USS WASP CV 18 christened in 1943 and commissioned in 1943 served in WWII, Korean War and the Viet Nam War periods. She recovered several capsules at sea in the Gemini Program. Her homeport was Boston Massachusetts before retirement in 1972.

The new USS WASP LHD 1 christened in 1987 and commissioned in 1989 is an Amphibious Assault ship LHD – a multipurpose amphibious assault ship, the tenth to bear the name, the flagship of the Second Fleet and the lead ship in its class. She was built at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility at Pascagoula, Mississippi and accommodates the full range of Navy and Marine Corps helicopters, conventional landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.

Association membership consists of active duty and retired former crewmembers of these ship – whether ships company or attached, as well as their widows and supporters of the Association. As of September 2011 membership stood at 1602 total, 1258 shipmates, 309 honorary members (widows), 5 full honorary and 30 associate members. Currently we have listed 222 members as missing and a search and rescue mission is in progress to find them. Since last count in September 2008 the association has stood at attention for Taps over 378 departed crewmembers. 



June 7, 1965 - USS Wasp recovers the Gemini IV spacecraft 

from the collections of the Naval Historical Center


About the Association

by Mike Trowse Captain, USNR (RET) APRIL 2012


The USS WASP ASSOCIATION is an association of former crew members of the USS WASP Hull number 18 and Hull number 1 . The association was founded in1985 and chartered as a non-profit organization.
Any person who was attached to the USS WASP in a permanent or temporary status, whether ship's company, squadrons or staff, may become a member ofthe organization.
 
The ship bearing Hull number 18 was christened as the USS WASP CV 18 on 15 March 1943 at Quincy MA was commissioned, 24 November, 1943, She served in WWII, Korean War andparticipated in strike and antisubmarine duties throughout the 50s and 60s. She performed duty in the Gemini Program by recovering several capsules atsea. Her homeport moved from Boston to Quonset Point RI on 10 August 1968 and again moved to Boston before retirement in 1972.
 
The new USS WASP Launched 4 August 1987 and commissioned in 1989 is the first of its class and is an Amphibious Assault ship LHD – a multipurpose amphibious assault ship, the tenth to bear the name, the flagship of the Second Fleet and the lead ship of her class. She was built at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility at Pascagoula, Mississippi and accommodates the full range of Navy and Marine Corps helicopters, conventional landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.
 
Association membership consists of active duty and retired former crewmembers of these ship – whether ships company or attached, as well as their widows and supporters of the Association. As of September2011 membership stood at 1602 total, 1258 shipmates, 309 honorary members (widows), 5 full honorary and 30 associate members. Currently we havelisted 222 members as missing and a search and rescue mission is in progress to find them. Since last count in September 2008 the association hasstood at attention for Taps over 378 departed crewmembers.
 
The Associations objective is to perpetuate the memories of the all who served aboard USS WASP, CV or LHD, sailor or marine, ship's company or attached, from the commissioning into perpetuity and to exchange mementos and memories of missions, travels, adventures and tours of duty.  We strive to maintain a high level of patriotism, cooperation, friendship and morale among the survivors and to research historical documents andaccounts through the news media, educational activities, the Library of Congress and all other appropriate channels.
 
We also recognize outstanding accomplishments of the present crew whether association members or not and endeavor to stimulate the exchange of information by means of publications, meetings and reunions as well astry to locate former shipmates. The association collects mementos, pictures, plaques, artifacts, insignia, papers, letters and other memorabilia relating, in any way, to the activities of theUSS WASP. We also accept voluntary contributions toaccomplish the purposes of any memorial program of the organization.
 
To accomplish these goals, a reunion is hosted each year at different locations throughout the United States. Past reunions are all described, covered andlisted further inside the WebSite. Recent ones have been held at San Fransico CA; Knoxville TN; Boston MA; Branson MO; Las Vegas NV; Duluth WS;  Norfolk, VA; and aboard a Carnival Cruise in the Carribean. The rotation of the reunion venues makes it possible for more members to attend.
The WASP Association would like to thank all concerned agencies and personnel whose actions and contributions in our support have brought relief andcomfort to so many, especially to the association members and their families.

 

Officers

Chairman - Robert G. (Bob) Allan
1st Vice-Chairman - Capt. Michael J. Trowse USNR (Ret.)
2nd Vice-Chairman - Ron Mitchell
Secretary - Walt Pi9negar
Treasurer - Frank E. Christman III
Master at Arms - George Herrmann
Chaplain - CDR Basil H. Struthers (CHC) USN (Ret.)
WASPIRIT Editor – Vince Krazinski
Historian - Robert G. Allan
Membership Chairman - Gary Craddock
Parliamentarian - Capt. Michael J. Trowse USNR (Ret.)

 

Board Members

Robert Brunner
Gary Craddock
LTC Thomas G. Leavey AUS (Ret.)
Tom McCoy
Ralph D. Romano
James W. Ross
Mike Saxton
CDR Basil H. Struthers
Larry Troxell