This book is meant to compliment the full listing of Aircraft Carriers listed on the United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial located in San Diego, California. The completion of this undertaking could not have been possible without the participation and assistance of so many shipmates, organizations, museums, associations and veterans whose names may not all be enumerated in this body of research. Their contributions are sincerely appreciated and gratefully acknowledged. This book was written to highlight some of the back stories behind the ships, women and men that gave their lives to help keep America free and to enforce western democracy throughout every ocean on planet earth. The book is designed to complement the memorial in that it follows the same categories and Aircraft Carrier names listed on all four sides of the black pillar standing in the center of the memorial plaza. Let this book be your guide as you visit the Aircraft Carrier Memorial Plaza.