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Willapa Bay

 

A bay off the coast of Washington state.

 

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Willapa Bay (CVE-109)—a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier—was laid down on 10 January 1944 at Tacoma, Wash., by the Todd-Pacific Shipyards, Inc. However, prior to her launching, the carrier was renamed Cape Gloucester (q.v.) on 26 April 1944.