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On the morning of 5 Mar 2015, ex-USS Ranger began her final voyage. There is no one aboard her. Her flight deck is empty except for a generator to light her navigation lights. Her engines are silent. There is silence all throughout her where thousand's of men once went about their jobs making her a living entity that evokes fond memories.
In a private ceremony on 2 Feb 2015, Mike McCuddin, son of former Ranger CO Leo B. McCuddin, sprinkled some of RADM McCuddin's ashes on Ranger. RADM McCuddin was one of Ranger's most respected and well-liked Commanding Officers.
Admiral (former Skipper USS Ranger) Hank Glindeman, passed away Sunday, 15 Feb 2015, night at his home. His ashes will be interred at the U.S. Naval Academy with full military honors. We are diminished. Ranger lost a great Skipper and we a good Friend to all who knew him.
Dismantling contract has been let.
Welcome aboard the USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) History and Memorial Website. This site is dedicated to maintaining the history USS Ranger and a memorial for those whose lives were lost while serving on board her. On this site you will find not only interesting photographs of Ranger, her crew and aircraft but a wide assortment of facts and information about Ranger and her predecessors.
All information on the site has been provided by someone! If you find something is inaccurate or a record that is not complete, please e-mail the deck boss!
Grande Island Map. This picture is from the 1970-'71 cruise book. Unfortuneately, it was taken at something of an oblique angle and the legend on the right is not readable. Does anyone have a good picture? Even multiple pics that I can put together will work.
A new feature that is being added to the Operation History page, are transcriptions of Ranger's logs. This is going to be a very slow process. It is rather time consuming to transcribe the original logs into an easily read format. The first of these done is October 1969. Also, it is a bit costly. The logs are in the hands of the National Archives. It costs 80 cents per page for copies. Generally, this will mean about $50 for each month of the logs. There will be a Ship's Store page in the near future. There will be a link for making donations. Any donation specifically marked for ship's logs will be used specifically for that purpose.
John and Carol Guy have possibly the largest collections of photos of Ranger and her men on the internet. We encourage you to visit their site and to support them.
We have the complete set of Ranger's cruise books and are working on scanning them to make them available to you on CD. DVD may be coming later. The cruise books are in PDF format and appear just as if you had the book in front of you. Twenty-one of them are ready to purchase. If yours isn't available, write John to request your book be done.
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