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The Oriskany (CV34 ) was an Essex class carrier, laid down on May 1, 1944, and launched on October 13, 1945.  She was too late for World War II, and construction was suspended in 1946.  Construction was restarted in 1950.  Oriskany was commissioned on September 25. 1950.  She was built as a straight deck carrier, and served in the Korean War. 

Oriskany went to San Francisco in 1956 for a complete refit.  The wooden deck was removed and a new aluminum angled deck installed.  The hydraulic catapults were replaced with more powerful steam catapults.  Oriskany was recommissioned in 1959.

Oriskany served off Vietnam for six cruises.  Her most famous pilot was Lt Cdr John McCain, who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, and was a POW until 1973.  John McCain is now senator from Arizona.

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