USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)

USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)

USS "Bunker Hill" (CV-17) was an Although badly crippled, "Bunker Hill" managed to return to Bremerton via Pearl Harbor.

Kiyoshi Ogawa, flying the second "Zero", hit "Bunker Hill" on May 11, 1945.] "Bunker Hill" received the Presidential Unit Citation for the period 11 November 1943 to 11 May 1945. In addition, she received 11 battle stars for her World War II service.


In September "Bunker Hill" reported for duty with the "Operation Magic Carpet" fleet, returning veterans from the Pacific. She remained on this duty as a unit of TG 16.12 until January 1946, when she was ordered to Bremerton for deactivation. She was decommissioned into reserve on 9 January 1947.

While laid up, she was reclassified three times, becoming CVA-17 in October 1952, CVS-17 in August 1953 and AVT-9 in May 1959, the latter designation indicating that any future commissioned duty would be as an aircraft transport. As all "Essex"-class carriers survived the war, the peacetime navy had no need for the services of "Bunker Hill". She and sister ship USS|Franklin|CV-13|2, which also had sustained severe damage from aerial attack, were the only carriers in their class that did not see active duty after the end of World War II, despite being repaired. Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in November 1966, "Bunker Hill" was used as a stationary electronics test platform at San Diego during the 1960s and early 1970s. She was sold for scrapping in May 1973.

ee also

* List of aircraft carriers and list of aircraft carriers of the United States Navy
* List of World War II ships

External links

* [ CV-17 Personnel Roster at]

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