Meritorious Mast

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Citations from Com First Car Task For, Pac award to: Naylor, Wm. B., ACOM, Ivcic, Walter S., AOM2c, Samuels, Edgar N., S1c

Presidential Unit Citations awarded to: Pyle, R. G., PhM1c, Preston, F. A., PhM3c

Bronze Star Medal awarded to: Schwabe, L. R., Lt. Cmdr., USN, Treuer, G.E., Lieut., USN,   Luce, S. L., Lt.(jg), USNR, Ross, H. M., ACOM … Watson, A. J., AMM2c was awarded the Bronze Star Medal posthumously

Purple Hearts: Altman, R., S1c, Bailey, H., S1c, Bass, R., StM1c, Beavers, H. N., S1c, Boyington, L. S., S1c, Bowen, C. K., S1c, Brookens, M. L., F1c, Carpenter, M. F., S2c, Cifelli, A. P. B., Pfc, Clark, O., SC3c, Cleothlis, G. A., S1c, Coggins, C. G., S2c, Dooley, L. A., S1c, Dimmick, G. C., Pfc, Dunning, T. A., S1c, Eads, J. E., S1c, Eagan, J. P., S1c,  Foster, C. H., Jr., S2c,  Forguer, R. R., S1c, Garner, F. E., S2c, Gilliam, E. T., S1c, Gibbs, J. C., S1c, Gomez, A. A., S2c, Gray, E. R., S2c, Grimes, J. L., S2c,  Harper, R. N., AON2c, Heiland, R. J., S2c, Hendrix, W. B., Pfc,  Hiatt, L. R., S2c, Kahle, R. L., S2c, Maile, J. W., S1c, Mayberry, J. E., S1c, Mayo, J. B., S2c, Mertz, H. A., EM3, Metcalf, B. E., S1c, Mouzon, H. F., StM1c, McDowell, M. F., S2c, Pavitt, G. F., AOM3c, Powell, W. K., AOM2c, Richard, J. G., StM1c, Reeves, S. T., S2c, Sapp, S. R., S1c, Shaforth, F. H., S1c, Sommerville, G. A., Cpl, Stensberg, K. W., EM1c, Swointeck, C. B., S1c, Svoboda, C., S2c,  Treece, A. H., St3c, Toland, H., Jr., S1c, Underwood, O., S1c, Walker, I. N., Pfc, Wallace, C. M., F2c, Whitaker, J. L., S1c

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945


The Intrepid Band

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Murray-Led Band Reports Aboard

One day last April at the Washington Music School  22 musicians were assembled with Chief Bandmaster Arthur Murray and told that it was Navy Unit Band 98. And thus the INTREPID BAND was born.

Within a month’s time, the band reported aboard and was beginning to play the music that sailors love to hear. It is easy enough to get two or three musicians to make a song sound something like it is supposed to, but when you take 22 men, who had never seen each other before, you have a job. And that is the task that was assigned to Chief Murray, a veteran of 19 years in the Navy.

The band is composed of five clarinet players, four men of the cornet, two on the saxophone, two French hornists, three trombonists, two drummers, two tuba players and one man each on the baritone and the piccolo.

Chief Murray in his 19 years of service has served aboard 16 ships and two shore stations. His ships have included nine cruisers, four destroyer or seaplane tenders and one battleship. the INTREPID is his first carrier and he, speaking for the band as well as himself, says he really enjoys it here.

Band members include: Sauer, Dzoba, Norris, Combs, Carrier, Passalacqua, Lang, Morgan, Boyce, Elwell, O’Malley, Mancini, Larson, Fox, Mitchell, Sasse, Mulley, Koupel, Lenzi, Troyer, DeNeen ,and Ferdon.

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945

“Our Air Group”

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Now that fighting is a thing of the past, a few statistics of “Our Air Group” was always willing to tackle the enemy, and that is precisely what it did. Exactly 100 enemy aircraft were shot out of the skies, while 86 were destroyed on the ground. A total of 94 ships of all descriptions were either sunk or severely damaged.

