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USS Kitkun Bay (CVE 71) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Kitkun Bay (CVE 71). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 88 crew members registered for the USS Kitkun Bay (CVE 71).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1943 | 1944 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Swann, Loyd Aka Red1944 –loyd red swann is deceased. iam a friend of the family and i am doing this for them. i will add the rest of the info as soon as i get it.
Davis, Glenn HowardMM 1C1944 – 1945?I am the son of Glenn H. Davis who passed away in July 1961 of heart failure. He was a great dad and would like more info on daily life on the Kitty Bay. thanks Leon Davis(age51) I do not know exact rank but he worked in the machine shop. H
Johnson, BufordSIGNALMAN1944 –Buford was my father, who died in 1991. He was always so proud of his time on the Kitkun Bay, and spoke with pride of the men he served with. We, his wife, son and daughter are proud of him and his service in the Navy.
Yount, James Allen; A.k.a. "jimmy"COXSWAIN1944 – 1945My brother,Jimmy, joined the service at age 16 in early '42. First served on USS Cannawah;sunk off Guadalcanal. Served on Kitkun Bay at Coral Sea; damaged & towed to Pearl. Jim died in 2004. I'd like to hear from any of his shipmates
Walsh, Thomas (Tommy)Aviation Machinist's Mate Third Class1944 – 1946C.A.S.U. #38We learned my Dad was on the Kitkun Bay after he died in 2002, and would really like to learn more about his time on board. Looking for someone who knew him.
Cadwell, Vernon.1944 –.My Grandpa was on this ship he passed away in 2000 would love to hear from anyone who new him. Originally from St Paul MN area. I believe he told a story of being thrown in the water when ship was hit with by an Oscar
Larue, Wilbur (Bill)Commander (upon retirement)1944 – 1946Flight Deck OperationsMy dad served on the USS Yorktown in 1943, and was transferred to the USS Kitkun Bay as Flight Deck Officer in charge of all Flight Operations in 1944. He died in Williamston, MI in Oct. 1995.
Lewter, BillyRETIRED AS CHIEF PETTY OFFICER1944 – 1944unknownMy uncle joined the Navy when he was 17, lived in Cayce, S.C. and retired from the Navy. Lived in Stockton, Ca. and passed away Nov. 2, 2007.
Purcell, JackRadioman 2C1944 – 1945communicationsMy father proudly served on the USS Kitkun Bay. Sadly, he passed away too young on Dec. 4, 1988. I still have his medals, and some script from his time aboard.
Schlee, Willard AMM-1C1944 – 1945VC 63Posting this for my father. He passed away 12-1998. He served on the USS Natoma Bay (CVE62) and the USS Kitkun Bay
Oswalt, David (Dave)2nd Class Petty Officer/Radarman1944 – Apr 1946V3After the ship's maiden voyage, I was there in radar, starting with the Marianas, through all her actions until the ship was decommissioned. We escaped a Kamikaze, a Japanese fleet attack, and a temporary abandon ship.
Watkins, Francis Joseph profile iconSeaman 1C1944 – Jan 8, 1945USNRFrancis was my uncle who died at sea on ship January 8,1945 after a damaging suicide attack on the ship. He had just made 17. His name is on a wall at Manila American Cemetery
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Huston, Robert, BobChief Water TenderJan 1944 – 1945B DivisionMy dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor [USS West Virginia], then served aboard USS Saratoga. Served on USS Kitkun Bay from commissioning to end of war as Chief Water Tender, Division B. He passed away in May 2008.
McCarthy, Thomas (Mac)TorpedomanJan 4, 1944 – Oct 5, 1945TorpedoMy Dad proudly served on this great ship. He died in 2001. His daughter retired as a Navy Captain, and his son was a major in the Marines.
Gibbs, Richard "rick"CPLJan 28, 1944 –USMCBelieve my deceased father was among the USMC aviators that flew Torpedo Bombers off Kitkun Bay. He was part of VMTBF-242 squadron fighting at Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tinian.
Spotte, AdlerLTJGJan 28, 1944 – Mar 2, 1945OIMy Grandfather, Adler Enzo Spotte served aboard the "Kitty Bay" from 1/28/44 - 3/2/45 which time period include the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He was a young CIC officer and kept a detailed daily journal during that time.
Swenson, JohnSEAMAN 1ST CLASSApr 1944 – Apr 19461stNOW HEAR THIS!
Villalovos, LouisApr 1944 – Jun 1946Dispersing Store Keeper
White, AlfredSeaman First ClassApr 30, 1944 – Dec 15, 1945V2Fueled aircraft aboard ship.
Tunstall, BillAMM 1CMay 1944 – Nov 1944VC5I enjoyed my time on this ship very much.
Kelley, DouglasS1/C-TMMay 1944 – Feb 1945VC-5Was very proud to have served aboard the Kitkun Bay but try to not remember the experiences.
Dalling, NormanCH. RADIO ELECTRICIANJul 1944 – Nov 9, 1945K (Communications)The K-B was a busy ship and had a great crew - Both Officers and enlisted !
Kingery, GarlandAMM 3RD CLASSSep 1944 – 1946Plane Captin of a TBM torpedo bomber, aviation machinist 3rd Class, "Ace", and "King", were my nicknames. Contact my daughter's email.
Addison, Donradioman 2COct 23, 1944 – Sep 7, 1945communicationsMy father served his country on board the USS Kidkun bay Elmer Franklyn Addison 1942-1945 as Radio Communications. He died 1-5-05 in Riverside , Ca. Buried at Arlington Cemetery.
Breaux, ShirbySM 3RD CLASSNov 1944 – 1946SIn Charge of Laundry on board Ship when Ernest Porytal got discharged on points.
Miehe, RaymondTMV2cDec 30, 1944 – Mar 22, 1946V-2
Haffner, Oscar1945 – 1945ELECTRICIANS MATE
Bagatta, FrankPETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS1945 – 1945Aerial Tailgunners mate in Douglas Dauntless SBD -2
Davidson, TomPO11945 – 1946RTMy Father Hunter Paul Davidson, served aboard the Kitkun Bay during 1945-1946. I would love to learn more.
Robbins, FrankShipfitter 3d classJan 1945 – May 1946CASU-5Frank Robbins was my Dad. He died on Nov. 24, 2010. He proudly wore a Kitkun Bay hat for his last years.
Broussard, Agnus - (Bruce)Seaman 1stApr 1945 – Apr 1946Carpenter's ShopEscorted tankers 3rd fleet for bombardment of Tokoyo. Picked up POW's in Hunshu Sept '45( who were captured on Wake Island 12/8/41), brought to Tokoyo Bay to come home.Converted hanger deck w/ bunks -brought back troops from Okinawa Dec45
Brown, DonaldSeamen FirstApr 15, 1945 – Apr 19, 19461stGot on board in San Pedro on 4/15/45 until 4/19/46 when she was decommissioned. We were under the command of Capt. Greenslade.
Boggio, HarrySC2CJun 1945 – Apr 1946Baker

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