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

Ships Bell

Japanese Aircraft Carrier Junyo

 
 
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Inscription.
Presented on Behalf of
Fleet Admiral C.W. Nimitz
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet
by
Rear Admiral W.L. Friedell
Commandant, Eleventh Naval District
24 November 1945
H.I.J.M.S. Junyo
Built Nagasaki
Commissioned 6 May 1942
Length 277 Meters (908.8 FT.)
Beam 28 Meters (91.9 FT.)
Draft 9.2 Meters (30.2 FT.)
Complement 1367
Complement (Maximum) 1800

Excerpts from the history of the Junyo, from the records of the Sasebo Naval Station, Kyushu furnished by Vice Admiral Sugiyama of the former Japanese Imperial Navy:

On 26 October 1942 the Junyo took the initiative in the aerial operation off the Solomon Islands, sinking the U.S.S. Hornet and several other vessels. She then operated in the sea escort service, and on 29 January 1944 was attacked by an American submarine off the Danjo Islands, West of Kyushu. Struck by a torpedo in her forepart, her starboard steering engine was so seriously crippled that she was returned to Sasebo only with great difficulty. While under repair at Sasebo, the Junyo was so severely attacked and damaged by American air attacks launched from Okinawa that work was abandoned. Her bell was removed and hidden in a cave about five miles East of Sasebo in an area designated by the Fifth Amphibious Corps United State Marines

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as "Violent Hell Area", where it was found by forces of the United States Navy.

Our records also indicated that planes from the Junyo attacked Dutch Harbor on 4 and 5 June 1942.
 
Erected 1945.
 
Location. 32° 42.183′ N, 117° 11.646′ W. Marker is in Coronado, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on McCain Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. North Island Naval Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: McCain Boulevard, San Diego CA 92135, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The World's First Seaplane Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); C-2A Greyhound (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); H-46 40 Years of Service (about 500 feet away); Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin (approx. ¼ mile away); James B. Stockdale (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Military Flying School (approx. one mile away); San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named San Diego: Birthplace of Naval Aviation (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coronado.
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels

 
Ships Bell image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 10, 2018
3. Ships Bell
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By Denise Boose, September 10, 2018
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Wide view of marker and bell to the right within the circle of flags.
 
 
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