Allied Warships

USS Shangri La (CV 38)

Aircraft carrier of the Essex class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeAircraft carrier
PennantCV 38 
ModLong hull group 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down15 Jan 1943 
Launched24 Feb 1944 
Commissioned15 Sep 1944 
End service30 Jun 1971 

Decommissioned 7 November 1947.
Recommissioned 1 February 1955.
Decommissioned 30 June 1971.
Stricken 15 July 1982.
Sold 9 August 1988 to be scrapped in Taiwan.


Commands listed for USS Shangri La (CV 38)

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1T/Capt. James Duke Barner, USN15 Sep 194416 Jul 1945
2T/Capt. Richard Francis Whitehead, USN16 Jul 194526 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Shangri La include:

21 Apr 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. J.L. Holloway, Jr., USN) departed Ulithi for the Okinawa area. Passage was made together with the aircraft carrier Shangri La (Capt. J.D. Barner, USN). They were escorted by the destroyers Haggard (Lt.Cdr. V.J. Soballe, USN) and USS Stembel (Cdr. M.S. Schmidling, USN).

For the daily positions of USS Iowa during these operations see the map below.

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