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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Related Materials
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: USS Enterprise Special Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10145
    Physical Description: 0.43 Cubic Feet 1 box, 15”x5”x10”.
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1943
    Abstract: The USS Enterprise (CV-6) was a 19,800-ton Yorktown class aircraft carrier and the seventh U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials in this Collection were donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Scope and Contents

    1 box, 15”x5”x10”. The majority of the collection was in the chronological order and has been organized to better fit that order. The collection contains primarily plan of the day releases, press and war news bulletins, and also drawn cartoons featuring the vessel.

    Related Materials

    Related SDASM Resources: Ewing, Steve, USS Enterprise CV-6, the Most Decorated Ship of World War II : A Pictorial History. Missoula, MO: Pictorial Histories Pub. Co., 1982.
    Burns, Eugene. Then There Was One: The U. S. S. Enterprise and the First Year of War. New York, Harcourt, Brace and Co. [1944] 1st ed. Related Research Institutions:
    Secondary Sources: Naval History & Heritage Command: Online Library – U.S. Navy Ships http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-e/cv6.htm

    Biographical / Historical

    The USS Enterprise (CV-6) was a 19,800-ton Yorktown class aircraft carrier and the seventh U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name. She was launched in 1936 and was one of only three American carriers commissioned prior to World War II to survive the war (the others being the USS Saratoga and USS Ranger). She participated in almost every major action of the war against Japan in the Pacific Theater, more than any other U.S. ship. She was present at the Battle of Midway, various air-sea engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, strikes in the South China Sea, the Iwo Jima invasion, and the Okinawa campaign amongst others. She had to the return to the U.S. after a particularly damaging hit by a Kamikaze on May 14, 1945 and repairs were not completed until September, after the Japanese surrender.
    Inactive after early 1946, the ship was decommissioned in February 1947. The Enterprise earned 20 battle stars, the most for any U.S. warship in World War II, was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, a Navy Unit Commendation, and was the only ship outside of the Royal Navy to receive a British Admiralty Pennant in. While laid up, she was redesignated CVA-6 in October 1952 and CVS-6 in August 1953. After efforts to make her into a memorial failed, the USS Enterprise was sold for scrapping in July 1958.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945
    USS Enterprise (CV-6)
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area