USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)


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Vol. 2
Subjects (Partial List) Notes:
# Pages
01 January 1 Caroline Islands
Pay increase for dependents
8, missing pages 3-6
04 March 10 Air Group Relieved
VT-17, VB-17 & VF-18 Pilot profiles
16, missing 3-14
15 April 14 Boxing Tournament
Unauthorized Ribbons
S1c Robert Holmes (Profile)
Mess Cooks (Pictures)
22 April 15 Fighting 17 Smashes Records
Lieutenant Commander Shaw New Gun Boss (Profile)
Aviator Medals (Awards)
13 May 18 War Bond Drive
Promotions and Changes
Adm. Nimitz Calls for a Smart Looking Navy
Medical Department - Doctors Bew and Steege (Profile)
BM1c Jesse Sellers, USS Langley survivor (Profile)
Censor Insert  
10 June 20 Ship and Air Group First Birthday
Lt Charles Tenney, Air Intelligence Officer (Profile)
17 June 21 Air Group Officers Receive Awards
Adm. Wagner and Staff Visit
Lcdr Alexander Middleton (Profile)
24 June 22 New Navy Pay System
Japanese Peace Terms
New V Mail
Resurrection of the Marblehead (CL-12)
Sgt John Burhop USMC (Profile)
01 July 23 Independence Day Bond Sale
Former Shipmates Honored
Cdr Ralph Shifley, Air Group Commander
08 July 24 Air Boss Promoted (Cdr Frauenheim)
Captain Jeter Presents Awards
PhoM1c Guy Cox (Profile)
Bunker Hill Second Track Meet
15 July 25 VF Scores Double to Tie Bombers (Lt Hodek & Lt. Longino)
Purple Heart Awards
Lt. Eddie Osborne (Profile)
Bunker Hill Band
Crew in Decisive Win over Officers
22 July 26 GI Bill of Rights Passed
Advantageous Changes in New Bill (Promotions)
Promotions and Advancements
Sgt Stratton and Sgt Hart (Profile)
29 July 27 New Pay System for All Hands
Lcdr Rodee Detached and Promoted
China Sailor
12 August 29 Eighty-Two Men Win Major Awards
Doctor Zurik (Profile)
China Sailor
26 August 30 New Flag Aboard; Command Changes
Captain Marshall Greer (Profile)
China Sailor
ARM1c Charles Carrico (Profile)
Chaplain Quigley Detached (newspaper editor) (Profile)
02 September 31 National Service Life Insurance
Cdr Kenneth Musick (Profile)
Musician George Meredith (Profile)
China Sailor
09 September 32 Torpedo Squadron Scores Again (Landings)
Family Allowance
China Sailor
(Dental )Doctors Shortridge and Doctor Lytle (Profile)
Basketball Team Record
GM2c Geller (Profile)
23 September 33 Armeteus Gates Honors Ship
Cdr Paul Barrick (Profile)
China Sailor
Our Soda Fountain
30 September 34 Fighters Even Score (Landings)
Post War Education
China Sailor
BM2c Joe Case (Profile)
Two Fisted Bombers (Boxing Team)
07 October 35 Well Earned Promotions to 124 Men
More Plank Owners to New Duty
Lcdr Evan P. "Pete" Aurand (Profile)
ARM2c John E. Huffman (Profile)
11 November 37 Air Group Eight Homeward Bound
Bombing Eight VB-8; Torpedo Eight VT-8; Fighting Eight VF-8
Year Book
Two More Stars Authorized
New Air Group Welcome Aboard [Cdr Klinsman, CAG]
Rotation Program





Ship's History

Source: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Volume 1 (A-B)

CV-17; displacement 27,100; 1ength 872'; beam 93'; draft 28'7"; speed 32.7 k.; compliment 3448; armament 12 - 5"; class Essex

Bunker Hill (CV-17) was launched 7 December 1942 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. Donald Boynton; and commissioned 24 May 1943, Captain J. J. Ballentine in command.

Reporting to the Pacific in the fall of 1943 Bunker Hill participated in carrier operations during the Rabaul strike (11 November 1943); Gilbert Islands operation, including support of the landings on Tarawa (13 November-8 December); the Kavieng strikes in support of the Bismarck Archipelago operation (25 December 1943, 1 and 4 January 1944); Marshall Islands operation (29 January-8 February); strikes against Truk (17-18 February), during which eight Japanese combatant vessels were sunk; Marianas raid (23 February); Palau-Yap-Ulithi-Woleai raids (30 March-1 April); Truk-Satawan-Ponape raids (29 April-1 May); Hollandia operation (21-28 April); and Marianas operation (12 June-10 August), including the Battle of the Philippine Sea. On 19 June 1944, during the opening phases of the battle, Bunker Hill was damaged when an enemy near miss scattered shrapnel fragments across the ship. Two men were killed and over 80 were wounded. Bunker Hill continued to do battle and her planes aided in sinking one Japanese carrier and destroying a part of the 476 Japanese aircraft that were downed. During September she participated in the Western Caroline Islands operation and then launched strikes at Okinawa, Luzon, and Formosa until November.

On 6 November Bunker Hill retired from the forward area and steamed to Bremerton, Wash., for a period of yard availability. Repairs completed, she departed the west coast 24 January 1945 and returned to the war front. During the remaining months of World War II Bunker Hill participated in the Iwo Jima operation and the 5th Fleet raids against Honshu and the Nasei Shoto (15 February-4 March); and the 5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of the Okinawa operation. On 7 April 1945 Bunker Hill's planes took part in a fast carrier task force attack on a Japanese naval force in the East China Sea. The enemy battleship Yamato, one cruiser, and four destroyers were sunk.

On the morning of 11 May 1945, while supporting the Okinawa invasion, Bunker Hill was hit and severely damaged by two suicide planes. Gasoline fires flamed up and several explosions took place. The ship suffered the loss of 346 men killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded. Although badly crippled she managed to return to Bremerton via Pearl Harbor.

In September Bunker Hill reported for duty with the "Magic Carpet" fleet. She remained on this duty as a unit of TG 16.12 returning veterans from the Pacific until January 1946 when she was ordered to Bremerton for inactivation. She was placed out of commission in reserve there 9 January 1947.

Bunker Hill received the Presidential Unit Citation for the period 11 November 1943 to 11 May 1945. In addition, she received 11 battle stars for her World War II service.

Bunker Hill's designation was changed from CV-17 to CVA-17 on 1 October 1952 and from CVA-17 to CVS-17 on 8 August 1953. She was struck from the Navy listing on 1 November 1966 and retained as a moored electronic test ship at San Diego, Calif., until November 1972 and then scrapped in 1973.



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