American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky
The Continuing Global Struggle
  America and World War II (1941-1945)

USS Intrepid
We launched aircraft both day and night.

USS Intrepid
New York City, New York

   The USS Intrepid was commissioned on August 16, 1943. She carried 360 officers and 3,008 enlisted men. During her early career, she went to the Central Pacific to support the invasion of the Marshall Islands. But in late October, 1944, the Intrepid played a front line role in the famous Battle of Leyte Gulf.

  During this three-day battle to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese, America's legendary Hellcats and Helldivers flew day and night to stop the enemy in the Pacific. It was the largest battle in naval history! After World War II, she was modernized for much larger jet aircraft and used throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In March, 1974, the USS Intrepid was permanently de-commissioned. She currently resides at Pier 86 in New York City, as the Sea-Air-Space Museum.

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