Barrett Gallagher, USNR
A FOUR-TIME VICTIM OF JAP AIR ACTION, THE U.S.S. INTREPID HAS AGAIN RETURNED TO THE THICK OF THE PACIFIC BATTLE
November 25, 1944
Four times the USS Intrepid has been battered into flames by Jap air action, and four times the big Essex-class carrier has returned to rain more destruction upon the enemy. In 15 months of combat operation, the Intrepid's guns and planes have sunk 80 ships and destroyed 650 aircraft. That she is the most frequently hit carrier in the U.S. Navy makes this record even more incredible. Firefighters almost hidden by smoke turn hoses on dozens of small fires started by bombs from the suicide planes which crashed the USS Intrepid, November 25, off the coast of Luzon. About 60 men died in the blasts from these hits.