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USS Coral Sea CVA-43

USS Coral Sea (CV/CVB/CVA-43), a Midway-class aircraft carrier, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the Battle of the Coral Sea. She earned the affectionate nickname "Ageless Warrior" through her long career.

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Comment by Paul F. Rosscup on March 20, 2014 at 6:07pm

I just remembered the Capt's name when I was aboad the Coral Sea. It was Richard Dunlevy. One heck of a leader and person.

Comment by Paul F. Rosscup on March 20, 2014 at 12:58pm

I was part of Ships Company from 12/80-4/82. I did one WESTPAC while working up in the Paraloft on the 02 level, right outside the Admirals Quarters. She was a great ole' gal and out of the 4 carriers I spent any time on, I consider the time I spent on her as the best. I can't remember the Captains name, but he was AWESOME!! He used to just pop in to the loft and just hang out & shoot the s*** with us. A way cool guy.

Comment by Jeanette Vaughan on October 10, 2013 at 4:44pm

Hello everyone!  Hoping to see you all at the USS Coral Sea reunion this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska!   See you with bells on!  USS Coral Sea Reunion Information

Comment by Andrew S Earnest on March 2, 2013 at 1:47pm

I was attached to VF-111 Sundowners on the 75 Westpack cruise and then  years later got orders to VA-55 also on board CV-43 for the 86 Med cruise.

Comment by Michael R. Littlejohn on February 24, 2013 at 11:31pm

As a matter of fact Darrell, 2 buddies and I borrowed his truck one weekend to drive to Waynesboro to go skiing and visit one of their families. Between Charletesville and Waynesboro, we hit an iced over bridge and the truck went out of control. The truck was damaged pretty good. We were scared out of our wits to let him know, but he took it pretty good. Whew... And therefor, I am still alive.

Comment by Michael R. Littlejohn on February 24, 2013 at 11:15pm

Yes Darrell, that was Curtis Price. I just checked my yearbook and I did not see him in there. We hung out a lot together with a airframe/corrosion guy in VA55 - Tim Peyton. Curtiss was a big boy. He did play for Clemson, but blew his knees out. A common mishap for many guys in the college football scene. They are abused by the schools and really get the screwing of their life while the schools make all the money. Honestly, we had it better than they have it today. Sorry to rant about that. But "Tiny' was a really great guy to hang around with. We definitely were an odd pair standing together.  It is funny that you ask about him, I have been in contact with Tim Peyton quite many times over the last few years and we were recently talking about him. It would be great to hear how he is doing.

Comment by rodney f fama II on February 24, 2013 at 9:37pm

duan kustra i believe he was a air framer 

Comment by rodney f fama II on February 24, 2013 at 9:27pm

i was attached the  coral sea from 1985-1990  in  va-55 the war horses. if any one has photos of va 55's a6's i would be thankful if you would share them..  i also have to say the ageless warrior  should of  had  a better fait than how she ended up. 

Comment by Michael R. Littlejohn on February 24, 2013 at 1:04pm

I joined on Coral Sea with VA-55 for the cruise when we struck Khadafi. I flew into Naples for the first port visit right out of VA-42 FRAMP. I also made the 87/88 Hollywood cruise. What an experience that was. Something like 40 days at sea. I loved that boat, we wanted to keep her going. My sea tour was up and I really wish I could have made the decom of her.

Comment by terry l barentsen on January 24, 2013 at 3:38pm

aboard late 69 til discharge,but tad to armed forces police,seattle and afp san francisco,china town


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