USS Bennington (CVS-20) Patch – Sew On
A 3 13/16″W x 4 3/16″H squadron patch of the USS Bennington (CVS-20).
USS Bennington (CV/CVA/CVS-20) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the second US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington (Vermont). Bennington was commissioned in August 1944, and served in several of the later campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning three battle stars. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an Antisubmarine Aircraft Carrier (CVS). In her second career, she spent most of her time in the Pacific, earning five battle stars for action during the Vietnam War. She served as the recovery ship for the Apollo 4 space mission.
She was decommissioned in 1970, and sold to be scrapped in India in 1994.
Construction and commissioning
The ship was laid down on 15 December 1942 by the New York Navy Yard, and launched on 28 February 1944, sponsored by the wife of Congressman Melvin Maas of Minnesota. Bennington was commissioned on 6 August 1944, with Captain J. B. Sykes in command.