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U.S.S. TULAGI

(CVE-72)


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USS Tulagi (CVE-72) was an Casablanca-class aircraft carrier active in World War II in both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets. She was awarded four battle stars for her service. Below are highlights from her missions.

  • She participated in Operation “Dragoon,” the invasion of Southern France. The Allies attacked German forces in and around Cannes and Toulon, with Tulagi’s aircraft flying on 68 missions. Her planes attacked gun emplacements, railway stops, a convoy, and three German transport aircraft.
  • Next, in the Pacific, Tulagi was part of a fleet that saw a great deal of action in January 1945 near the Philippine Islands. She shot down a kamikaze that was intent on destroying her, and launched numerous missions near Lingayen Gulf.
  • Supported the assault on Iwo Jima with air and anti-submarine patrols.
  • While anchored at Kerama Retto, Japan, on April 6, 1945, she was again singled out for attack, this time by a plane that changed course at the last minute and crashed instead into a nearby landing ship. Tulagi prevented two subsequent planes from inflicting further damage on American ships in the harbor.
  • Next, she commenced antisubmarine operations off the coast of Okinawa.

Tulagi was decommissioned in 1946.

CVE-72 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN1943-Keel Date: 7 JUN 1943
at Intermarine USA Savannah Georgia
NOV1943-Launch Date: 15 NOV 1943
DEC1943-Commissioned: 21 DEC 1943
DEC1943-OCT1945Commisioning
AUG1944-OCT1944Invasion of Southern France
JAN1945-FEB1945Liberation of Philippines
FEB1945-MAR1945Invasion of Iwo Jima
MAR1945-JUN1945Invasion of Okinawa
DEC1945-JAN1947Transferred to squadron VPB-101 hurricane hunter & Cold War
APR1946-Decommissioned: 30 APR 1946

CVE-72 General Specifications

Class: Casablanca-class escort carrier

Named for: The Battle of Tulagi

Complement: 860 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7800 tons

Length: 512 feet 3 inches

Beam: 65 feet

Flank Speed: 19 knots