USS Wright (CVL-49)










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Entry: 93948
Subject: USS WRIGHT - SMN ROBERT E. SWINGLE

Kim Keck wrote on November 9, 2016


City and State: LAWTON OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I recently located a photo of my deceased father who served on the U.S.S. Wright. He is with a group of Sailors and the entry reads, " Honey Dippers, Medd. Cruise 1953". The men are located around an aircraft with the Number 13 located on the front near the propeller. I would be happy to post the photo for anyone interested.

Keywords: U.S.S. Wright



Entry: 92877
Subject: U.S.S. WRIGHT, CVL 49

Samuel Andrews SR. wrote on March 18, 2016


City and State: BLANCHARD OK

Unit: A DIVISON

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: From YOG-86, Pointe Molate, Richmond, CA to U.S.S. Wright CVL 49 at Philly Shipyard then shakedown cruise to Cuba then Newport News before transiting the Panama Canal. SanDiego for supply's. Departed for Far East with Marine squadron of AD's via Pearl Harbor to Yokosuka, Japan. Operated out of both coasts with several missions off Korea with the Seventh Fleet. A recovery mission to YagaShima with the U.S.S. Carson AVP 37 for a Navy Patrol Bomber. To HongKong and back to Japan before departing for San Diego.

Keywords: A Division, After Diesel with Jackie B. Simmons, Belle, W.V., Joseph H. Andrews of Buffalo, N.Y.
Bill White, Rockwall, Texas., Atch Atchison, Plant, FL.



Entry: 90473
Subject: WITNESS FOR FLIGHT DECK CRASH

Patrick Jolly wrote on January 26, 2015


City and State:

Unit: VARIOUS USN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I'm trying to find anyone who witnessed an F8F crash on the flight deck in the early 1950s. The tailhook broke and the plane crashed into the radar tower aft of the bridge. I'm helping the veteran with a VA claim and need to verify the event. I can be reached at Patrick.jolly@countyofnapa.org. Thank you.

Keywords: crash, flight deck, tailhook



Entry: 88884
Subject: GUNNER'S MATE - COOK

Rodney Preissler JR. wrote on May 12, 2014


City and State: WESTOVER MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anyone who knew my Father. Rodney Preissler Sr. He served on USS WRIGHT from approximately '52-55.

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Entry: 87757
Subject: USS WRIGHT

Harold Baldauff wrote on November 19, 2013


City and State: SHELBYVILLE TN

Unit: DECK FORCE AND QUARTERMASTER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Served aboard the USS WRIGHT from 1953 until early 55. From Scranton,Pa. I was the ships Bugler and worked as a yeomen in the personnel office. Also in the Captains office on the Bridge......kept ship's log and helmsman on occasion. I remember Seals T. Glenn from Cedar town Ga. and a guy called Carmen giamis or something like that from New York.....he was a singing dude.....Oh and a guy named Snow from somewhere near Chicago I believe. Wish everyone well. Also had to take asbestos off some of the pipes on board....probably the cause of my lung troubles now. Enjoyed the tour

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Entry: 83861
Subject: HOWARD BOULETTE

Melissa Rees wrote on August 10, 2012


City and State: CAMERON NC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My Grandfather is Howard Boulette. He served in the
Korean War from 1952-1956 on the USS Wright. He has
been in a soldiers home for a long time and is
getting ready to pass away. I just wanted to see if
anyone remembers him and any stories that they may
have. He is such a wonderful father, grandfather and
will be missed.

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Entry: 67412
Subject: USS WRIGHT CVL 49

Richard Herrmann wrote on October 4, 2008


City and State: FORT MYERS FL

Unit: SUPPLY DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Served from about 10-51 until 2-55
left ship as a carrier in 1955 in Long Beach
Naval Shipyard Probably knew Ted Craig if he
was a tall fellow I believe from Mid-west???

Keywords: Bill Johnson, Wes Koontz,



Entry: 60072
Subject: USS WRIGHT CVL 49

Linda Sindell wrote on February 19, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Interested to know about my dad, Myron Sindell, during his navy years. I know he was on the USS Wright. If you knew him, would appreciate any stories.

Keywords: USS wright cvl 49



Entry: 57481
Subject: OUT OF ANACOSTIA NAS

Bob Keeler wrote on June 2, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: LEAGUE CITY TX

Unit: FASRON 51

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I served aboard the Wright for approx one and a half weeks in early 50's assisting the carrier qualification landings of reserve pilots (TBM and F4U aircraft). I was inlisted - worked in the radio shack - no radio shack on board - spent the time as a deck ape. My squadron was FASRON 51 out of NAS Anacostia in Washington, D.C.

