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Introduction

DUE TO THE CRITICAL NEED FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIERS IN THE PACIFIC FORWARD AREA DURING THE EARLY PART OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, NINE SHIPS ORIGINALLY LAID DOWN FOR CONSTRUCTION AS LIGHT CRUISERS (CL) WERE REORDERED TO BE COMPLETED AS AIRCRAFT CARRIERS (CV) ON MARCH 18, 1942. THE ACTUAL DATES THAT EACH SHIP WAS CLASSIFIED CV VARIES. THE FIRST FIVE CARRIERS OF THE CLASS WERE COMMISSIONED AS CV'S. TO DISTINGUISH THEM FROM THE LARGER CARRIERS OF THE FLEET, THEY WERE AGAIN RECLASSIFIED ON JULY 15, 1943 AS CVL. THE REMAINING FOUR CARRIERS WERE COMMISSIONED AS CVL'S. THE INDEPENDENCE CLASS CARRIERS, AS THE CVL'S WERE KNOWN, WITH THEIR INTENDED LIGHT CRUISER NAMES FOLLOWS:

1. USS INDEPENDENCE CVL-22 USS AMSTERDAM CL-59
2. USS PRINCETON CVL-23 USS TALLAHASSEE CL-61
3. USS BELLEAU WOOD CVL-24 USS NEW HAVEN CL-76
4. USS COWPENS CVL-25 USS HUNTINGTON CL-77
5. USS MONTEREY CVL-26 USS DAYTON CL-78
6. USS LANGLEY CVL-27 USS FARGO CL-85
7. USS CABOT CVL -28 USS WILMINGTON CL-79
8. USS BATAAN CVL-29 USS BUFFALO CL-99
9. USS SAN JACINTO CVL-30 USS NEWARK CL-100

NOTE --- THE LANGLEY WAS FIRST CALLED CROWN POINT, AND THE SAN JACINTO WAS FIRST CALLED REPRISAL. THE INDEPENDENCE CLASS CARRIERS DISPLACED 11,000 TONS: 15,800 TONS FULL LOAD; OVERALL LENGTH, 623 FEET; BEAM, 71 1/2 FEET; WIDTH, 109 FEET; DRAFT 26 FEET; SPEED 33 + KNOTS; TWENTY-SIX 40MM AND FORTY 20MM AA MOUNTS, AIRCRAFT IN EXCESS OF 45. COMPLEMENT OF 1,569 MEN. ALL NINE OF THE LIGHT CARRIERS SAW EXTENSIVE ACTION IN THE PACIFIC DURING WW II. USS BATAAN CVL-29 THE UNITED STATES SHIP BATAAN WAS NAMED IN HONOR OF THAT GALLANT GROUP OF AMERICAN AND FILIPINO FIGHTING MEN WHO DEFENDED THE PENINSULA OF BATAAN. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE WAR, THESE MEN PUT UP ONE OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT BATTLES IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF HUMAN WARFARE. DEPRIVED OF AIR SUPPORT, FACED BY VAST SUPERIOR NUMBERS, SHORT OF AMMUNITION, SUPPLIES AND FOOD, THESE BRAVE MEN FOUGHT A BITTER STRUGGLE AGAINST INSURMOUNTABLE ODDS, BUT, A STRUGGLE THAT PROVED THE FIGHTING METTLE OF FILIPINO AND AMERICAN ALIKE. BATAAN FELL, BUT THE SPIRIT THAT MADE IT STAND FOR MONTHS AGAINST THOSE OVERWHELMING ODDS -- A BEACON TO ALL THE LIBERTY LOVING PEOPLES OF THE WORLD -- THAT SPIRIT, INVINCIBLE, THE SPIRIT OF BATAAN, CAN NEVER FALL. IT IS TO THE MEMORY OF THE BRAVE HEROES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AT BATAAN THAT THE ACTIVITIES OF THE USS BATAAN, IN OUR ENDEAVOR TO ASSIST IN MAKING THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE, ARE DEDICATED.

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