USS Randolph (CVS-15)


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I served on board the USS Randolph (CVS-15) from 1962 - 1964 and was aboard during the Randolph's participation in the "Cuban Blockade" in October 1962. I was advanced to DK2 during this tour. The first photo below is the disbursing crew while I was aboard. The photos that follows are official U. S. Navy Photographs and were provided by the Naval Historical Center.

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USS Randolph CVS-15, S-4 Division, 1962 Disbursing Office crew (S-4 Division) in 1962. I am in the front row, 2nd from left.
n the Chesapeake Bay area during her shakedown period, 12 November 1944 In the Chesapeake Bay area during her shakedown period, 12 November 1944. She is wearing camouflage Measure 32 Design 17a.
Crewmen fighting fires on the ship's flight deck, after she was hit by a "Kamikaze", 11 March 1945. Crewmen fighting fires on the ship's flight deck, after she was hit by a "Kamikaze", 11 March 1945. Alongside a repair ship at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 13 March 1945 Alongside a repair ship at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 13 March 1945, showing damage to her after flight deck resulting from a "Kamikaze" hit on 11 March.
Grumman F6F "Hellcat" fighter parked on the port catapult, March 1945 Grumman F6F "Hellcat" fighter parked on the port catapult, March 1945.
Note the plane's tail markings, unique to this ship.

At anchor in the western Pacific, June 1945 At anchor in the western Pacific, June 1945.
Photographed by Lieutenant Barrett Gallagher.
Ship's "ouija board" hangar and flight deck planning boards Seaman 1st Class Leonard A. Cassidy spots model aircraft on the ship's "ouija board" hangar and flight deck planning boards, in response to the telephoned orders of air officers. The nearer board represents the flight deck, with the hangar deck board behind it.
A musical trio plays for crewmen in the carrier's sickbay, 11 August 1945 A musical trio plays for crewmen in the carrier's sickbay, 11 August 1945. The players are Musician 3rd Class Joseph Calicari (Violin), Musician 2nd Class Wilfred Batchelder (Base) and Musician 3rd Class Charles Apellonia (Accordion).
International Naval Review, 12 June 1957. Stands at her assigned anchorage in Hampton Roads, Virginia, during the International Naval Review, 12 June 1957. Sir Winston Churchill salutes as he receives honors during a visit to USS Randolph (CVA-15), 26 October 1958. Sir Winston Churchill salutes as he receives honors during a visit to USS Randolph (CVA-15), 26 October 1958.
Photographed by J.C. Ricks
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Refueling at sea from USS Pawcatuck (AO-108), circa 1960 Refueling at sea from USS Pawcatuck (AO-108), circa 1960. USS Waller (DDE-466) is refueling from the oiler's starboard side, while USS Eaton is steaming astern, waiting her turn for a "drink."
Underway at sea on 27 February 1962, with two S2F airplanes on her catapults. Underway at sea on 27 February 1962, with two S2F airplanes on her catapults.
USS Randolph anchor 15 Ton Anchor from Essex Class Aircraft Carrier USS Randolph CV-CVA-CVS 15
Commissioned Oct. 9 1944 - Decommissioned 1969.
USS Randolph Plaque Donated by USS Randolph Reunion Association .

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