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Natoma Bay

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassCasablanca-class Escort Carrier
Hull NumberCVE-62
BuilderKaiser Vancouver Shipyard
Laid Down17 Jan 1943
Launched20 Jul 1943
Commissioned14 Oct 1943
Decommissioned20 May 1946
Displacement7,800 tons standard; 10,400 tons full
Length512 feet
Beam65 feet
Draft22 feet
MachineryTwo Skinner, Uniflow engines with two screws
Power Output9,000 shaft horsepower
Speed19 knots
Armament1x5-in Anti-aircraft, 8x40mm, 12x20mm


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Escort Carrier Natoma Bay (CVE-62) Interactive Map


USS Natoma Bay and USS Anzio at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, United States, 29 Aug 1947

Natoma Bay Operational Timeline

20 Jul 1943 US escort carrier Natoma Bay was launched.
14 Oct 1943 Natoma Bay was commissioned into service.
20 May 1946 Natoma Bay was decommissioned from service.

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
30 Jun 2012 08:06:39 PM

yes my name is randy lester my father sever the uss natoma bay in 1943 he was a fire frigther on the boat and i would like a pic of the boat we lost a pic of the boat in a house fire early 60s.
2. Richard Gilleland says:
4 Oct 2013 08:50:03 PM

Where can I obtain a list of crewmen who served aboard the U.S.S. Natoma Bay my father served on her and it would be great to see his name on the list. His name was Orval Gilleland. I do not know his rank at the time.
3. Ron Walker says:
9 Jan 2015 09:48:53 AM

My father was on the ship Delmar Walker
4. Gary Slatcher says:
17 Apr 2015 03:17:06 PM

My father, E.G. Gary Slatcher served aboard the Natoma Bay. He was a cook.
5. Mike Yancey says:
20 Mar 2017 05:40:19 PM

My dad Doyle Yancey served on the Natoma Bay. He was a machinist mate.
6. Steven Duane Hess/Fletcher says:
7 Apr 2018 01:26:05 PM

My father Galley Fletcher was on the Natoma Bay from 8/44 to 8/45. I would like a crew list with his name on it, a picture of him on board, and any other info. I can reimburse for materials. Galley was stationed first in San Diego at Coronado Heights.
7. Cathy Worley says:
27 Dec 2018 11:20:16 AM

Bill Worley my father, was a radio man in the Avengers from March 1942-March 1945 .I would appreciate any info or pictures.
8. Shelly says:
5 May 2019 12:13:43 AM

My dad served on the USS natoma bay. His name was Thomas a Skelton. I’m curious for any info like a log book of crew names etc
9. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
5 May 2019 09:10:28 PM

Shelly (above):
The list of crew names you are asking about are called Muster Rolls. They are online at Fold3.com they exist as paper document held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). According to Natoma Bay’s Muster Rolls, Seaman 1st-class Thomas Abner Skelton, service number 377 13 94, came aboard 3 Jan 1944 at San Diego and was still listed on the Oct 1945 Rolls, after the war ended. Those records also list his enlistment date as 9 Oct 1942 at San Francisco. His service record should have more information and I strongly encourage anyone to request a copy. See https://ww2db.com/faq/#3.
10. Chris McGrady says:
8 Jun 2020 11:03:32 PM

While serving as a chief on USS Aaron Ward DD 483 my grandfather John Sterling McGrady was wounded in Guadalcanal night battle. Transferred to Natoma Bay following Ward’s sinking.
I have no information as to his duties on the Natoma Bay. Can you help? Thx
11. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
9 Jun 2020 03:37:17 PM

Chris McGrady (above):
John S. McGrady is listed in the Natoma Bay Muster Rolls as a plank owner (member of the commissioning crew) and his rating is listed as CTM, which is Chief Torpedomans Mate. Torpedoes were high maintenance items and torpedomen handled, maintained, and readied the torpedoes for deployment. Aboard Aaron Ward, torpedoes were deck launched from torpedo tubes but from Natoma Bay, they would have been loaded into torpedo bomber aircraft.
12. Chris McGrady says:
11 Jun 2020 08:12:52 AM

What were the duties of Commissions Crew? My dad seems to think he ended up being on an aircraft possibly a tail gunner. Sadly I cannot ask him. He passed when I was very young.
Thank you for your help!!!

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