Keywords: Early 50's



Entry: 56071
Subject: USS WRIGHT

Joseph p. Curry JR. wrote on March 3, 2006


City and State: PALM DESERT CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Was station on the Wright from mid 1952 to january 1953 my rate was rd 2 at the time and i worked in cic

Keywords: uss wright cvl 49



Entry: 50049
Subject: USS WRIGHT HELMET FIND VANPELT

Rene Nezhoda wrote on April 8, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Hi!

I saw your story on the USS Wright very interesting.

I found a very interesting piece at a Estate Sale.

It’s a Helmet and reads the following.

USS WRIGHT

(CC-2)

Executive ( A Logo ) Officer

CDR. W. V. VANPELT

Any info what that helmet might be or does that name ring a bell.

Best Regards
Rene Nezhoda

Keywords: Vanpelt USS WRIGHT



Entry: 43347
Subject: USS WRIGHT REUNION

James E. McInturff wrote on May 30, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: This years reunion will be at the
Red Lion Hotel in Vancouver, Wash. on Sept.15th to the 19th.

Keywords: USS Wright CVL49 Photographer



Entry: 37059
Subject: USS WRIGHT CVL-49

Jackye Scott wrote on September 21, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: looking for anyone who may have been on duty with my father James B. Scott during CVL-49 Mediterranean Cruise. Have so little info about his Navy career. Thanks

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Entry: 37058
Subject: USS WRIGHT CVL-49

Jackye Scott wrote on September 21, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: looking for anyone who may have been on duty with my father James B. Scott during CVL-49 Mediterranean Cruise. Have so little info about his Navy career. Thanks

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Entry: 35477
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ON LEWIS LEON LOMBARD

John Lombard wrote on July 13, 2003


City and State: SALISBURY NC

Unit: USS WRIGHT CVL-49

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandfather was on the Cruise of '54. He was a signalman or navigator. He put the flags and/or banners out on the bridge. If anyone has info on him please let me know...he past away about 4 years ago now and he never talked about the Navy. Thanks

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Entry: 32677
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ON JIM GEORGE FROM PA

Sandy Hause wrote on March 11, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: EMPORIUM PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone who remembers serving with my father Jim George from Emporium PA, who was on the USS Wright during the Korean Conflict.
I believe he served right after graduating from high school in 1950. I know he was in different European countries, and spent a lot of time in Italy. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who remembers him. He passed away August 24, 2000.

Keywords: USS Wright
Korean Conflict
1950-1954 or 1955



Entry: 27926
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ON DAVID E. HUGHLETT

Kim Hughlett Rouse wrote on August 30, 2002


City and State: ANNAPOLIS MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for any information on my deceased father, David Edward Hughlett, who served as a navigator on the USS Wright in the late 60's.

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Entry: 26597
Subject: ATTEMPTING TO MAKE CONTACT

Art Dingee wrote on June 28, 2002


City and State: WEST PALM BEACH FL

Unit: USS WRIGHT CVL - 49

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 24870
Subject: CAT GANG V1 DIV

Sid Barker wrote on April 21, 2002


City and State: FORKED RIVER NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: She was a rough riding boat, Especially durning typhoon olga.

Keywords: skip rolands (deceased) Sobel cat crew,any air dept crew member



Entry: 24303
Subject: ROBERT HENISE BT3 49 TO 54

Robert Henise wrote on March 27, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: FELTON PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Like to hear from old ship mates

Keywords: B.T. Oil King



Entry: 20386
Subject: YOKOSUKA-SAN DIEGO 10/54

Mernon Lollich wrote on November 5, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Was a transient in Wright (10/54) on way home for discharge, assigned to sickbay. Served as corpsman at USNH Yokosuka, surgical team Korea and USNAG Pusan 12/52 - 10/54. Would like to hear from any corpsmen aboard Wright around that time.

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Entry: 20243
Subject: 10/51-9/52 MACHINIST FWD ENG ROOM

Robert Thompson wrote on October 29, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: LAWRENCEBURG KY

Unit: USS WRIGHT CVL-49

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was aboard the USS Wright from October 1951 to
September 1952. I was a Machinist and served in the forward engine room.

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Entry: 7228
Subject: USS WRIGHT CVL-49

Ted Craig wrote on February 27, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Would be glad to hear from anyone who served on the Wright during this time.

Keywords: Served aboard the USS Wright CVL-49 from March 1951 till August 1955
Storekeeper 2nd class at time of discharge at
Sacramento, CA
Nickname: "Deacon"



Entry: 5004
Subject: SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 16, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

Unit: USS GRASP (ARS-24) USS BOLSTER (ARS-38)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:


NOTE: ALTHOUGH THE USS WRIGHT (CVL-49) WAS IN COMMISSION DURING THE KOREAN WAR, SHE NEVER SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR ZONE DURING THE HOSTILITIES.