Besides the attack on the battleship YAMATO and its escorts, the most outstanding encounter of the squadron happened on the morning of April 16 when one division of four planes bagged twenty Japs. Since then one of the pilots has been killed and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously. The division leader was credited with six planes and was awarded the Navy Cross; his wingman bagged four planes and was awarded the Silver Star. The fourth man, who was awarded the Navy Cross, was high man of the day, gathering seven.

“Our Air Group” may soon be replaced, and at that time many facts that at present cannot be released will be published. One thing about these pilots and combat air crewmen, they certainly did their share in keeping up the traditions of the “Mighty I” and the Naval Air Corps.

Ref: THE INTREPID, Volume3, Number 4, October 1945

A Thought

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     Joe sat on the flight deck with a cold and low morale. Other people thought he wind was warmed just right by the sun but Joe had chills along with a bad disposition.

     Usually the sight of an armada thrilled Joe but this morning those battlewagons and cruisers were just another item of the war that had kept hi in the service so long. Joe thought he would write a letter to his congressman and find out why the point system had to be so high and beyond him. Under this present system he would have another year tacked onto his three and a half of service.

     That island off to the starboard about ten miles looked dismal through the haze. Joe thought it would be good to stretch his legs even if he wasn’t at peace with the world. Walking forward along the starboard catwalk he bumped everybody that cam that way. Thinking, “I may as well let them know I’m around”.

It was kind of funny the way that island sat off on the horizon. Looked plenty small from back yonder but up close it got big and stared a guy in the face. The closer a fellow got the more of it appeared out of the haze. Joe stood there looking hard for what he wanted to see and suddenly a faint trace of an outline stuck its arm up into the sky.

“Mt. Suribachi” muttered Joe, and he lost some of that disgust for the world. He remembered that letter three weeks ago from the little woman telling him about all the guys from home that are buried out here.

Joe feels pretty cheap all of a sudden, he’s sitting almost at the foot of his friends’ graves and griping about a cold and a discharge. He says, “sure Joe, you’ve been fighting this war a long time but you’re still in one piece to talk about it.” Joe thinks its hell that people can forget so easily, he know that a lot of people in the states probably never realized the true meaning of Okinawa. Its more than a Nap name to Joe, it means ‘hell on earth’ and Joe does like a lot of other Joes will do, he says just a little prayer for those gyrenes and doggies who gave their lives for him and the rest of the U.S. population.

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945

‘The KETCHER History’

FORMER CREWMEMBERS ... 'The Ketcher' History, as recorded here, is 
based on the copy of 'THE INTREPID' Newsletter, *Volume 3, Number 2 
of April 1945, in hand by this Blog Editor.
     If any former crewmember (FCM) has any earlier published copies of 
The Ketcher, this Editor would be greatly appreciative. Please 
contact the Editor by email at cv11texfcm@gmail.
                            *THE INTREPID
Commanding Officer, Captain Giles E. Short, USN
Executive Officer, Commander R.P. Kauffman, USN 
Supervising Editor, Lt.(jg) R. H. Smith
Editorial Staff
G. F. Pavitt AOM3c, Co-Editor
B. S. Nusbaum, Jr. RdM3c, News Editor
P. M.Jones, PhoM2c, Photographic Editor
Chaplain M.D.Safford, W. B. Naylor, ACOM,      Don Ickes, Y3c, 
R. J. Boyce, S1c.     W. Loff, PhoM3c.      Lt.(jg) N. C. Peterson
J.E.Kroeger,PhoM2c.  H. F. Krasin, PhoM1c.  T. H. Fredrickson, PhoM3cW. Loff, PhoM3c
H.J.Devlin,Prtr1c.   V. J. Lenzi, Prtr2c.      H. J. Stoll, Prtr3cD 
R. aleto, Prtr3c
Publication Censor
Lt. J. B. Kirsch

