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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

Started by Albert H. Murray. Last reply by Robert Carl Edward King Oct 23, 2015. 1 Reply

1979-82 Aboard Coral Maru

Started by Robert E.Chester. Last reply by Paul F. Rosscup Jun 18, 2014. 1 Reply

Looking for shipmates

Started by WILLIAM (Bill) HOLLANDER. Last reply by Don Lee Mathis Feb 15, 2014. 7 Replies

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Comment by Thom Rigg on June 5, 2014 at 10:44am

If you're ever down in Northern Nevada drop me a line on here.  We'll have to get together and tell each other lies about how great Navy life was.  Take care.  E-mail is

Comment by L. Michael Barney on June 5, 2014 at 1:09am

Idaho.  Lived in SoCal for 30 years, retired back home in southern Idaho.  Good to hear from you, my friend.  

Comment by Thom Rigg on June 4, 2014 at 8:38pm

Wow!  Never expected a response from anybody.  Good to hear from you.  Talked to Tom Macinenny (really spelled bad) a few years ago in Reno and see Bill Kamps from time to time.  Currently in Carson City, NV.  Where are you?

Comment by L. Michael Barney on June 4, 2014 at 8:05pm

Hey, Rigg!  I was with you on the Cora Sea.  I was a journalist at AFRTS during your stay, ran the TV station.  Good to see you're alive and kicking!  What a leader was Captain Ferris, huh?  

Comment by Jeanette Vaughan on June 4, 2014 at 6:16pm

You guys would seriously love SOLO VIETNAM, all about the WestPac cruise of 67-68  Features the crew and an A-4 Skyhawk pilot.  Several of the guys at the reuion loved it!   It just got another winning 5 star review. You can find the book here: SOLO VIETNAM on Amazon   I would be honored to have you all read it!


Comment by Thom Rigg on June 4, 2014 at 5:42pm

Served aboard from May of 1968 through May of 1971.  Was YN1 in Ship's Legal office.  Jim Ferris was Captain, then Wesley Macdonald and finally Sam Gorsline.  Captain Ferris passed away a few years back.

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.


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