|Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Office of the Chief of
Naval History Division . Washington
USS Kasaan Bay (CVE-69)
An eastern inlet on Prince of Wales Island off southern coast of
(CVE-69: dp. 7,800; l. 512'3"; b. 65'; ew. 108'1"; dr. 22'6"; s. 18 k.; cpl.
856; a. 1 5", 16 40mm., 20 20mm.; cl. Casablanca)
Kasaan Bay (CVE-69) was classified ACV-69 on 20 August 1942, launched
as CVE-69 on 24 October 1943 by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash., under a
Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. R. W. Morse; and acquired and
commissioned by the Navy 4 December 1943, Captain B. E. Grow in command.
Kasaan Bay reported for duty late in December and 8 January 1944
departed San Francisco with a cargo of planes and passengers for Pearl Harbor.
Upon returning to San Diego she sailed for Norfolk, arriving 28 February for an
overhaul and operations along the East Coast. On 28 May, she departed New York in
company of Tulagi (CVE-72) and Mission Bay (CVE-59) with a cargo
of planes for Casablanca, returning to New York 17 June with 342 survivors of
Block Island, torpedoed 29 May.
The escort carrier departed Quonset Point, R.I., 30 June and arrived in Oran 10
July. Throughout July she engaged in ASW patrol and flight operations in the
Mediterranean before rehearsing for the assault on Southern France. Kasaan
Bay departed Malta 12 August, and 3 days later arrived in the invasion area
of the French Riviera. Planes from the carrier bombed and strafed German
positions, destroying hundreds of enemy vehicles and tanks and downing two enemy
aircraft over the beach. She completed her assignment 30 August and departed
Oran, Algeria, 6 September, arriving Norfolk 12 days later.
Following a cruise carrying planes to Casablanca in late October, Kasaan
Bay was assigned to the Pacific Fleet and arrived San Diego 2 January 1945.
During January she sailed to Pearl Harbor, Guam, and Ulithi with planes and
replacements for other ships of the Fast Carrier Task Force.
The escort carrier returned to Pearl Harbor 14 February and immediately
commenced training operations for air groups and replacement pilots. Kasaan
Bay continued this duty until early June when she was assigned ASW patrols
in the shipping lanes between the Marshalls and Marianas protecting the fleet's
supply line during its final assault on Japan's defenses.
When hostilities ended 14 August, Kasaan Bay returned to Guam where
she was assigned "Magic-Carpet" duty. She departed Saipan 13 September with her
first group of returning veterans arriving San Diego 30 September. For the next
3 months she made three cruises to Hawaii and the Philippines to transport
homeward bound troop. to the United States.
The escort carrier returned to San Francisco 28 December and sailed for the
East Coast 29 January 1946, arriving in Boston 22 February. She decommissioned 6
July 196 and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. While in reserve, Kasaan
Bay was reclassified CVHE-69 on 12 June 1955. She was sold for scrap 2
Kasaan Bay received one battle star for World War II service.