The U.S.S. INTREPID receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Republication 
of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS, 205 E. 42ndSt., NYC 17

Cover: Photo overlay by Krueger, PhoM2c and Krasin, PhoM1c


Second Anniversary of the U.S.S. INTREPID CV-11, 16 August 1945

The following was copied from the Second Anniversary ‘Program’
of the U.S.S. INTREPID CV-11

Capt. Giles E. Short, U.S.N., Commanding Officer
Comdr. W. E. Ellis, U.S. N., Executive Officer

The first INTREPID is believed to have been built as a bomb ketch in France in 1798, for the Egyptian Expedition of General Bonaparte. It was sold to Tripoli and named MASTICO, and when captured off Tripoli by the American schooner ENTERPRISE, was given the name INTREPID.

The INTREPID was under the command of Stephen Decatur in his brilliant expedition which resulted in the destruction of the U.S.S. PHILADELPHIA on the night of Feb. 16, 1804. The PHILADELPHIA had grounded and was in the. Hands of the enemy. The purpose of the expedition was to prevent her further use against the United States Naval forces. Later the same year, Sept. 4, 1804, under the command of Lieutenant Somers, the ship was blown up with all hands in a perilous and fatal attempt to damage enemy shipping in the harbor of Tripoli.

Commodore Preble who had directed these exploits, returned to the United States and received the vote of thanks from Congress and an emblematic gold medal from President Jefferson. Lieutenant Decatur was promoted to Captain and presented with a sword by a grateful Congress.  They were both highly commended by Lord Nelson who characterized the first exploit of the INTEPID as “ the most bold and daring act of the age.” At the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis stands the Tripolitan Monument erected to the memory of the officers and men of the INTREPID who lost their lives on her fatal expedition.

The second INTREPID was built at Boston, commissioned in 1874, brig rigged and iron hull, 170 feet in length, 35 feet beam, 11 feet feet depth, steam torpedo ram, 438 tons. From Aug. 3 to Oct. 30, 1874, she cruised along the North Atlantic coast trying her torpedos. From 1875 to 1882, she was in commission at the New York Navy Yard. From 1883 to 1889, she was undergoing repairs and alterations at that Yard; striken from Navy list, and sold in 1892.

The third INTREPID was built at Mare Island in 1904 by the U.S. Navy. Whe was a steel vessel, bark rigged, length 176 feet, beam 45 feet, mean draft 16 feet, tonnage 1800 tons, armament four (4) six-pounders and two (2) one-pounders. She was designed and used as a training vessel. This INTREPID was stationed at Yerba Buena, California. She is now moored at Pearl Harbor.

The new U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11) is the first aircraft carrier and the fourth naval vessel to be given this name. Her keel was laid Dec. 1, 1941, and she was launched April 26, 1943, at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company. Mrs. John Howard Hoover, wife of Vice Admiral Hoover, was her sponsor. The INTREPID was the first major war vessel to be constructed at that yard in a graving dock.

The U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11) was commissioned Aug. 16, 1943, by Rear Admiral Herbert W. Leary, U.S. Navy, Commandant of the Fifth Naval District. Former Commanding Officers are: Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague, U.S.N., Aug. 16, 1943 to March 28, 1944; Rear Admiral William D. Sample, U.S.N., April 19, 1944 to May 19, 1944; Capt. Richard K. Gaines, U.S.N., March 29, 1944 to April 18, 1944, and May 20, 1944, to May 29, 1944; Captain Joseph F. Bolger, U.S.N., May 29, 1944 to Feb. 15, 1945.

Today, aboard this modern, mighty INTREPID we celebrate her second birthday. On this second anniversary, officers and men join with Captain Giles E. Short, U.S.N., in the hope that in our future engagements with the enemy we shall continue to be worthy of the name INTREPID. God grant that, in the cool courage and fearless bravery of the present crew, the spirit of the heroic and undaunted crews of the past will live again in another “most bold and daring act of the age.”