Wednesday, August 1, 2012


This story is beyond intense - even by WWII standards. "Respect" - S.L.

Norm St. Germain was one of 400 seamen aboard the USS Gambier Bay on October 25, 1944, the day the navy carrier came under intense enemy fire. Outnumbered and unable to escape, the courageous men defended their ship and one another – not knowing whether or not any of them would make it home alive.

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USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) was a Casablanca-class escort carrier of the United States Navy. She was sunk in the Battle off Samar after helping to turn back a much larger attacking Japanese surface force.

Named for Gambier Bay on Admiralty Island in the Alaska Panhandle, she was built and launched by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company in Vancouver, Washington on 22 November 1943 and commissioned at Astoria, Oregon on 28 December 1943, Captain Hugh H. Goodwin in command.

The ship was referred to as the "Bonus Ship" by yard personnel because she was the 19th carrier delivered in 1943. The yard had originally projected 16 carriers would be delivered before the end of 1943, however, in September the Navy asked the yard to increase that number by at least two more. To rally the workers, Kaiser initiated a campaign called "18 or More by '44" to meet the new challenge. Gambier Bay—being the 19th and last Kaiser-built carrier commissioned in 1943—hence was dubbed the "Bonus Ship". No ships in her class survive to this day.


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