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November 1950 - Newsweek Magazine Article.
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
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July 1952 - Fortune Magazine Article.
[Image Source - Troy Prince from MidwaySailor.com.]
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1966 - Navy Ship of the Year.
[Image Source - Peter Berryman]
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1971 - Life Magazine. USS Coral Sea:Vietnam War.
[Image Source - Herman Doernbach]
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1975 - Warship International ~ 1975, No. 2 - The Midway Class Carriers.
[Image Source - Troy Prince from MidwaySailor.com.]
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1990 - Hook Magazine. History of the USS Coral Sea.
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July 1991 - Sea Classics Magazine. The Ageless Warrior.
[Image Source - Troy Prince from MidwaySailor.com.]
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August 1999 - Sea Classics Magazine. Midway Class Carriers.
[Image Source - Troy Prince from MidwaySailor.com.]
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March 2004 - Sea Classics Magazine. Scrapping of the USS Coral Sea.
[Image Source - Troy Prince from MidwaySailor.com.]
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1989 - Navy News article on final homecoming of Coral Sea.
1970's - Vietnam Era - Here is a document which contains two articles from the early 70's. The first is a story from the ships paper "Golden Gate" about President Nixon resigning. The second is an article about the legendary "Big Mothers" helicopter attack squadron that spent 2,215 days at sea, hopping from one carrier to another, the last being the USS Coral Sea
[Image Source - Todd Jolicoeur]
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1955 - Christmas poem from the Coral Sea Breeze.
[Source - Coral Sea Breeze]
T'was the Night Before:

T'was a few nights before Christmas and through Coral Sea,
Not a watch was stirring-not even intergrity.
The stockings were hung on the bunks with care
In hopes they'd absorb a little fresh air.

The sailors were squeezed all safe in their bed
In such odd shapes you'd swear they were dead.
Skipper in his kerchief and Exec in his cap,
Were trying to find Norfolk on the map.

When out on the flight deck there arose such a clatter
I rolled from my rack and fell with a splatter.
Away to the hatch I flew like a flash
Run over a butt kit aaand tore a big gash.

The moon on the crest of the new brewing strom
Gave light as an MAA caught a man out of uniform,
When what to my spray-filled eyes should I see
But a very heavily laden AD.

With the way the old boy handled that stick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than a Banshee as on he came
In that sputtering bucking frame.

No Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, or Vixen.
But on its side were photo's of Ike and Nixon.
On and on he made his approach
As if he didn't even need a coach.

And on he came as he began his glide,
Although he was drifting a little to one side.
So on to the vessel's top his course he flew
With a plane full of toys and a letter or two.

And then in a twinkling he hit the barrier
On this efficient aircaft carrier.
Then out he jumped and off with a bound,
Up the smoke stack, and then down.

Then from the boiler room there came such a clatter,
But this time I knew what was the matter.
As quickly from the stack he reappeared
With his suit smoking, soiled, and seared.

T'was a nice suit with fur from head to foot,
Now all covered with fuel oil and soot.
The bundle of toys he'd flung on his back
Was now in a smoldering, burning sack.

His eyes how they twinged, his dimples how glarry,
His cheeks smarting-he looked pretty "hairy."
His drawl little mouth was chugging black smoke
And I'd sworn up and down he was goin to choke.

And the beard of his chin was there no more-
Only singed stubble where it'd been before,
But the stump of his pipe he still held in his teeth
As smoke engulfed his head like a wreath.

He had a hot face and just a as hot belly,
Though not shaking with laughter-cause he felt smelly.
He was short and fat, a right sour old elf,
But I laughed at him anyway just to spite myself.

A blink of his eye and a jerk of his head
Soon gave me to know he wished I'd drop dead,
But he spoke not a word and he really turned to
Distributing toys from forecastle to screw.

Then with his finger a thumbing his nose,
He received his signals from the flight deck PO's
And jumping into his plane and giving all it's do.
Away down the flight deack and away he flew.

Then we stopped to realize what all he'd been through,
And we sorta hated it too-
So we yelled and exclaimed as he flew out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to you"-and "have a good flight."
1964-65 - Newspaper clippings from when the ship returned from her first Vietnam cruise.
[Image Source - David Herron.]
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1983 - Ship leaving San Francisco.
1990 - AP Wire announcement of the ship being decommissioned.
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1976 - Newspaper clipping of ship's company forming Golden Anchor.
1988 - Newspaper clipping of ship being revitalized.
[Image Source - Todd Davis]
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1981 - Green Sheet from Christmas 1981.
1970 - Approach Magazine - Interseting bit of trivia involving the inginuity of the USS Coral Sea crew. Submitted by - John Vecero. Also, from the 68-69 Cruise Book
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2009 - VF-51 Screaming Eagles F-4 Phantom on display. This plane is located right off I-49 in Patterson,Louisiana between Morgan City and Lafayette. It was located at the Patterson Airport for a number of years before being moved to it's present location.
[Image Source - John Walker]
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1962-63 - News clippings from when the ship was in Hunters Point and when she visited Sydney, Australia.
[Image Source - Don Hayes]
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