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USS MIDWAY (CV-41) Lead ship of her class in service 1945 to 1992.

 

Commissioned a week after the end of World War II, Midway was the largest ship in the world until 1955, as well as the first U.S. aircraft carrier too big to transit the Panama Canal. She operated for 47 years, during which time she saw action in the Vietnam War and served as the Persian Gulf flagship in 1991's Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned in 1992, she is now a museum ship at the USS Midway Museum, in San Diego, California, and the only remaining U.S. aircraft carrier commissioned right after World War II ended that was not an Essex-class aircraft carrier.

 

The difficult to find Gooney Bird USS MIDWAY patch circa early 1950's

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USS ANTIETAM (CV-36) Essex class (long hull) aka Ticonderoga class aircraft carrier in service 1945 to 1963, later classified as (CVA-36) & (CVS-36)

 

WWII & Korean War service, four cruises with Task Force 77 (TF 77), in the combat zone off the coast of the Korean peninsula

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USS ANTIETAM (CVS-36) Essex class (long hull) aka Ticonderoga class aircraft carrier in service 1945 to 1963. Photo shows conversion from straight flight deck (CV) to angled flight deck (CVA/CVS)

 

A successful high altitude experiment, and a tragedy for the aeronauts of the Office of Naval Research, May 4th, 1961 off of Pensacola, Florida.

The deck of the Antietam served as the launching pad for the stratospheric balloon flight of Commander Malcolm D. Ross and Lieutenant Commander Victor A. Prather, both of the United States Navy, on 4 May 1961. This flight set an absolute official altitude record for manned balloons of 113,740 feet (34,670 m). The flight took place over the Gulf of Mexico. During recovery, Prather slipped from the rescue helicopter's lifting harness, fell into the ocean, and died from his injuries onboard Antietam. Commander Ross was successfully recovered.

 

Photograph from my collection: An earlier successful test in April 1961 by the same Aeronauts. Note the Balloon on the yardarm and the rescue helicopter on the flight deck in the photograph.

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This carrier patch has it all

 

USS RANGER (CV-61) Operation Desert Storm 1991

 

WAR IN THE GULF - Battlegroup Echo - COMCARGRU 7 - CVW-2 - We Own The Night

In 1991 BATTLE GROUP ECHO CONSISTED OF USS RANGER (CV-61) with COMCARGRU-7 & CVW-2 embarked, USS WABASH (AOR 5), AND USS MAUNA KEA (AOE 22) and CRUISER DESTROYER GROUP THREE - USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50), USS CHOSIN (CG 62), USS KINKAID (DD 965), USS HARRY W. HILL (DD-986), USS KIRK (FF 1087)
Operation Desert Storm saw the Ranger do a three-month stint in the Persian Gulf, arriving Jan. 15 following a 39-day transit. Less than 48 hours after arriving, the Ranger’s air wing began pounding Iraqi troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
The planes flew more than 4,200 sorties against the enemy and dropped more than 4.3-million pounds of bombs. One aircraft with two pilots aboard was lost.
“The sense of patriotism and mission were clear,” said Capt. Jay Campbell, a Vietnam veteran who commanded the 2,200-man air wing. “Our fighting crew was disappointed that we didn’t have more of an opportunity to engage them (Iraqi warplanes),” he said. Los Angeles Times

 

 

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USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB/CVA/CV-42) 

Not sure when this dates from 50's 60s?  I'm not very knowledgeable about USN patches.

This is on the front of a 1950  G-1 with a blue bolts patch, the jacket also has Korean war VF-112 and CAG-11 patches.

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