CVE-104 USS Munda  
CVE-104 USS Munda


Casablanca Class


Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. Inc.

Vancouver WA

Laid down

29 March 1944


27 May 1944


8 July 1944

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign






24 April 1946


History (short)

After a west coast shakedown, Munda, assigned to Carrier Transport Squadron, Pacific Fleet, got underway independently on 16 August 1944 on her maiden voyage. With 71 planes and 202 passengers crowded aboard, she arrived at Espiritu Santo on 1 September. Proceeding next to Finschhafen and Manus Island, she returned to Alameda, California for brief availability, before setting out again to carry replacement planes and personnel to forward areas. Returning from her second supply run on 5 December, she was underway again on the 12th. She completed three more runs to various islands in the Pacific before mid-1945, when she sailed for Eniwetok on 3 July. There, she joined Task Group 30.8 (TG 30.8) and commenced supplying planes, pilots, and aviation stores to the fast carriers of Task Force 38 (TF 38).
She rendezvoused with that force on 20 July, as it attacked the Japanese home islands, and remained in the area through the 26th, when she returned to Guam for replenishment. At sea again by the end of the month, she rejoined TF 38 on 3 August, resupplying the carriers then, and again on the 7th and 11th. On 13 August, she departed the formation and was en route back to Guam when she received word of the Japanese surrender. Rejoining TG 30.8, she remained off Japan through the first week of the occupation, and on 10 September steamed into Tokyo Bay.
Departing Tokyo on 2 October, she joined the ships assigned to Operation Magic Carpet, and into the next year, ferried servicemen back to the United States. After completion of that duty on 18 January 1946, Munda prepared for inactivation at Port Angeles, Washington. Decommissioned on 13 September 1946, she joined the Pacific Reserve Fleet, berthing at Tacoma, Washington. Redesignated CVU-104 on 12 June 1955, she was shifted to Bremerton on 29 April 1958. Munda was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 September 1958 and sold as scrap, 17 June 1960, to the General Ore Company, New York.

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