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San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

USS Gambier Bay CVE 73 and Composite Squadron VC-10

United States Navy

— In Memory of the Men Lost in Action —

 
 
The Gambier Bay/VC-10 Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard E. Miller, 2004
1. The Gambier Bay/VC-10 Memorial
Inscription.  [Panel 1]:
Eternal God who alone spreads out the heavens and rules the raging seas, may this memorial bring continued remembrance to the one hundred and thirty seven men who died defending their country in time of danger, and whose bodies found their last resting place in the waters of the Pacific. May it call to mind that they were called by their nation to defend liberty and preserve unity.

We do not what those who died in air and sea battles, often against hopeless odds, to have died in vain. They died tha war would end, an aggressor would be stopped, that peace would come to make the world safe for their families and generatopms. In the name of our Lord. Amen.

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Saipan • Guam • Palaus • Philippines

[Map of the Philippines]

Commissioned December 28, 1943
Sunk by cruisers October 25, 1944

[Panel 2]:
U.S.S. Gambier Bay, CVE-73
World War II
Ship's Company
[Names and ranks of 120 of the ship's crew who were lost in action]

Composite Squadron, VC-10
[Names and ranks of 18 VC-10 members who were lost in action]

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they rest in peace at the bottom of the sea until the day the sea gives up its dead and we are all together again.
 
Erected 1996 by The USS Gambier Bay & VC-10 Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCemeteries & Burial SitesHeroesWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lost at Sea, and the National Cemeteries series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 25, 1886.
 
Location. 32° 41.072′ N, 117° 14.65′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Dr. S. and Cabrillo Memorial Drive, on the right when traveling east on 3rd Dr. S.. The marker is located in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Diego CA 92152, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Hoel * USS S. B. Roberts * USS Johnston (a few steps from this marker); Moreton Bay Fig (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Albert Smith, Civilian (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Holy Mass Celebrated in California (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post Chapel, Building 213
USS Gambier Bay (CVE 73) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By USN photograph, 1944
2. USS Gambier Bay (CVE 73)
Image: NH 79408: USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 15A, April 1944. NHHC Photograph Collection.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of the Mormon Battalion (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of the Heroes of the Battle of San Pasqual (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
More about this marker. Directions to the marker: Follow Catalina Blvd. south to the Fort Rosecrans Military Reservation, north entrance. (Catalina Blvd. becomes Cabrillo Memorial Dr. beyond the entrance.) Proceed approx. 1.25 miles south. The memorial circle is on the left at 3rd Dr. S.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to the official USS Gambier Bay (CVE 73) & Composite Squadron VC10 web site. Website about the Gambier Bay and Composite Squadron VC-10 by The USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) and Composite Squadron VC10 Inc. (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Memorial Monuments of Task Unit (sic) 77.4.3. One entry from a website devoted to "Taffy 3" (the Task Group's callsign). (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. (Submitted on June 23, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
4. The Battle off Samar: The Sacrifice of “Taffy 3” 25 October 1944
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. Excellent entry from the Naval History and Heritage Command. (Submitted on September 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,781 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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