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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE USS DUXBURY BAY CAV?-333
The USS DUXBURY BAY is a small seaplane 'render 3I0 feel long and 42 fee'I wide. Whera fully manned she
has a compIemen'I' of .250 men. She began hercareer on 2 Ociober I944, when she was launched aff 'rhe lake Wash-
ing'I'on Shipyard, Kirkland, Washinglon. The name DUXBURY BAY came from a bay of Ilwe same in Massak
chuse++s. She was commissioned aI' Lake Washingron on 3I December I944. I
A+ San Diego, in February. I945. She conducfed her shakedown cruise and performed her Hrs? flevfcling
The DUX Ieff I'he S'ra'Ies on I2 March I945, for Pearl Harbor. Upon arrival she was assig Sed I'o Commander
Air Force, U. S. Pacific FIeeI'. From Pearl Harbor she proceeded +o Eni'Iwe+ok, Ihe Marshall Islands, Guam, 'I'he
Caroline Islands and Okinawa. I+ was aI' Okinawa 'rhar +he DUXBURY BAY saw i+s only aclion during World War II.
During an air a'I"rack she suffered sIighI' damage and IosI' one man. This was in May, I945. She conlinued 'I'o Iend
seaplanes un'riI 'rhe end of hosI'iIi+ies. Af+er I'he war she re+urned Io San Francisco, arriving Ihere in OcI'ober, I946.
In I947 and I948 Ihe DUX made Iwo cruises Io 'rhe Far EasI'. In March, I949, she was underway for a round-
'Ihe-world cruise Ihaf Iook her Io Pearl Harbor, Manila, Singapore, Colombo, and Ihe Persian Gulf. On Ihis Irip she
remained in +he Gulf for one monlh, serving as Flagship, Commander Middle Easl' Force.
In January, 'rhe DUX again deparled for Ihe Persian Gulf and Io du+y as Flagship, Commander Middle Easl
Force. Since +ha'r 'rime she has compIeI'ed seven cruises 'ro 'rhe Persian Gulf.
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Commander Malcolm S. Ragan, USN, was
born on 8 November I9I5, af Yonkers, New
York. A+ 'rhe presenf fime, he and his family
are residing a+ I I5 88I'h Sfreef, Virginia Beach,
Commander Ragan graduafed 'from Wa-
bash College af Crawfordsville, Indiana, in
I936. He enfered 'rhe Navy as an aviafion
cadef in Ocfober I937, and was degignafed a
naval aviafor in November l938, upon com-
plefion of flighf fraining.
Prior 'ro reporfing aboard I'he DUXBURY
BAY in March I954, Commander Ragan was
Chief Sfaff Officer of Commander Naval Air
Bases, Thirfeenfh Naval Disfricf, in Sea'HIe,
Washingfon. During World War II, he flew
Liberafors and Privafeers in 'rhe Pacific and
was in command of a pafrol bomber squadron
in fhe Philippines during fhe Ia'Her parf of fhe
Capfain Henry H. Hale, USN, was born
JuIy,23, I907, in Gary, Indiana. Af 'I'he pres-
enl' he resides al' 5508 Brile Drive, Befhesda,
Maryland. He is married and has fwo daugh-
+ers: Sally and Rae. Capfain Hale enfered 'rhe
Naval Academy in I927 and was commis-
sioned as Ensign in 'rhe U. S. Navy in June,
I93I. In I934 he was designafed a Naval
In I940 Capfain Hale 'roolc ,command of a
fraining squadron a'I' Corpus Chrisfi, Texas. In
I94I he commanded fhe firs'I' Naval AviaIor's
Ins'lruc'for School af Corpus Chrisfi. During'
World War II he served on I'he carriers SAN
JACINTO and"FRANKLIN and was decorafed
for valor on bofh. He was awarded 'rhe Navy
Cross while on 'rhe FRANKLIN.
Capfain Hale has served on 'rhe Sfaff of
Commander, Sixfh Fleel' and Sfaff of Com-
bined American and Brifish .Forces in Triesfe.
Since July, I954, he hasserved-as Command-
ing Officer, USS DUXBURY BAY IAVP-38I.
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