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THE U.S.S. Fanshaw Bay (CVE 70) was commissioned December 9, 1943, at Astoria, Oregon, less than seven months after the keel was laid by Kaiser Company in Vancouver, Washington. Named for a bay in Southeastern Alaska, she is the first Naval vessel to bear that name. Like other Casablanca class escort carriers, the Fanshaw Bay was built from designs never intended for a combat vessel, yet she carried her crew through the longest operational period sustained by any escort carrier.
Wherever the Fanshaw Bay shall sail again in the reminiscences of her old crew, she will carry with her the memory of those gallant men who have answered their last call to flight quarters. To the twenty-four men killed in action and to the fourteen missing airmen this history of the Fannie Bee is humbly dedicated.
United States Navy, World War 1939-1945, Regimental Histories, U.S.S. Fanshaw Bay, CVE-70), Fannie Bee
United States Navy, "Straddled: A short history of the U.S.S. Fanshaw Bay" (1946). Regimental Histories. 145.
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