USS Corregidor (CVE-58)

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USS Corregidor (CVE-58)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Corregidor
Ordered: 20 August 1942
Builder: Kaiser Shipyards
Launched: 12 May 1943
Commissioned: 31 August 1943
Recommissioned: 19 May 1951
Decommissioned: 4 September 1958
Fate: Sold for scrap on 28 April 1959
General characteristics
Class & type: Casablanca-class escort carrier
Displacement: 7,800 tons
Length: 512 ft 4 in (156.16 m) overall
Beam: 65 ft 3 in (19.89 m)
Draft: 22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × 5-cylinder reciprocating Skinner Unaflow engines
  • 4 × 285 psi boilers
  • 2 shafts
  • 9,000 shp
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h)
Range: 10,240 nmi (18,960 km) @ 15 kn (28 km/h)
Complement:
  • Total:910-916 officers and men
    • Embarked Squadron:50-56
    • Ship's Crew:860
Armament: 1 × 5 in (127 mm)/38 cal dual purpose gun, 16 × Bofors 40 mm guns (8x2), 28 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannons (28x1)
Aircraft carried: 28
Service record
Part of: United States Pacific Fleet (1943-46), Military Sealift Command (1951-58)
Operations: Western New Guinea campaign, Battle of Saipan, Battle of Guam, Korean War, 1958 Lebanon crisis
Awards: 4 Battle stars

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 on 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, Captain R. L. Bowman in command.

Service history[edit]

World War II[edit]

Clearing San Diego, California on 26 October 1943, Corregidor joined Carrier Division 24 (CarDiv 24) at Pearl Harbor for air strikes in the Gilbert Islands invasion from 10 November-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-3 March 1944, she sailed in the Marshall Islands 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 3rd 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 22–26 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 15–25 June, with her aircraft accounting for at least eight enemy planes. She covered the logistics force off Eniwetok from 1–3 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-21 November 1944. On 26 October, she formed as a hunter-killer group with EscDiv 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-27 April, she conducted an anti-submarine patrol in the vicinity of Japanese-held Wotje and Maloelap in the Marshalls, then off Eniwetok.

Post-War[edit]

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 1945-10 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.

Korea[edit]

U.S. Army aircraft lift off Corregidor off Lebanon, 1958.

Recommissioned on 19 May 1951, Corregidor was assigned to operate with the Military Sealift Command. 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 1952-1954. Corregidor was reclassified T-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 Division, and 10 helicopters to support the landings in Lebanon. Returning to the United States, the ship suffered hull damage in the Atlantic Ocean due to high seas on the night of 2 April 1958. She was transiting from Barcelona, Spain to NAS Pensacola, Florida, with 20 officers and 150 enlisted men. She made an emergency stop-over in the Azores.[1]Corregidor was decommissioned on 4 September 1958, and sold for scrap on 28 April 1959.

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press, "High Seas Crack Hull of Carrier", The Washington Post and Times Herald, Thursday 3 April 1958, Volume 81, Number 119, Page A3.

Not to be confused with the expeditionary strike vessel, named for the battle of Corregidor.