- USS Corregidor (CVE-58)
USS "Corregidor" (CVE-58) was an "Casablanca" class
escort carrierof the United States Navy.
She was laid down as "Auguilla Bay" (AVG-58) was reclassified ACV-58,
20 August 1942and launched as "Corregidor" on 12 May 1943by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, of Vancouver, Washington, under a Maritime Commissioncontract; 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.
San Diego, California, on 26 October 1943, "Corregidor" joined Carrier Division 24at Pearl Harborfor air strikes in the Gilbert Islands invasion from 10 Novemberto 6 December. She returned to San Diego to undergo repairs and load aircraftand men, then resumed operations out of Pearl Harbor with her division. From 22 Januaryto 3 March 1944, she sailed in the Marshalls operation, providing air cover for the invasion of Kwajalein.
"Corregidor" put to sea on
11 March 1944for Guadalcanal, arriving there on 21 March. With the Third Fleet, she sortied on 30 Marchto provide air cover for the landings on Emirau Island, returning to Port Purvison 14 April. Two days later, she sailed to join the 7th Fleetfor air operations at Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) between 22 Apriland 26 April, then put in to Manus Islandfor replenishment and antisubmarine patrols until 4 May. Embarking Commander, Carrier Division 24 for the Marianasoperation, "Corregidor" provided combat air patrols and anti-aircraftsupport for the invasion of Saipanfrom 15 Juneto 25 June, with her aircraft accounting for at least eight enemy planes. She covered the logistics force off Eniwetokfrom 1 Julyto 3 July, then aided in the softening up bombardment of Guamand provided air cover for the invasion, until 28 Julywhen she returned to San Diego for overhaul.
She worked on qualifying pilots in carrier operations at Pearl Harbor from
12 Octoberuntil 21 November 1944. On 26 October, she formed as a hunter-killer group with Escort Division 64, around to check out reported enemy submarinemovements between Pearl Harbor and California. On 2 January 1945, this group moved to patrol the area between Pearl Harbor and Eniwetokto protect heavy Allied shipping, returning to Pearl Harbor on 13 February.
"Corregidor" sailed from Pearl Harbor on
27 Februaryto search for an overdue plane carrying Lieutenant General M. F. Harmon, USA, arriving at Majuroon 20 March. From 21 Marchto 27 April, she conducted an anti-submarinepatrol in the vicinity of Japanese-held Wotjeand Maloelapin 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 1945to 10 January 1946, she alternated this duty with three voyages from Pearl Harbor to San Diegoto return homeward-bound servicemen. "Corregidor" cleared San Diego on 18 January 1946for Norfolk, Virginia, arriving there on 4 February. Here she was placed out of commission in reserve on 30 July 1946.
19 May 1951, "Corregidor" was assigned to operate with the Military Sea Transportation Service. She ferried men, aircraft, and aviation cargo to NATOnations under the Mutual Defense Assistance Plan, but also made five voyages through the Panama Canalto bring men and cargo to the United Nationsforces in Koreain 1952, 1953, and 1954. "Corregidor" was reclassified CVU-58 on 12 June 1955. When the Lebanon crisisbroke 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 IIservice.
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