USS Oriskany Artifacts and Memorabilia

Many of the artifacts found here have been generously donated by former crewmembers of the USS Oriskany. The rest, I have acquired or purchased. These items are placed here for all to enjoy freely. If you have something from your time aboard and would like to share it here, please contact me.
 
Because my digital cruise books and many of the artifacts found here are in pdf format, I thought I'd post a brief video on how to set up your pdf reader to view them the way they were meant to be seen.  Please excuse the amateurish 'tutorial'.
 
 
 
 

 

Decommissioning Ceremony Pamphlet
- Sept 30, 1976 -
This pamphlet was provided by a former crewmember, HM3 Scott Zirger who was aboard from December, 1973 to the decommissioning.
Click the Book to open this 20 page pamphlet in pdf format (2.5mb).
 

The Herkimer Herald from the 1970 Cruise
This copy of the ships newspaper was published during the 1970 West Pac Cruise. It was donated by one of the crewmembers on the staff, Ron Thomas
(11.4mb)

 

The Herkimer Herald
This is the 5/69 issue from the 1969 cruise. It was donated by a former crewmember, Alan Kennedy.

 

Mombasa Pamphlet from the 1974 Cruise
This pamphlet was provided by a former crewmember, BT3 Dale Howe.
Click the Book to open this pamphlet in pdf format
(2.2mb)

Navy Unit Citation
Earned on the 1966 WestPac Cruise

 
The Herkimer Herald
This is the 7/69 issue from the 1969 cruise. It was also donated by Alan Kennedy.

 

"Sounds of Oriskany"
This is the record found in the back of the 1962 Cruise Book. Hiss and other background noise has been cleaned up as best I could.
This audio was provided courtesy of Jim Phillips.

"The Day Schatzie had her pups"
This is an article found in the Aug 8, 1953 Saturday Evening Post.

The Herkimer Herald
This is the 9/69 issue from the 1969 cruise. Donated by Alan Kennedy.

 

Wave off! Power failure! Crash!
 Eight photo sequence of a Banshee crashing on landing. Amazingly, the pilot was able to fly the next day. This is an insert from the 1953/54 Cruise Book.
(Enlarge the pdf pages up to 300%)

Be sure to check out the color photos on the Galleries page

Hong Kong Insert
20 page insert from the 1953/54 Cruise Book with Hong Kong as the port of call.
8.8mb in pdf format.

The Herkimer Herald
This is the 2/70 issue when the Oriskany was at Hunters Point. Donated by Alan Kennedy.

 

This is the patch for the 1952 Cruise around Cape Horn.

1st anniversary menu
For Oriskany's 1st birthday celebrated on Sept 25, 1951. This menu donated by a former crewmember.

Sound Powered Telephone Directory
This is the SPP Directory from 1969 donated by Alan Kennedy

 

USS Oriskany Gala
For the benefit of the French Institute for Cancer,
Cannes, France Aug 30, 1951. Donated by a former crewmember.
Dec 16, 1953 Herkimer Harold
Excerpt from the Dec 16, 1953 Herkimer Harold. Read the poem sent by the USS Kearsarge and Oriskanys reply.
Guide to the Philippines Pamphlet
This pamphlet was put out by the USS Oriskany's Public Affairs Office in 1969. Donated by Alan Kennedy.

 

Plan of the Day
Read the Plan of the Day for Tuesday, 25 September, 1951
Hung bomb explodes on landing
Five photo series of a Corsair landing with a hung bomb during the Korean War Cruise. The 1st photo in the series shows the bomb released from the wing and about to strike the deck.
Be sure to check out the newsreel I have showing this tragic event too.
"Corsair explodes on flightdeck"
Guide to Sasebo Pamphlet
This pamphlet was put out by the USS Oriskany's Public Affairs Office in 1969. Donated by Alan Kennedy.

 

Domain of the Golden Dragon
This is the certificate I received when we crossed the Intl. Date Line during the 1966 WestPac Cruise.
USS Oriskany in the movies
Read the stories behind the movies Oriskany played a major role in.
Guide to Hong Kong Pamphlet
This pamphlet was put out by the USS Oriskany's Public Affairs Office in 1969. Donated by Alan Kennedy.

