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USS America CVA-66

The fifth USS America (CVA/CV-66) was one of four Kitty Hawk-class super carriers built for the United States Navy in the 1960s

Veterans: 55
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Collision at sea

Started by Jack Washburn. Last reply by francis mickey doyle Oct 10, 2013. 1 Reply

1973-75

Started by Jeffrey Marc Nadeau Sr. Apr 24, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by richard alan powers on January 23, 2013 at 3:29pm

i was on america 73 through 77 in va 15 was tad to galley as cook

Comment by Geoffrey McDermott on January 6, 2013 at 12:14am

On America from 10/68 through 09/71 in OP, then OZ, then OE divisions, as a Data Systems Technician, made part of the 68 Nam Cruise, all of the 70 Nam Cruise and most of the the 71 Med cruise.

Comment by Frank Nadeau on December 21, 2012 at 3:50pm

Onboard America from Jan '73 - Jul '76,  Somehow remember running aground on the north side of the channel coming into Pier Echo at NORVA.  Several tugs couldn't push us free, had to wait for high tide,  Captain still made Admiral though.

Comment by Robert Patton on December 13, 2011 at 4:03am

I lost my cruise book also, and believe it or not, I found one in mint condition on E-bay..Might wanna give that a try..worked for me...Also, when at the VA last year, there was a guy who won the purple heart, it's taken all these years to get it put in his service jacket..Good luck

Comment by Jeffrey Duex on December 13, 2011 at 2:26am

Hello, I was stationed on board the USS Vreeland FF-1068 during the Med Cruise of 1986 with the America Battle Group.  I was wondering if any one had the 1985-1986 America Cruise Book.  I had a question about the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation from 1985 Ocean Safari. That was the largest Nato Exercise that had ever taken place. I know that there is a copy of the award letter in the cruise book and was wondering how the wording states for the unit to be awarded.  We were involved with that exercise but never received the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Thanks for your help.

Jeff Duex

Comment by Robert Patton on December 11, 2011 at 2:26pm

America was home for the 80-81 IO cruise..Communcations dept.(RM)...Tons of work and a few lifelong memories!!!!

Comment by Les Gongre on November 15, 2011 at 10:41am

I was in the VA-15 Ordnance shop from 1975 through 1977. Any Navy buddies out there? My email is: northwest_louisiana@yahoo.com.

Comment by James E (Jay) Langley on July 25, 2011 at 10:40pm
America was my first ship.  I was a PH2 working with Heavy 5 and RA5C aircraft.  What a bird !  Did a Med cruse I think the second cruse of America she was new in those days.C.
Comment by B.A Mann on June 5, 2011 at 10:08pm
I BECAME  A SHELLBACK ON HER 81 TO 82..83...DEPLOY...   SQU -VS32
Comment by francis mickey doyle on June 5, 2011 at 8:32pm
i was aboard the uss great sitkin ae 17,from 1965-1967.we were the first ship to re-arm @ sea with the uss america.we were on liberty in livorno itlay in 1966,and the med was very rough,as i was on shore patrol and our liberty boats were too small to back to the sitkin,i was taken aboard the america,i spent three days on her before we anchored,and could go back aboard the sitkin.got lost on that carrier everytime i went to chow,even wound up in the chain locker once.went up to the super-structure to watch the planes land and take off the flight deck@night,AWESOME.i was glad to get back to my ship,even though they wanted to give me a captains mast for being awol for three days,my engineering officer went to the captain and explained what happen at fleet landing and why i had to go to the carrier.something i will always remember,so far it has been 44 years.
 

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