Marines exercising on CowpensUSS Cowpens near Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 25 Jun 1943Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 2Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 2
Marines exercising on Cowpens' flight deck, circa mid-1943USS Cowpens near Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 25 Jun 1943Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 2Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 2
Avenger torpedo bomber landing on Cowpens, circa Nov-Dec 1943Sailors gathered on CowpensThe tail of an F6F Hellcat of Fighting Squadron VF-25 being yanked to the deck as the tailhook catches a wire aboard the USS Cowpens off Makin Atoll (now Butaritari), 20 Nov 1943Firefighters extinguishing a burning Hellcat fighter on Cowpens, 24 Nov 1943
Avenger torpedo bomber landing on Cowpens, circa Nov-Dec 1943Sailors gathered on Cowpens' flight deck, circa Nov-Dec 1943The tail of an F6F Hellcat of Fighting Squadron VF-25 being yanked to the deck as the tailhook catches a wire aboard the USS Cowpens off Makin Atoll (now Butaritari), 20 Nov 1943Firefighters extinguishing a burning Hellcat fighter on Cowpens, 24 Nov 1943
Hellcat fighters warming up aboard USS Cowpens during Marshall Islands Campaign, Jan 1944Cowpens en route to Palaus, 31 Aug 1944US Navy Captain Herbert W. Taylor of USS Cowpens awarding African-American Stewards Mate 3rd Class Fred Magee, Jr. with commendation of the Secretary of the Navy, Oct 1944Captain George DeBaun (center) relieved Captain Herbert Taylor (left) of Cowpens, Nov 1944
Hellcat fighters warming up aboard USS Cowpens during Marshall Islands Campaign, Jan 1944Cowpens en route to Palaus, 31 Aug 1944US Navy Captain Herbert W. Taylor of USS Cowpens awarding African-American Stewards Mate 3rd Class Fred Magee, Jr. with commendation of the Secretary of the Navy, Oct 1944Captain George DeBaun (center) relieved Captain Herbert Taylor (left) of Cowpens, Nov 1944
USS Cowpens rolling in heavy seas in Typhoon Cobra in the Pacific Ocean, 18 Dec 1944Ships of the US fleet at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Feb 1945. Visible are 7 large carriers, 3 light carriers, 3 battleships, and numerous cruisers, destroyers, and support vessels including 1 hospital ship.Cowpens off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 12 May 1945
USS Cowpens rolling in heavy seas in Typhoon Cobra in the Pacific Ocean, 18 Dec 1944Ships of the US fleet at Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands, 8 Feb 1945. Visible are 7 large carriers, 3 light carriers, 3 battleships, and numerous cruisers, destroyers, and support vessels including 1 hospital ship.Cowpens off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 12 May 1945
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