USS VALLEY FORGE — Robert Johnson, radarman third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford T. Johnson of 69 Elliot street, Norwood, is serving aboard the amphibious assault carrier USS Valley Forge, a Pacific Fleet unit presently being modernized at the Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, Calif.
A former aircraft carrier, Valley Forge was commissioned in 1945. She saw action during the Korean Conflict. After 16 years of sea duty, which included new programs such as her 1960 participation in an Operation Mercury shot, Valley Forge was converted to an amphibious assault ship at Norfolk, Va., in March 1961. In this role, Valley Forge uses helicopters both for t reconnaissance,- and as troop carriers.