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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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Coral Sea

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1979-82 Aboard Coral Maru

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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

Comment by Frank Tremont on June 10, 2012 at 4:19pm

Served on theCoral Sea from 67 to 69 mat two West-Pacs to Viet-Nam,. I was a Radarmen 1C and was a Strike Air and Intercept controller. on Yankey Station.

Comment by Richard Oropeza on February 14, 2012 at 11:17pm

My cousin AQ3 Steven Mendoza was on the Coral Sea in the early seventies....anyone remember him?

Comment by Dennis A. Tripp Jr. on August 8, 2011 at 6:47pm
I was with VA-55 and served on the Coral Sea from '84-'87.  My very 1st tour, straight out of "A" school.  Was onboard for the collision in the Carribean and the 3 carrier battle group, (Coral Sea, America, and Saratoga)  conflict with Libya's "Line of Death". 
Comment by Lawrence "Ski" Gorski on May 1, 2011 at 5:21pm
I learned how to make liquid oxygen in '68 and sent to the Coral Maru in February '69. I spent 2 1/2 years in #2 Engine Room (so much for my O2 training). I finished the cruise she was on then, going to Sidney before coming home. I made another WesPac on her before transferring in May of '71. I learned a lot down in that Engine Room.

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