B Bearcats. She will under go her eighth Foreign Water Fleet Deployment (FWFD) her commission 10 September 1945, having the destination of being the lead ship of her class, and the first to be commissioned after the end of World War II” (Ref. 1-Midway, 72 & 1175G3).

 

USS Midway (CVB-41) with CVG-7 (L)

(10 July to 10 November 1950)

Hull No. /

Fleet

Foreign Water Fleet

Deployment

 Air Wing

Tail

Code

Depart

Return

Days at Sea

Fleet D. No.

USS Midway (CVB-41) – 2nd, 6th & ComAirLant

4th Med

CVG-7

L

10 Jul 1950

10 Nov 1950

Europe

124-days

 

SQUADRON

SQUADRON NICK NAME & PRIMARY

ROLE

AIRCRAFT DESIGN

NICK NAME &

PRIMARY ROLE

TAIL

CODE

Modex

AIRCRAFT

DESIGNATION

VF-71

Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Panther -      Jet Fighter

L100

F9F-2

VF-72 (*1)

Bearcats -                 Fighter Squadron

Grumman - Fighter - Special armament

L200

F8F-1B

VF-74

Be-Devilers -           Fighter Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

L400

F4U-4

VA-75

Sunday Punchers -       Attack Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

L500

AD-4

VMF-211

Wake Island Avengers-           Marine Fighter Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Attack

(AF)

xx

F4U-4

VC-4 Det. 5

Nightcappers -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

 Fighter

(NA)

60x

F4U-5N

VC-62 Det. 5

Fighting Photos -    Composite Squadron

Vought - Corsair -

Fighter - Photographic reconnaissance/Survey

(TL) xxx

F4U-5P

VC-12 Det. 5

Composite Squadron

Douglas - Skyraider - Avenger

(NE)   xx

AD-3W

HU-2 Det.

Fleet Angels -           Helicopter Utility Squadron

Sikorsky - Dragonfly

(UR)   xx

HO3S-1

 (*1) Redesignated VA-72 on 3 January 1956

 

    USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) would remain with the 6th Fleet and the Atlantic patrolling the Mediterranean during the Korea War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER V

 USS CORAL SEA (CV 43)

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw, A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy (August 1977 to February 1983)

 

A Sailors tale of his Tour of duty in the U.S. Navy - Operation Evening Light And Eagle Claw -

 

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Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

Operations Evening Light and Eagle Claw (24 April 1980) Iran and Air Arm History (1941 to Present)

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA  Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA Vol. I (10 July 1944 to 31 December 1975) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. II (1 January 1976 to 25 August 1981) -

 

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USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990)

 

USS CORAL SEA CV-42, CVB-43, CVA-43 & CV-43 HISTORY, AND THOSE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS OPERATING WITH CORAL SEA DURING HER TOUR OF SERVICE Vol. III (20 August 1981 to 26 April 1990) -

 

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