- USS Corvus (AKA-26)
USS "Corvus" (AKA-26) was an "Artemis" class
attack cargo shipnamed after the southern constellation"Corvus." She served as a commissioned ship for 16 months.
"Corvus" (AKA-26) was launched
24 September 1944by Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc., Providence, R.I., under a Maritime Commissioncontract; sponsored by Mrs. 0. Parks; acquired by the Navy 20 November 1944; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander C. M. Gregson, USNR, in command.
"Corvus" departed Providence
2 December 1944for San Francisco, where she loaded cargo for Leyte. Arriving in the Philippines 21 February 1945, "Corvus" discharged cargo at Guiuanfor the establishment of an air base there, and transferred cargo at Dulag. On 13 Marchshe began rehearsals for the Okinawa operation, and sailed from Leyte Gulf 27 Marchfor the landings 1 April. She remained off Okinawa undergoing the first of the kamikazeattacks, until 10 Aprilwhen she sailed with Army casualties for Guam, arriving 14 April. "Corvus" returned to the West Coast for overhaul, and loaded Army men and supplies at Seattlesailing 15 Junefor Tinian, where she arrived 3 July.
"Corvus" sailed from Tinian
7 July 1945carrying cargo for Guadalcanal, the Russell Islands, Samar, and Manus, and reported to Manila 30 August. She loaded cargo and occupation troops, and sailed 18 Septemberfor Honshū. Returning to Manila 14 October, she sailed a week later to embark homeward-bound servicemen at Yokohamareturning to San Pedro, Calif., with them 26 November. Between 26 Decemberand 10 February, she made a similar voyage from the west coast to Guam, then sailed 16 Februaryfor Mobile, Alabama, and Orange, Texas. "Corvus" was decommissioned 29 March 1946, and transferred to the Maritime Commission 31 October 1946for disposal.
Corvus received one battle star in
World War II.
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/c14/corvus.htm Naval Historical Center: USS "Corvus"]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/02026.htm NavSource Online: AKA-26 "Corvus"]
* [http://ussrankin.org/id352.htm 51 Years of AKAs]
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