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-- EVENTS - The Korean War, 1950-1953

Activities in the United States, 1951 - July 1953
Ship Homecomings, 1951


This page features images of Korean War ship homecomings to the United States during 1951.

Additional views of 1951-53 Korean War activities in the United States: Activities in the United States, 1951 - July 1953.

A precis of our Korean War images, and links to more comprehensive pictorial coverage of that conflict:

  • The Korean War, June 1950 - July 1953 - Introductory Overview and Special Image Selection

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    Photo #: NH 97296

    USS Leyte (CV-32)


    Steams around the end of Naval Air Station, North Island, as she arrives at San Diego, California, after the end of her Korean War combat tour.
    The scene is partially framed by the tail of a PBM-5 patrol bomber (Bureau # 84771).
    Photograph is dated 3 February 1951.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command.

    Online Image: 93KB; 740 x 610 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 97031

    USS PC-581


    Alongside the Long Wharf in Newport, Rhode Island, just before she got underway to greet the ships of Escort Destroyer Division Sixty-One as they returned from a deployment to the Korean War zone on 14 March 1951.
    "CortDesDiv61", an Atlantic Fleet unit, had left Newport on 5 July 1950, and subsequently deployed to Korea via the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal. It returned to Newport via the Panama Canal, thus circumnavigating the Earth. The Division's ships were USS Fred T. Berry (DDE-858), the Division Flagship, USS Norris (DDE-859), USS McCaffery (DDE-860) and USS Keppler (DDE-765).

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command.

    Online Image: 115KB; 740 x 605 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 73682

    USS Endicott (DMS-35)


    Is welcomed to Pearl Harbor by Hawaiian Hula dancers, 18 March 1951, as she returns from eight months of Korean War operations.

    U.S. Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 116KB; 740 x 615 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 97068

    USS Tilefish (SS-307)


    Hula dancers Kuulei Jesse, Gigi White and Dancette Poepoe (left to right) welcome the submarine, as she docks at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base after a Korean War tour.
    Crewmen placing the flower lei around Tilefish's bow are Engineman 3rd Class Donald E. Dunlevy, USN, (left - still wearing E-3 stripes) and Torpedoman's Mate 1st Class Gordon F. Sudduth, USNR.
    This photograph was released by Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, on 26 March 1951.
    USS Cabezon (SS-334) is in the background.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval History & Heritage Command.

    Online Image: 125KB; 740 x 615 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 97322

    USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)


    Passes under the Oakland Bay Bridge as she arrives at San Francisco, California, upon her return from the Korean War zone, circa 9 June 1951. Crewmen on the flight deck are spelling out "CVG 2" in honor of her air group.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History & Heritage Command.

    Online Image: 107KB; 740 x 615 pixels

     
    Photo #: 80-G-437649

    USS Bataan (CVL-29)


    Arrives at San Diego, California, with her crew paraded on deck, as she returns from seven months in Korean waters.
    Photo is dated 25 June 1951.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

    Online Image: 106KB; 740 x 600 pixels

    Reproductions may also be available through the National Archives.

     
    Photo #: NH 73685

    USS Incredible (AM-249)


    Is welcomed by hula dancers as she arrives in Hawaii while en route to the U.S., circa July 1951, following Korean War minesweeping service.
    Note mine scoreboard painted on her bridge.

    Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 103KB; 740 x 615 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 73146

    USS Incredible (AM-249)


    Probably photographed circa July 1951, while en route to the U.S. following minesweeping service off Korea.
    Location appears to be Pearl Harbor, with Ford Island Naval Air Station in the background.

    Naval History & Heritage Command Photograph.

    Online Image: 74KB; 740 x 605 pixels

     



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