USS WRIGHT (CVL-49)


Displacement: 14,500 t.
Length: 684'
Beam: 76'9"
Extreme Width: 115'
Draft: 28'
Speed: 33 k.
Complement: 1,787
Armament: 40 40mm
Aircraft: 50+
Class: Saipan


Following refresher training in Cuban waters, Wright returned to Norfolk on 1 August 1949 and, four days later, shifted to Newport, R.I., for two weeks of antisubmarine warfare (ASW) training in the Narragansett Bay area with submarines and destro yers. She also visited New York City before taking up a steady schedule of carrier qualifications, air defense tactics and exercises out of Quonset Point, R.I.; Key West and Pensacola, Fla. But for 10 days of maneuvers with the 2d Task Fleet from 21 to 31 October 1949, she continued that duty until 7 January 1951, when she embarked the last increment of personnel from Fighter Squadron (VF) 14 for temporary duty.


Wright then sailed from Norfolk on 11 January with a fast carrier task group and reached Gibraltar on the 21st for her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. Wright's first Mediterranean deployment took her from Gibraltar to Oran, Algeria. She proceeded thence to Augusta Bay, Sicily; Suda Bay, Crete; Beirut, Lebanon; and Golfe Juan, France--her replenishment and liberty ports during the never-ending cycle of fleet training and readiness exercises with the 6th Fleet.


Departing Golfe Juan on 19 March, Wright made port at Newport on the 31st. The carrier later entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and underwent an overhaul there before she took part in Atlantic Fleet maneuvers out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; engaged in ASW tactics and carrier operations in Narragansett Bay, received further repairs at the Boston Naval Shipyard, and participated in a convoy exercise that ran from 25 February to 21 March 1952; and ranged from Newport to waters of the Panama Canal Zone and Trinidad in the British West Indies.


As flagship for Carrier Division (CarDiv) 14, Wright sailed on 9 June 1952 in company with four destroyers forming Task Group (TG) 81.4 for ASW operations along the Atlantic seaboard until the 27th, when the ships arrived at New York City. Returning to Quonset Point on 1 July, Wright trained units of the organized naval reserves concurrently with hunter-killer tactics and pilot training in operations out of Narragansett Bay until 26 August. On that day, she set course from Quonset Point and later rendezvoused with Vice Admiral Felix B. Stump's 2d Task Fleet en route to northern Europe for combined defense exercises and maneuvers with naval units of other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) navies.


En route, Wright, escorted by Forrest Royal, was detached to ferry men and gear of Marine Night Fighter Squadron (VMF(N)) 114 to Port Lyautey, French Morocco, an operation she completed on 4 September. Two days later, Wright and her escort rejoined the task force; and they reached the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, on the 10th.


Three days later, Wright put to sea with two British destroyers acting as her plane guard for NATO Operation "Mainbrace." She conducted air defense maneuvers and tactics evolutions with the British carriers HMS Illustrious (R-87) and HMS Eagle (R-05) en route to Rotterdam, Holland, where the force arrived on the 25th. On 29 September, Wright departed Rotterdam, bound for the United States, and arrived at Newport on 9 October.


That day, she embarked Rear Admiral W. L. Erdman, Commander, Carrier Division 4, and spent the next few months engaged in carrier qualification duties in waters ranging from Newport to the Virginia capes, before she began her second deployment to the Mediterranean. She reached Golfe Juan on 21 February 1953 and operated with the 6th Fleet until 31 March, when she sailed for home, via the Azores.


Wright returned to Newport and, after a rigorous schedule of training in Narragansett Bay, sailed on 5 May for the Gulf of Mexico. During that training cruise, she visited Houston, Tex., where she hosted some 14,000 visitors on 16 and 17 May. Returning to Quonset Point on 28 May, Wright operated locally for another month before shifting south for a stint of operations out of Mayport, Fla.


Wright was overhauled at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 31 July to 21 November and then conducted refresher training in Cuban waters from 4 January to 16 February 1954. Next, after departing Davisville, R.I., on 5 April, Wright sailed for the Far East--via the Panama Canal, San Diego, Calif., and Pearl Harbor--and reached Yokosuka, Japan, on 28 May. The carrier, with Marine Attack Squadron 211 embarked, operated with the 7th Fleet off both coasts of Korea and also off Okinawa before she visited Hong Kong from 24 to 30 September. Departing Yokosuka on 15 October, Wright arrived at San Diego on the last day of October and entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard where she remained until 23 February 1955.



From: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS

Keywords: VF 14, 6TH FLEET, MEDITERRANEAN, CARRIER DIVISION 14, NATO, USS FORREST ROYAL (DD-872), VMF(N)114, HMS ILLUSTRIOUS (R-87), HMS EAGLE (R-05), CARRIER DIVISION 4, MARINE ATTACK SQUADRON 211, 7TH FLEET, PEACE PATROL







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