USS AMERICA Carrier Veterans Association


USS America CVA News

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  • 14 Nov 2019 5:00 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    Since our founding in 1997, the CVA has been a fixture in supporting the Brookwood Elementary School in VA. Beach, VA. The CVA has continued the relationship the USS America CV66 had with the school in a program call Partners in Learning. Volunteers from the ship would visit the school to work with the children. In 1997 the CVA sent volunteers to help with the children’s education. Then the CVA started to donate to special programs, supplies, merit scholarships and feeding less fortunate families of Brookwood at Thanksgiving.

    At Holidays we ask former crew members of AMERICA to join in the giving. 100% of the money raised goes to purchase food, clothing and gifts for the children of Brookwood. In past years the CVA has put families of Brookwood children, who were homeless, into motels for the holidays.

    This year as the years in the past we ask you to dig into your pockets and come up with a little cheer for these kids and their families.

    Online Donation (Credit Card, Pay Pal)

    You can make your donation via credit card using the donation form below. Enter the amount you wish to donate, any optional comment on the donation and select "Brookwood School Xmas Drive" from the Donation Category drop-down list. Click on the PAY button and you will be brought to a secure checkout screen to input your credit card information. You will receive and email receipt of your donation. (Make sure the email you have listed in your profile is current and accurate.)

    Mail-in Donation

    If you prefer, you can mail a check to; (be sure to write  Brookwood in the memo)

    USS America Carrier Veteran’s Assoc.

    c/o Tom Tramantano

          1850 Colden Ave.

          Bronx, NY 10462-3174


    Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!

    CVA Board of Directors  

  • 14 Nov 2019 4:30 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)



    These Plaques are available to Plankowners and Former Crewmembers of the USS AMERICA, 

    who are members of the CVA. 

    The Plaques feature the ship name USS America CVA 66 and Plankowner or Crewmember engravings.

    The Steel is from elevator #1 of the USS America.

    To order your plaque, contact Walt Waite  the Director of Marketing


  • 14 Nov 2019 4:30 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    USS America Carrier Veteran’s Assoc. Inc

    Board of Directors Meeting

    February 22, 2020

    Hilton Garden Inn Albany-Airport

    800 Albany Shaker Road

    Albany, NY 12211


     at 10:30am.

    There is a room rate available for $114 per night w/breakfast, 

    when you use the code "G20"

    The cutoff date is January 22, 2020

  • 13 Nov 2019 8:26 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    Great turnout for the New York City Centennial Veteran’s Day Parade 2019

    The CVA has marched up Fifth Ave for 19 years

    Thank you: Carlos Benavides, Eddie Colon, Mike Sweeney, Ed Waite, Tony Cottone, Peter Schmid, Paul Matthew, Joe Brill, Hal Vandermark, John Saucier, Mike Spataro,  Sal Torres, Edwin Bergstrom, Ray Diaz, Rick Wilson, Carl Mottern,                               Harold Neely,  John Stevens, Dave Foley, Guy Frazier, Tom Tramantano,                  Ed Collins and Harry Rodriguez

  • 27 Jun 2019 8:43 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    2019   WE HAVE A WINNER!   2019  

    The winner of this year’s CVA Scholarship is Natalie Fleshman

    Grand Daughter of  LCDR Thomas E. Duke, Sr.

    VAW 124

    1972-1973 / 1974

    Congratulations Natalie

    and best of luck



    FOR THE 2020 - 2021


    Contact Director of Public Affairs

    Eddie Colon

  • 15 May 2019 11:08 AM | David Kenney (Administrator)

    JOIN NOW!  and get this exclusive offer - a 6 X 15 vinyl decal that will look GREAT on the rear window of your vehicle, or where-ever you'd like to put it! 

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    * The decal is white with a clear base so will look best on a dark background. 

  • 03 Jan 2019 7:29 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    The USS America Carrier Veteran’s Assoc.

    is proud to announce

    REUNION 2020

    will be held in


    September 15, - 19, 2020

    at the


    Providence - Warwick

  • 18 Oct 2014 7:40 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)



    is now in Commission

    On 11 Oct 2014

    Members of the CVA were present to witness her commissioning.


    Afterwards several members of the CVA's Board of Directors had the honor of

    sailing with her to San Diego.


    We are happy to say the AMERICA's spirit is alive and well.

    The crew is a hand picked group of sailors who are all at the top of their rates.

    They all showed us a great deal of respect and allowed us free roam of the ship.

    Captain Hall made sure to do a head count of us to make sure no one stowed away.

    While it is a different Navy from when we served, it is something to very proud of.



  • 11 Jul 2014 11:35 AM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) departed in commission without ceremony from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., July 11 in transit to its homeport of San Diego.

    America is scheduled to be formally commissioned during a ceremony in San Francisco, California Oct. 11, witnessed by the friends and family of the ship's 1,100 plankowners. The Navy officially accepted delivery of the ship from Ingalls Shipbuilding during a ship custody transfer ceremony, April 10.

    America earned commission status after the crew successfully completed the light-off assessment, anti-terrorism force protection certification and crew certification. These are the three major inspections needed before a U.S. Navy warship can get underway for the first time.
    "This is the beginning, but we have a long way to go," said Capt. Robert A. Hall Jr., America's commanding officer, to his crew during an all hands call. "You guys make the foundation. What we do from this point forward will dictate the kind of ship America's going to be, and I'm excited to get out there and introduce her to the fleet."

    America is scheduled to transit U.S. Southern Command's area of responsibility (AOR) throughout the next couple months. During the transit, referred to as "America Visits the Americas," the ship will engage in cooperative maritime security operations with partner nations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the AOR. In addition, America will embark more than 300 Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) South.

    The ship will visit Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru as well as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while also conducting engagements with other valued partners in the AOR. These nations are valued friends and partners and the visits to these ports will enhance these partnerships. During these port visits, the ship's military and civilian crew may have the opportunity to experience the rich culture of their host nation and to serve as goodwill ambassadors. Additionally many of America's Sailors and Marines will have the chance to volunteer for enhancement projects at local schools, orphanages, and other facilities.

    America is the first ship of its class, replacing the Tawara-class of amphibious assault ships. As the next generation "big-deck" amphibious ship, America is optimized for aviation, capable of supporting current and future aircraft such as the tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

    U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet and U.S. Marine Forces South support U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

  • 16 May 2014 6:57 PM | Thomas Tramantano (Administrator)

    For any of The America's crew who may have served onboard the Intrepid, here is an opportunity to share your story.

    April 2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. To commemorate this anniversary, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will open a temporary exhibition about the Vietnam War in the spring of 2015. As many of you know so well, Intrepid was one of more than twenty U.S. Navy aircraft carriers deployed to Vietnam. The ship and crew served three tours of duty in the Vietnam War between 1966 and 1969.

    The Intrepid Museum’s exhibition will use the experiences of Intrepid’s crew as a lens for understanding the history of the war with a particular emphasis on the role of the U.S. Navy. The exhibition will use the Museum’s largest artifact undefined the aircraft carrier Intrepid undefined to convey the day-to-day experiences of the sailors, aviators and marines who served on board the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin.

    Click on Read More to see how you can tell your story.


    Information from former crew members will help us bring these spaces to life.

                Did you serve on board Intrepid during the Vietnam War?

    Do you know someone who did?

                Do you have any stories, photographs, documents or other information from this period?

    If you have anything to share, please contact the Museum by email at or by phone at (646) 381-5241.


    The Exhibits/Collections Department

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