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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.
Her journey, about 16,000 miles, will take 5-6 months and end in Brownsville, TX. There, she will be slowly cut up.
It is a sad end to a great ship. It comes to the vast majority of the ships of the US Navy. But, as long as we have our memories, as long as we get together at reunions, she lives on in our hearts.
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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.
On 25 Oct 1944, while flying off USS Lexington (CV-16), LT McCuddin earned the Navy Cross and the Silver Star. On 10 May 1965, CAPT Leo B. McCuddin, took command of USS Ranger (CVA-61). Five years later, now wearing 2 stars on his collar, RADM McCuddin would fly his flag in Ranger as ComCarDiv3.
          

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.
PS Thanks to Larry Schmuhl for letting us know.

Dismantling contract has been let.
On Monday, 22 Dec 2014, a contract was awarded for the dismantling of ex-USS Ranger. As with ex-USS Forrestal and ex-USS Saratoga, the Navy paid a penny to have her taken away. Read the Kitsap Sun article.

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!

Memories
    I was berthed in several compartments during the course of our work-ups and cruise, but the one I seemed to get assigned to the most was the second-to-last compartment, directly beneath the flight deck. The only compartment further aft on that level was the Safety Office. They were literally under the Round-Down. At one point, I was berthed further forward, between the Number 3 & 4 arresting gear machinery spaces. Talk about noise! During recovery flight ops a ten-ton or heavier aircraft would land just above your head about every 2 minutes or so. Made for a tough environment to sleep in. The screech of the arresting wire as it was paid-out was enough to wake the dead! I remember always being tired.
    I worked in the AT/AX shop of VS-21, Organizational-Level maintenance, and all we did was run, run and run. We'd be launching aircraft with one bird on the bow, one amidships and the other somewhere aft and we'd be running from aircraft to aircraft trying to keep their systems up. Of course, if we needed parts the rob birds were ALWAYS in the hanger, so you'd have to weave your way through a web of tie-down chains, spinning propellers, jet intakes, exhausts, taxing aircraft and moving yellow gear only to run the obstacle course on the hanger deck, then reverse the process. By the end of my first month I was so exhausted I would crawl up into the wheel-well of one of our aircraft and cop some Z's when I could. Anyway, by the time I was discharged, I could easily run 10 miles at the drop of a hat!
Michael Keister, AX3, VS-21, 1982 WestPac/Indian Ocean Cruise
Do you have some memories you'd like to share? Send them to me and I'll put them up. E-mail Webmaster

Interesting tidbit:
In 1960 one of Ranger's squadrons was flying the AD-7 Skyraider. According to the info, "... in 1953 an AD set an all-time single-engine load carrying mark by taking aloft a total useful load of 14, 941 pounds, which exceeded the weight of the aircraft itself by more than 2,00 pounds."

Grande Island Map. This picture is from the 1970-'71 cruise book. Unfortunately, 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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