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USS Saratoga CV3
Saratoga (with black stripe) at Puget Sound Navy Yard,
 alongside Lexington and Langley in 1929 

The mysterious "Wood" photographer took an aerial shot of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in the brief period in 1941 when the Enetai and Willapa went into service on the Bremerton route or after WWII.  After December 7th, 1941, cameras or even binoculars weren't allowed anywhere near the shipyard.  Black Ball even printed that warning on their ferry schedules, advising travelers not to bring either item on board or they would be confiscated.     Vintage Pacific Northwest
NO, the Saratoga was not there yet.
She was in the Pacific when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 and took part in the abortive Wake Island relief expedition later in that month. While operating in the Hawaiian area on 11 January 1942, she was struck by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine, necessitating several months of repairs, during which her eight-inch guns were replaced by the more useful 5"/38 dual purpose type.

Saratoga returned to action in June 1942, in time for reinforcement operations immediately following the Battle of Midway. She was next engaged in supporting the Guadalcanal Operation in August 1942, including participation in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Another enemy submarine torpedo hit on 31 August put her in the repair yard for two months.

The carrier was back in the South Pacific war zone in December 1942, spending the next year in that area. In November 1943, her planes made devastating raids on the Japanese base at Rabaul and supported the Gilberts operation later in the month. In January and February 1944 Saratoga took part in the invasion of the Marshall Islands. She then was sent to join the British Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean and participated in raids on Japanese positions in the East Indies during April and May 1944. An overhaul from June to September prepared her for employment training aviators for night operations. In February 1945, she carried night fighters during the Iwo Jima invasion and raids on the Japanese home islands. Several Kamikaze suicide plane hits on 21 February caused serious damage and casualties, sending her back to the U.S. for another session in the shipyard.

Saratoga returned to service in May, again taking on a training role that lasted until Japan's surrender. Beginning in September 1945, she transported servicemen from the Pacific back to the United States as part of Operation "Magic Carpet". Too old for retention in the post-war fleet, Saratoga was then assigned to target duty for the atomic bomb tests at Bikini, in the Marshall Islands. She survived the first blast, on 1 July 1946, but sank after the 25 July underwater test. USS Saratoga still lies beneath the waters of Bikini atoll, where she is occasionally visited by divers.

USS Saratoga, a 33,000-ton aircraft carrier, was converted from the battle cruiser Saratoga (CC-3) while under construction at Camden, New Jersey. Commissioned in November 1927, as the second of the Navy's initial pair of fully capable aircraft carriers, Saratoga spent the years before World War II taking part in exercises, training aviators and generally contributing to the development of carrier techniques and doctrine.

November - Echo - Lima - Bravo
CALL SIGN
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Defense Service Medal ("Fleet" clasp)
2nd Row: American Campaign Medal /
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8 stars) /
 World War II Victory Medal

I created this page after moving into a Senior Citizen
Apartment. While walking through our community
I came to a CV3 Navy Cap adorning a doorway.
It had belonged to SN2 JAMES "EARL" McELROY
After some research, I found that Earl's
Life time occupation was the same as mine.
We are Telephone Company Guys. :)


Named after the Battle of Saratoga. On 17 October 1777, a British Army led by General John Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga, N.Y., to American troops under General Horatio Gates. This was the first significant American military victory during the Revolutionary War and induced France to recognize the independence of the United States and enter the war as America's ally. Four previous US warships had borne this name.
Specifications   (As built, 1927)
Displacement (design): 36,000 tons standard; 38,746 tons
Dimensions (wl): 850' x 105' 5.25" x 24' 3"   /   259.1 x 32.1 x 7.4 meters
Dimensions (max.): (As of November 1944) 910' 1.75" x 130' 1.5"   /   277.4 x 39.7 meters
Armor: 7"-5" belt; 2" protective (3rd) deck; 3" (flat)-4.5" (slopes) over steering gear
Power plant: 16 boilers (300 psi); geared turbines and electric drive;
4 shafts; 180,000 shp (design)
Speed: 33.25+ knots
Endurance (design): 10,000 nautical miles @ 10 knots
Armament: 4 twin 8"/55 gun mounts; 12 single 5"/25 gun mounts
Aircraft: 90
Aviation facilities: 2 elevators; 1 flywheel catapult
Crew: 2,122 (ship's company + air wing)

USS Saratoga (CV-3) in Puget Sound, Washington, following overhaul, 7 September 1944. Note her unique camouflage scheme, Measure 32 Design 11A. By this time she had been fitted with numerous 40-mm/56-cal Bofors mounts. The Mk.37 directors were now equipped with Mk.12/22 radars.  Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives (# 19-N-72626).  (Thanks to Robert Hurst, who provided additional info).   by NHC   NAVSOURCE

Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington. Aerial photograph taken in the mid-1930s. Alongside the pier in center are the aircraft tender (ex-collier) Jason (AV-2), laid up in 1932 and sold in 1936, and the crane ship Kearsarge. Also present are the aircraft carriers Lexington (CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3), the latter with her distinctive funnel stripe.  U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph (# NH 45236).  by NHC
USS Lexington (CV-2), left, and USS Saratoga (CV-3), right, moored at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 22 September 1928. Note Sara had a walkway on the face of her stack-one of the few distinguishing features between these otherwise nearly identical twins.  by Robert M. Cieri
The skipper of the USS Kawishiwi AO-146 (71-72) Capt. John Bilderback was an enlisted man on the Saratoga at the beginning of WW2.  He told of pulling into Pearl Harbor shortly after the attack and seeing the carnage. By Andy Bullions