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USS Enterprise CV-6
The Most Decorated Ship of the Second World War

[Enterprise CV-6 - Spring 1942]
[Enterprise and Hornet Approach Japan - April 1942]
[Direct Hit - August 1942]
[Enterprise at Santa Cruz - October 1942]
[Nearing Home - July 1943]
[Crash Landing on Enterprise CV-6 - November 1943]
[SBD Preparing for Landing - March 1944]
[Ordnancemen Load Fragmentation Bombs - October 1944]
[Enterprise CV-6 - July 1944]
[Kamikaze - Near Miss - April 1945]
[The Divine Wind - May 1945]
[Enterprise CV-6 Approaches New York City - October 1945]
[Pride - September 1945]
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"The carrier that fought the most through the entire war..."
Dedicatory Plaque, Enterprise Tower, U.S. Naval Academy

Enterprise entered World War II on the morning of December 7, 1941, when her scout planes encountered the Japanese squadrons attacking Pearl Harbor. Not until May 14, 1945, when a Kamikaze attack off Kyushu, Japan, left a gaping hole in her flight deck, was she forced to leave the war.

Of the more than twenty major actions of the Pacific War, Enterprise engaged in all but two. Her planes and guns downed 911 enemy planes; her bombers sank 71 ships, and damaged or destroyed 192 more. Her presence inspired both pride and fear: pride in her still unmatched combat record, and fear in the knowledge that Enterprise and hard fighting were never far apart.

The most decorated ship of the Second World War, Enterprise changed the very course of a war she seemed to have been expressly created for.

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