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Welcome aboard the USS Ranger (CVA/CV-61) History and Memorial Website. This site is dedicated to maintaining the history and record of the USS Ranger. 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!
On 8 Oct 2013 notice was received that the name of MM3 Chester Statun will be added to those on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during the Memorial Day 2014 ceremonies. Statun was killed in a fire in #1MMR on 13 Apr 1965. Ranger was involved in flight operations on Yankee Station at the time of the fire. Through someone remembering a fire, I found the information and submitted this to Naval Personnel Command who investigated and submitted their report to DOD. I can not tell you how great it was when I contacted Statun's sister to inform her. This is, without a doubt, one of the absolute highlights of my life.
Grande Island Map. This picture is from the 1970-'71 cruise book. Unfortuneately, it was taken at something of an oblique angle and the legend on the right is not readable. Does anyone have a good picture? Evem 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.
The USS Ranger History & Memorial site has acquired some great Challenge Coins, Lapel/Hat pins and reproductions of Ranger's original Minuteman patch.. The coins are 1¾" in diameter, weigh 1.4 oz. and come in clear plastic cases. For that special Rangerman in your life, get this great coin in a black velveteen display case. More coming on the pin and patch.
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 entire set of Ranger's cruise books are are working on scanning them to make them available to you on CD. DVD will be coming later. The cruise books are in PDF format and appear just as if you had the book in front of you. Six of them are ready to purchase. If your's isn't available, write John to request your book be done. The 1969-'70 book has just been added and work is under weigh on the 1970-'71 book.
Plug pulled on USS Ranger Foundation (9/26/12)
NavSea has cancelled the donation hold on Ranger. She has now been designated for disposal by dismantling. Does this mean that Ranger will be broken up. Let's hope not. There are still a few avenues being explored. However, it's going to requre a miracle to save her.
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