GAMBIER BAY CVE 73
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
Authorized as Aircraft Escort Vessel (AVG)
Reclassified Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier (ACV) August 20 1942
Keel Laid July 10 1943
Reclassified Escort Carrier (CVE) July 15 1943
Launched November 22 1943
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- Covers Page 1 (1944)
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Note: This strike has a scarcity rating of R-3
Ship was sunk less than a month later
GAMBIER BAY received four battle stars for service in World War II and
shared in the award of the Presidential Unit Citation to "Taffy 3" for
extraordinary heroism in the battle off Samar
NAMESAKE - A bay on the coast of Alaska
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