***** USS Ticonderoga CV14 "big T" carrier memorial site.*****
Also known as the ti and tico, the site is a tribute to the navy carrier and its crew , airgroup 80 and airgroup 87.
USS Ticonderoga CV14 * Memorial site for the Big T

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"The fleet is proud of Ticonderoga" -- Admiral William Halsey

The fourth USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) was a long-hull Essex-class fleet aircraft carrier which served from 1944 to 1973, earning 17 battle stars for service during World War II and the Vietnam War.

USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for historic Fort Ticonderoga, which played a role in the American Revolutionary War. Ticonderoga was commissioned in May 1944, and served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning five battle stars.
Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). She was recommissioned too late to participate in the Korean War, but was very active in the Vietnam War, earning three Navy Unit Commendations, one Meritorious Unit Commendation, and 12 battle stars.

Ticonderoga differed somewhat from the five Essex-class ships with lower hull numbers in that she was 16 ft (4.9 m) longer to accommodate bow-mounted anti-aircraft guns. Most subsequent Essex-class carriers were completed to this "long-hull" design and are considered by some authorities to be a separate class, the Ticonderoga class. Ticonderoga was decommissioned in 1973 and sold for scrap in 1975.

This site was inspired by my father S1c Leo Gauthier, who was a member of Ticonderoga's 2nd division 5 inch gun crew. The men of the USS Ticonderoga were there to defend their country and families. They sought no credit and received very little. What they helped America accomplish deserves all the credit in the world.


This website seems an honorable way to remember and appreciate them for giving us the freedoms we continue to enjoy to this day.


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