Sargent Bay file photo [9978]

Sargent Bay

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassCasablanca-class Escort Carrier
Hull NumberCVE-83
BuilderKaiser Vancouver Shipyard
Laid Down8 Nov 1943
Launched31 Jan 1944
Commissioned9 Mar 1944
Decommissioned23 Jun 1946
Displacement7,800 tons standard; 10,400 tons full
Length512 feet
Beam65 feet
Draft22 feet
Machinery2 Skinner uniflow 5-cylinder engines, 4 285psi boilers, 2 shafts
Power Output9,000 shaft horsepower
Speed19 knots
Range10240nm at 15 knots
Armament1x127mm DP guns, 8x2x40mm Bofors guns, 20x20mm Oerlikon cannons
Capacity for Air Crew50-56


ww2dbaseOriginally allocated for Lend Lease for the United Kingdom on 11 Nov 1942, USS Sargent Bay was reallocated back to the United States Navy on 21 Jun 1943. After commissioning on 9 Mar 1944 and the subsequent shakedown, she ferried aircraft to the Central Pacific, and the joined the US Navy 3rd Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States on 17 Aug. On 18 Aug, she departed Pearl Harbor for Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands and Manus in the Admiralty Islands. On 6 Nov, she departed to ferry aircraft to the Philippine Islands area, then remained in the region (operating out of Ulithi in the Caroline Islands) to support fleet carriers until 27 Jan 1945. On 16 Feb 1945, she was dispatched for Iwo Jima, Japan to cover the landing operations, remaining there until 11 Mar. On 16 Mar, Captain William Rassieur, who had been her commanding officer since commissioning, was relieved by Captain Richard Oliver. Between 25 Mar and 20 Jun, she operated off Okinawa, Japan to support the operations on that island, though between 7 and 18 Apr she was called away to support the Logistics Support Group and between 15 May and 2 Jun she was at Guam, Mariana Islands to receive repairs. On 23 Jun, she arrived at Leyte, Philippine Islands for upkeep, and then sailed for San Pedro, California, United States for overhaul, arriving on 9 Aug. When the overhaul completed, the war was already over. She made four trips for Operation Magic Carpet to bring American servicemen back to the United States. On 23 Mar 1946, she arrived at Boston, Massachusetts for inactivation. On 28 Mar, Captain Oliver was relieved by Commander Milton Worley, who oversaw the inactivation process. She was decommissioned on 23 Jun 1946 and placed in reserve on 23 Jul. She was sold to the J. C. Berkwitt Company on 30 Jul 1959, which scrapped her in Antwerp, Belgium in Sep 1959.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Apr 2010

Sargent Bay Operational Timeline

9 Mar 1944 Sargent Bay was commissioned into service.
17 Aug 1944 USS Sargent Bay joined US Navy 3rd Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
18 Aug 1944 USS Sargent Bay departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii to deliver aircraft to Eniwetok and Manus.
6 Nov 1944 USS Sargent Bay departed to deliver aircraft to Philippine Islands area.
16 Feb 1945 USS Sargent Bay set sail for Iwo Jima, Japan.
11 Mar 1945 USS Sargent Bay departed Iwo Jima, Japan.
16 Mar 1945 Commanding officer Captain William Rassieur of USS Sargent Bay was relieved by Captain Richard Oliver.
25 Mar 1945 USS Sargent Bay arrived in Okinawa, Japan.
7 Apr 1945 USS Sargent Bay departed Okinawa.
18 Apr 1945 USS Sargent Bay arrived in Okinawa, Japan.
15 May 1945 USS Sargent Bay departed Okinawa, Japan and arrived at Guam for repairs.
23 May 1945 USS Sargent Bay completed repairs and arrived in Okinawa, Japan.
23 Jun 1945 USS Sargent Bay arrived at Leyte in the Philippine Islands for upkeep.
9 Aug 1945 USS Sargent Bay arrived at San Pedro, Los Angeles, California for overhaul.
23 Mar 1946 USS Sargent Bay arrived at Boston, Massachusetts, United States for inactivation.
28 Mar 1946 Commanding officer Captain Richard Oliver of USS Sargent Bay was relieved by Commander Milton Worley.
23 Jun 1946 Sargent Bay was decommissioned from service.
23 Jul 1946 USS Sargent Bay was placed in reserve.
30 Jul 1959 USS Sargent Bay was sold to J. C. Berkwitt Company for scrap.


Sargent Bay at Kerama Retto anchorage near Okinawa, Japan, 3 May 1945; USS Sargent Bay with TBM and FM-2 aircraft in foreground

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Dana Rossow says:
7 Jan 2016 09:21:22 AM

My dad served on the USA Sargent Bay. We lost him on 5/13/14. He served from commission till discharged after the war. Would appreciate any correspondence from heroes that served with him. His name is Roy Sidney Rossow.
2. Laura Fenley says:
30 Aug 2016 10:54:33 PM

My grandfather Raymond August Fielitz served on the USS Sargent Bay. He passed away in 2006, I am still looking for anyone who served with him or photos of him during his time in service, as I have located none so far. Thank you.
3. Jeff Bond says:
19 Dec 2016 05:32:08 PM

My uncle Francis Bond was a pilot
on the U.S.S Sargent Bay. Does anybody remember him ?
4. David holland says:
30 Dec 2016 04:14:46 PM

My grandfather served on the uss Sargent bay as well. He passed away march of 2005. His name was John Boyer
5. Anonymous says:
23 Apr 2017 08:05:35 AM

My father served on Her as a Yeoman. Looking for any personal pics of the ship or crew of tHE Sargent Bay.
6. Joshua says:
15 May 2017 10:19:22 AM

Loren Early. He was an aircraft mechanic abosrd the USS Sargent Bay, and later my Grandfather. Always looked up to folks like Francis Bond (for their occupation, never heard the name before.) Any info or links to info are appreciated.
7. Anonymous says:
25 Jun 2017 09:40:31 AM

My Dad was the ship's dentist in 1944-45 - Lt Cmd Charles H. Miller. He was from Louisiana & died in 1992.
8. Eric says:
25 Oct 2017 12:39:14 AM

My dad, Henry Zasacky, was a machinist mate aboard. He was from Bayonne, NJ. He is 92 and still going strong.
9. Scott Wittmier says:
31 Aug 2018 07:13:23 PM

My grandfather, Daniel Wittmier, was a gunner on this vessel. He never said anything to us grandkids about his service, but my dad told us some of the stories later. You can understand how these Service men and women built this country into what it was in the 50’s with the experiences they had during the war. It hardened them and made them better. Much respect to those who experienced this.
10. Eric says:
12 Sep 2018 02:02:18 AM

RIP dear father: Henry Zasacky
1-30-1925 ....... 9-1-2018

Machinist Mate 1943-1945
11. Bruce Hunt says:
8 Jul 2022 10:08:24 PM

My father, Bruce Harper Hunt, flew Hellcats & Wildcats with VC-83 on the Sargent Bay at both Iwo and Okinawa. Went on to fly many more years at Glenview NAS.

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Sargent Bay at Kerama Retto anchorage near Okinawa, Japan, 3 May 1945; USS Sargent Bay with TBM and FM-2 aircraft in foreground

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