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Independence soon after completion, circa early 1943Light Carrier USS Independence in port, 1943
Independence soon after completion, circa early 1943Light Carrier USS Independence in port, 1943
Gun crews on a twin 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft mount take their meals at general quarters aboard the Light Carrier USS Independence in the Caribbean Sea, 30 Apr 1943.Note the broad wings of the TBF Avenger, the largest US carrier plane of WWII, as it makes its take-off run down the flight deck of the Light Carrier USS Independence, Caribbean Sea, 1 May 1943.
Gun crews on a twin 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft mount take their meals at general quarters aboard the Light Carrier USS Independence in the Caribbean Sea, 30 Apr 1943.Note the broad wings of the TBF Avenger, the largest US carrier plane of WWII, as it makes its take-off run down the flight deck of the Light Carrier USS Independence, Caribbean Sea, 1 May 1943.
Carrier Independence under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 11 Jul 1943; note hulls of submarines Spadefish and Trepang nearbyIndependence off Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 3
Carrier Independence under construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 11 Jul 1943; note hulls of submarines Spadefish and Trepang nearbyIndependence off Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 3
Independence off Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 3Independence off Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 Jul 1943, photo 3 of 3
Independence off Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 3Independence off Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 Jul 1943, photo 3 of 3
Independence in San Francisco Bay, 15 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 2Independence in San Francisco Bay, 15 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 2
Independence in San Francisco Bay, 15 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 2Independence in San Francisco Bay, 15 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 2
Aerial view straight down onto Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, 18 Aug 1943.Damaged aircraft on the hangar deck of the USS Independence, 6 Oct 1944 following heavy seas 3 days earlier. Note the hand-tied rope lashings to secure the aircraft. Note also the AIA radar antenna in the damaged radome
Aerial view straight down onto Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, 18 Aug 1943.Damaged aircraft on the hangar deck of the USS Independence, 6 Oct 1944 following heavy seas 3 days earlier. Note the hand-tied rope lashings to secure the aircraft. Note also the AIA radar antenna in the damaged radome
USS Independence anchored in Bikini Atoll as a target ship for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, Jul 1946.Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 1 of 2
USS Independence anchored in Bikini Atoll as a target ship for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, Jul 1946.Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 1 of 2
Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 2 of 2USS Independence, damaged in atomic bomb tests, in San Francisco Bay being prepared for sinking after efforts to wash off the radioactivity were unsuccessful, Jan 1951
Independence showing atomic bomb damage off Bikini Islands, 1 Jul 1946, photo 2 of 2USS Independence, damaged in atomic bomb tests, in San Francisco Bay being prepared for sinking after efforts to wash off the radioactivity were unsuccessful, Jan 1951
2015 computer enhanced sonar image of the sunken USS Independence in 2,600 feet of water off Half Moon Bay, California. Note that the colors are to better show the features and are not the true colors of the wreck.
2015 computer enhanced sonar image of the sunken USS Independence in 2,600 feet of water off Half Moon Bay, California. Note that the colors are to better show the features and are not the true colors of the wreck.
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"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You win the war by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country!"

George Patton, 31 May 1944