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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.

Veterans: 58
Latest Activity: Aug 14, 2016

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Coral Sea

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Looking for shipmates

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Comment by Armando Cisneros on August 14, 2016 at 12:27am

Reported onboard the Coral Sea in October 1975 at Long Beach, California while she was on dry-dock.  After that we went to Alameda, California.  I was assigned to AIMD hydraulic shop and went on my first WestPac with this great ship, did not think so at the time but I was young and did not know any better.  Went on my first deployment and discovered a new world , had a blast and really enjoyed my first time away from the states.  

Comment by John T. Roberts on June 28, 2016 at 9:48am

February 1976 - November 1976  G-Division Magazine Sprinklers  Worked for AOCS Graves, AO2 Miller

Comment by Leland E. House on June 9, 2016 at 3:49pm

Scrapping the Coral Sea was the costliest venture the US Navy had ever undertaken to scrap a Navy vessel up to that time and if I'm not mistaken, it took seven years to cut her up.  There are four or five carriers currently being scrapped in Texas.  The Forrestal, Ranger and two or three others.  The big "E" is in Newport News and the last I heard a decision was to be made as to where remainder of the work is to be done before she's scrapped.

Comment by Leland E. House on May 28, 2016 at 7:56pm

I served aboard Coral Sea CV-43 from Dec 75 to Sept 76.  She was in Long Beach Naval Shipyard for six months, then went back to Naval Air Station Alameda in May 76. I was an EM1 in "E" Div. and worked in the Distribution Gang for EMC Cooper.

Comment by Wally Elgert on March 21, 2016 at 11:20am

Was aboard from 1968/1972 I was in M Div. # 2 Engine room I remember you Lawrence Gorski I think you where MM2. Back then.


Comment by John Saldana on July 9, 2015 at 4:27pm

Was on the 79-80 cruise with HC-1 Det3, transfered before the World cruise, shame they couldn't keep her as a museum like her sister the Midway.

Comment by Michael A Kartchner on April 25, 2015 at 5:10pm

The Coral Sea was my only duty station, served on ships crew in the Air Department in V-3 division, made 3.25 tours on Yankee Station during my time on board from 1968 to 1972

Comment by Hank Bellomy on January 3, 2015 at 6:36pm

Served in OE Div. as an ET from Dec. 77 to May 1980.

Comment by L. Michael Barney on June 6, 2014 at 10:39pm

You got it brother.  Live well and be safe, my friend.

Comment by Jeanette Vaughan on June 5, 2014 at 11:22am

That's what I love about this brings people together!   Captain Ferris is featured in the book!


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