USS Corregidor (CVE-58)


USS Corregidor (CVE-58)

USS "Corregidor" (CVE-58) was an "Casablanca" class escort carrier of the United States Navy.

She was laid down as "Auguilla Bay" (AVG-58) was reclassified ACV-58, 20 August 1942 and launched as "Corregidor" on 12 May 1943 by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, of Vancouver, Washington, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. J. Hallett. She was reclassified CVE-58 on 15 July 1943, acquired by the Navy on 31 August 1943; and commissioned the same day, with Captain R. L. Bowman in command.

Clearing San Diego, California, on 26 October 1943, "Corregidor" joined Carrier Division 24 at Pearl Harbor for air strikes in the Gilbert Islands invasion from 10 November to 6 December. She returned to San Diego to undergo repairs and load aircraft and men, then resumed operations out of Pearl Harbor with her division. From 22 January to 3 March 1944, she sailed in the Marshalls operation, providing air cover for the invasion of Kwajalein.

"Corregidor" put to sea on 11 March 1944 for Guadalcanal, arriving there on 21 March. With the Third Fleet, she sortied on 30 March to provide air cover for the landings on Emirau Island, returning to Port Purvis on 14 April. Two days later, she sailed to join the 7th Fleet for air operations at Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) between 22 April and 26 April, then put in to Manus Island for replenishment and antisubmarine patrols until 4 May. Embarking Commander, Carrier Division 24 for the Marianas operation, "Corregidor" provided combat air patrols and anti-aircraft support for the invasion of Saipan from 15 June to 25 June, with her aircraft accounting for at least eight enemy planes. She covered the logistics force off Eniwetok from 1 July to 3 July, then aided in the softening up bombardment of Guam and provided air cover for the invasion, until 28 July when she returned to San Diego for overhaul.

She worked on qualifying pilots in carrier operations at Pearl Harbor from 12 October until 21 November 1944. On 26 October, she formed as a hunter-killer group with Escort Division 64, around to check out reported enemy submarine movements between Pearl Harbor and California. On 2 January 1945, this group moved to patrol the area between Pearl Harbor and Eniwetok to protect heavy Allied shipping, returning to Pearl Harbor on 13 February.

"Corregidor" sailed from Pearl Harbor on 27 February to search for an overdue plane carrying Lieutenant General M. F. Harmon, USA, arriving at Majuro on 20 March. From 21 March to 27 April, she conducted an anti-submarine patrol in the vicinity of Japanese-held Wotje and Maloelap in the Marshalls, then off Eniwetok.

Returning to Pearl Harbor on 4 May 1945, "Corregidor" was assigned duty as a training ship in Hawaii, conducting carrier pilot qualifications until the end of the war. From 2 October 1945 to 10 January 1946, she alternated this duty with three voyages from Pearl Harbor to San Diego to return homeward-bound servicemen. "Corregidor" cleared San Diego on 18 January 1946 for Norfolk, Virginia, arriving there on 4 February. Here she was placed out of commission in reserve on 30 July 1946.

Recommissioned on 19 May 1951, "Corregidor" was assigned to operate with the Military Sea Transportation Service. She ferried men, aircraft, and aviation cargo to NATO nations under the Mutual Defense Assistance Plan, but also made five voyages through the Panama Canal to bring men and cargo to the United Nations forces in Korea in 1952, 1953, and 1954. "Corregidor" was reclassified CVU-58 on 12 June 1955. When the Lebanon crisis broke in the summer of 1958, "Corregidor" was at Brindisi, Italy, and immediately lifted two reconnaissance planes of the 24th Infantry Regiment, and 10 helicopters to support the landings in Lebanon. Returning to the United States, "Corregidor" was decommissioned on 4 September 1958, and sold for scrap on 28 April 1959.

"Corregidor" received four battle stars for World War II service.

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