Originally commissioned on Nov. 8, 1942, USS Card was named for the sound by the same name located south of Miami, Florida. Her first run was to ferry aircraft and troops to North Africa in May and early June 1943. In July, she was made a flagship in one of the anti-submarine groups of the North Atlantic. The idea was to take an offensive stance against the German U-boats. And she was successful. In a period of three months, Card and her group accounted for eight confirmed U-boat kills (July to October). In December she went back on the hunt but one of her escorts was sunk by an enemy sub.
After doing transport duty between Norfolk and Casablanca in spring 1944, she returned to submarine hunt in June-July 1944. That cruise landed her another German submarine, U-233. She undertook anti-submarine patrols in the Caribbean but had no hits. She entered the Philadelphia Naval Yard for upgrades in February 1945.
She then began transporting aircraft and personnel to England. She was also used for carrier qualifications. She transferred to the Pacific Fleet in summer, 1945. After the war, she was used to bring men and equipment home. She was decommissioned May 13, 1946.
CVE-11 General Specifications
Class: Bogue-class escort carrier
Complement: 890 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 9800 tons
Length: 496 feet
Beam: 69 feet 6 inches
Draft: 26 feet
Final Disposition: Scrapped in Clatskanie Oregon 1971
USS CARD (CVE-11)
Card (ACV-11) was launched as AVG 11
21 February 1942 by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp.
under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. J. Perry;
20 August 1942; and commissioned 8 November
Captain J. B. Sykes in command.
Departing San Diego 18 January 1943
arrived at Hampton Roads 1 February for training in Chesapeake
Bay. She ferried aircraft and troops for the North African invasion
from New York to Casablanca (14 May-1 June) returning to Norfolk 5
July. She was reclassified CVE-11 on 15 July 1943. Card
steamed from Norfolk as flagship of TG 21.14
one of the
hunter-killer groups formed for offensive operations against German
submarines. Her first cruise from 27 July to 10 September 1943 was
very successful. Her planes sank U-117 on 7 August in
38°21' W.; U-664 on 9 August in
37°29' W.; U-525 on 11 August in
38°55' W.; and U-847 on 27 August in
37°58' W. Her second cruise from 25 September to
9 November provided even more lucrative hunting. Planes from Card
spotted a nest of four submarines refueling 4 October and sank
two of them: U-460 in 43°13' N.
U-422 in 43°18' N.
28°58'W. Nine days later in
U-402 fell victim to aircraft
from Card . Her airplanes added another submarine to their
score on 31 October when they sank U-584
in 49°14' N.
31°55' W. The fifth and final kill of the cruise was made on 1
November by one of Card 's escorts. After a violent
close-range surface action
Borie (DD 215) rammed and sank
U-405 in 50°12' N.
30°48' W. Too badly damaged to
Borie had to be sunk by one of the other escorts.
For her outstanding antisubmarine activities from 27 July to 25
Card and her task group were awarded the
Presidential Unit Citation.
Card began her third hunter-killer
cruise 24 November heading for the North Atlantic. Late on 23
December the group ran into a wolf pack; Card had 12
contacts in 5 hours. Schenck (DD-159) sank U-645 in
but one of the other escorts
Leary (DD 158) was sunk by the combined efforts of three
submarines in 45°00' N.
22°00' W. Card dodged
submarines all night with only Decatur (DD-341) as screen
while Schenck rescued survivors from Leary . The task
group returned to Norfolk 2 January 1944.
From 18 March to 17 May Card operated
on transport duty between Norfolk and Casablanca
overhaul until 4 June when she steamed for Quonset Point to hold
pilot qualification exercises. She returned to Norfolk 21 June to
serve as the nucleus of TG 22.10. The hunter-killer unit departed
Norfolk 25 June and on 5 July two of her escorts
(DE-102) and Baker (DE-190)
sank U-233 in 42°16'
59°49' W. Thirty survivors including the fatally wounded
commanding officer of the submarine were taken on board Card
who put them ashore at Boston the next day.
Her next antisubmarine cruise was in the
Caribbean and uneventful (10 July - 23 August). She sortied 18
September as flagship of TG 22.2 for patrol off the Azores during
which she cooperated with British Escort Group 9 to attack a
submarine 12 October. After another patrol with TG 22.2 (1 December
1944 - 22 January 1945)
Card entered Philadelphia Naval
Shipyard for overhaul until 7 February
then transported Army
aircraft and Army and Navy personnel to Liverpool
Norfolk 12 March. From 21 March to 24 May Card was based on
conducting carrier pilot qualifications. She ferried
men and aircraft to Guantanamo Bay (21-24 June)
then transited the
Panama Canal to transport materiel to Pearl Harbor and Guam
returning to San Diego 14 August 1945. Assigned to "Magic Carpet"
she made two voyages to Pearl Harbor and one to the western
Pacific from 21 August to 16 December 1945
returning servicemen to
the west coast. Card departed Alameda 7 January 1946 for the
east coast where she was placed out of commission in reserve at
Norfolk 13 May 1946. She was reclassified CVHE-11
12 June 1955;
1 July 1958; and AKV-40
7 May 1959.
In addition to her Presidential Unit Citation
Card received three battle stars for service in World War
[Note: The above USS CARD (CVE-11) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CARD (CVE-11) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]