 

Welcome Aboard
This pamphlet is from 1970 and was donated by Ron Thomas. On page 2, you will learn all you ever needed to know about those compartment numbers and what they mean.
(pdf file 1.4 mb)
July 1957 BuShips Journal
This is a short article about the conversion the USS Oriskany went through beginning in 1957. The article was donated by Ron Thomas.
Station assignment card
Donated by Alan Kennedy

 

Plan of the Day
for Wed. Oct 26, 1966
 This Plan of the Day was generously donated by Thom Dietmeier who was one of the JOOD's on the day of the fire. (pdf file 1.28mb)
Sea Classics Magazine
This May, 1975 issue has a 12 page article on the USS Oriskany. There are many images in this article.
(pdf file 18.4mb)
Pay Receipt
Donated by Alan Kennedy

 

Welcome Aboard Dependents
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Familygram
Yankee Station 6/4/69
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Familygram
In Port - Subic Bay 7/4/69
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Familygram
In Port - Hong Kong 8/13/69
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Familygram
Yankee Station 9/12/69
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Familygram
Enroute Alameda 11/10/69
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Morning Musket 8/24/69
The first two pages.
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Morning Musket 11/6/69
The first two pages.
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Morning Musket 11/8/69
The first two pages.
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Morning Musket 11/11/69
The first two pages.
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Plan of the Day
for Nov 17/18, 1969
At sea/inport Alameda
Donated by Alan Kennedy
Special Request Form
Want to take leave? Just fill in the form
Donated by Alan Kennedy
This is the Guest Book of Capt. John Iarrobino during his command of the USS Oriskany, 1966-1967.
This Guest book was generously donated by Bob Hudson who purchased it in an estate sale.
This is a history of the USS Oriskany
The information found here is from the Department of the Navy - Naval Historical Center. It is from this source I planned to use for my interactive timeline which I hope to complete some day.
(24 pages - pdf format 560kb filesize)
View-Master 3 reel series titled "Aircraft Carrier in action at Sea."
 The carrier is, of course, the USS Oriskany. These reels were produced in 1956.
USS Oriskany considered for reactivation in 1981
This is a document (pdf) discussing the possibility of reactivating Iowa class Battleships and the USS Oriskany in 1981.
Document found by Ron Thomas...thanks Ron.
Letter authorizing the Vietnam Service Medal and Navy Unit Commendation  to VF-162 member Frank Stees, ADJ2 during the 1965 Cruise. Deck Logs for the USS Oriskany from 1963 to 1976. While this collection is not complete yet, I hope to have as many logs as the National Archives scan and release.
Recently discovered messages between the Oriskany and COMDESDIV 142 just after rounding Cape Horn in 1952 This is the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded to the USS Oriskany Ship's Company and attached Air Wing for the 1969 cruise. Donated by Bill Hall who was aboard for that cruise. Bill was an AT3 with VA-23 on that cruise. Oriskany was his first of 4 carriers. UNIT AWARDS FOR USS ORISKANY CVA-34
With definitions of award abreviations
Golden Trough Cuisine CTF 77
This is a 232 page book of recipes used by the Attack Carrier Stiking Force SEVENTH Fleet (Carrier Task Force 77) Flag Mess during the period Oct. 1967 to Dec. 1970.
These are Action Reports submitted by Carrier Air Group 102 while deployed aboard the USS Oriskany during the Korean conflict. The time periods they cover is noted for each report. I hope you enjoy reading them. Here is some artwork done by an unknown artist on a couple of air plans near the end of the 1974 cruise. Artwork contributed from the collection of PH3 W. S. Spivey who was aboard from 1972-'74.
-Viewer discretion advised with one of the drawings.-
Captain John H. Iarrobino
Scholarship Application

This scholarship was established in memory of Captain John H. Iarrobino, the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Oriskany in 1966.

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1971 cruise's KRIS DJ Paul "Cousin Fred" Fredericks radio show Except from Richard C. Knott's "Attack from the Sky: Naval Air Operations in the Korean War" featuring aerial combat with planes/jets from the USS Oriskany.

Thanks to Peter Isaia who was a plank owner aboard the USS Oriskany at the time.
Here is the Oriskany student scholarship application in either pdf or docx format.  Click on the thumbnail image above to begin downloading.
From the May 19, 1953 edition of the San Diego Union including stories about Debbie Reynolds and the ship's mascot, Schatzie after Oriskany returns to port after her cruise off the coast of Korea. Recordings from the 1MC from 1969 -1971. These were recorded by Larry Krauss on his reel to reel tape deck. From May 1970, "Information for our Families" donated by Larry Krauss
Familygram from July 22 1970, donated by Larry Krauss Familygram from Sept 8 1970, donated by Larry Krauss Familygram from Nov 2 1971, donated by Larry Krauss
Guide to the Philippines donated by Larry Krauss. Be sure to set this one to show two pages side by side to see the centerspread map in full. Morning Musket from Sept 10 1971, donated by Larry Krauss Morning Musket from Sept 25 1970, donated by Larry Krauss
Postcards from around 1970]'71 from the USS Oriskany donated by Larry Krauss Not directly related to Oriskany but if you went through Boot Camp at San Deigo, you'll enjoy browsing this booklet donated by Larry Krauss This is a Letter of Commendation for one of our fellow crewmembers, AN Michael D. Garrett, who received the letter from his skipper, Capt. John Iarrobino, for his bravery during the devastating fire of Oct 26, 1966. The letter was donated by his son, Mike Garrett. Sadly, Mike's father passed away on May 16, 2017. Fair winds and following seas.