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WWII US Navy Squadron Patch
Navy Composite Squadron 79

Escort Carrier: USS SARGENT BAY (CVE-83)
Walt Disney Design
5.5 inches

VC-79  Established 6 Dec 1943
VC-79  Disestablished 11 Sep 1945

Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Brown Field (East Field; Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Otay Mesa, San Diego, CA)
In conjunction with the World War I development of San Diego's North Island, the Army established an airfield at Otay Mesa, 16 miles southeast. In 1918, the field was named in honor of Major Killian East, who had been killed in an automobile accident near Mitchell Field, N.Y. The Army invested $17,580 in East Field using it for formation and acrobatic training. During the 1920s and 1930s, military and civilian aviation used the airfield. Located five miles from the coast, Otay Mesa has an elevation of 500 ft. and is less subject to ocean fog that reduced flying hours at other airfields in San Diego. After the beginning of World War II, the Navy improved the airfield. During the first of 1943, construction began on buildings. Just three months later, the station commissioned on March 17, as NAAS Otay Mesa. On New Years Day of 1944, VF-34, VC-68 and VC 12 were on board. In April and May 1944, Army P-38 fighters were present at the field in the air defense mission. During the first half of the year, VC-10, VC-11, VC-20, VF-30X2, VC-27, and VC-79, arrived and departed.  In January 1945, CASU 66 commissioned out of the CASU 5 Detachment. During 1945, the station added several improvements including a new BOQ, brig, nose hangars, and a training building. VC-70, VC-49, CAG 38, VT-41, VC-66, VF-50, CVEG 36, VC-68, VC-65, VC-5, VC-4, VC-75, VC-78, VC-76, VC-79, and CAG 152 passed through Brown during 1945.

2/1944  USS SARGENT BAY   3/6    Vancouver  VC-79    7 F4F-4, 5 FM-1  Astoria    9 TBFd1

USA - FM-2
This FM-2 (16) was assigned to VC-79  aboard CVE-83 USS Sargent Bay. The Pacific Fleet escort carrier's two diamond geometric (G) symbol is painted on the rudder, lower left aileron, and upper right aileron.

USS Sargent Bay (CVE-83), originally classified AVG-83, was reclassified ACV-83 on 20 August 1942; allocated to the United Kingdom, under Lend Lease, on 11 November; reallocated to the United States on 21 June 1943; reclassified CVE-83 on 15 July; laid down on 8 November 1943 by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1120); launched on 31 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Edith W. DeBaun; and commissioned on 9 March 1944, Captain William Theodore Rassieur in command.
Service History
Following shakedown, Sargent Bay completed a ferry trip to the central Pacific with replacement aircraft before reporting to the 3rd Fleet at Pearl Harbor on 17 August. The following day, she sailed for Eniwetok and Manus Island, and on 6 November, departed the latter for the first of four tours of duty with underway replenishment groups off the Philippines. While the carrier's aircraft patrolled overhead, the other units of the replenishment groups provided fuel and replacement aircraft to the fast carriers, enabling them to remain at sea for extended periods. Later based at Ulithi, Sargent Bay remained on this duty until 27 January 1945, with individual tours at sea lasting from two to four weeks.

In February 1945, Sargent Bay undertook a new assignment and arrived off Iwo Jima on the 16th to provide air support for the landings there. Her aircraft flew artillery spotting and ground support missions, and anti-aircraft and anti-submarine patrols until the ship departed Iwo Jima on 11 March. On 16 March, Captain Rassieur was relieved by Captain Richard Maxey Oliver. She provided similar support during the Okinawa campaign from 25 March - 20 June, with time out only for a period in support of the Logistics Support Group from 7–18 April and for repairs at Guam from 15 May -2 June. The ship arrived off Leyte on 23 June for a month of upkeep, and then sailed for overhaul in the United States, arriving at San Pedro, California, on 9 August.

On completion of repairs, Sargent Bay was assigned to "Magic Carpet" duty. She made two trips bringing troops from Hawaii in October, and two more in November and December from Eniwetok and Okinawa. She arrived at Boston, Mass., for inactivation on 23 March 1946. On 28 March, Captain Oliver was relieved by Commander Milton S. Worley, and Sargent Bay was decommissioned and placed in reserve there on 23 July. Sargent Bay was reclassified CVU-83 on 12 June 1955. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 27 June 1958, sold on 30 July 1959 to the J. C. Berkwitt Co. and scrapped at Antwerp, Belgium, in September 1959.

Awards: Sargent Bay received six battle stars for her World War II service.

Price: $190.00 $165.00

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