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USS Corregidor (CVE 58)

- formerly ANGUILLA BAY -
- formerly ACV 58, formerly AVG 58 -
- later T-CVE 58, later CVU 58 -
- decommissioned -


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USS CORREGIDOR was the fourth CASABLANCA - class escort carrier. Originally named AUGUILLA BAY, the ship was renamed CORREGIDOR on April 3, 1943. In the beginning, the ship was scheduled to be given to the Royal Navy but CVE 33 was transfered instead. Decommissioned on July 30, 1946, the CORREGIDOR was recommissioned on May 19, 1951, to transport troops and aircraft to Korea. She was also involved in the Lebanon crises. The CORREGIDOR was decommissioned for the last time on September 4, 1958. The ship was sold on April 28, 1959.

General Characteristics:Awarded: 1942
Keel laid: December 17, 1942
Launched: May 12, 1943
Commissioned: August 31, 1943
Decommissioned: July 30, 1946
Reactivated: May 19, 1951
Decommissioned: September 4, 1958
Builder: Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Vancouver, Wash.
Propulsion system: four boilers
Propellers: two
Length: 512.5 feet (156.2 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 108 feet (32.9 meters)
Beam: 65 feet (19.9 meters)
Draft: 22.6 feet (6.9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 10,400 tons full load
Speed: 19 knots
Catapults: one
Aircraft: 28 planes
Armament: one 5-inch L/38 gun, 16 40mm guns, 20 20mm guns
Crew: 860


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CORREGIDOR. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Embarked Squadrons:

PeriodSquadron (Aircraft)
July 1943VC-41 (11 F4F and 6 TBF)
November - December 1943VC-44 (16 FM and 12 TBF)
January - February 1944VC-44 (6 FM, 3 F4F and 11 TBF/TBM)
March 1944VC-41 (12 FM, 3 F4F and 10 TBF/TBM)
July - August 1944VC-41 (14 FM and 12 TBM)
November - December 1944VC-83 (FM and TBM)
January - May 1945VC-42 (FM and TBM)


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Accidents aboard USS CORREGIDOR:

DateWhereEvents
March 3, 1958off the AzoresUSNS CORREGIDOR cracks its hull in a storm off the Azores.


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History of USS CORREGIDOR:

AUGUILLA BAY was launched as CORREGIDOR on 12 May 1943 by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Wash., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. J. Hallett; reclassified CVE 58 on 15 July 1943 acquired by the Navy 31 August 1943; and commissioned the same day, Captain R. L. Bowman in command.

Clearing San Diego 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 11 March 1944 for Guadalcanal, arriving 21 March. With the 3rd Fleet, she sortied 30 March to provide air cover for the landings on Emirau Island, returning to Port Purvis, 14 April. Two days later, she sailed to join the 7th Fleet for air operations at Hollandia between 22 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 antiaircraft support for the invasion of Saipan from 15 to 25 June, accounting for at least eight enemy planes. She covered the logistics force off Eniwetok from 1 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.

After qualifying pilots in carrier operations at Pearl Harbor from 12 October until 21 November 1944, CORREGIDOR joined a hunter-killer group patrolling east of the Hawaiian Islands. 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 13 February.

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

Returning to Pearl Harbor 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 18 January 1946 for Norfolk arriving 4 February. Here she was placed out of commission in reserve 30 July 1946.

Recommissioned 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, USA, and 10 helicopters to support the landings in Lebanon. Returning to the United States, CORREGIDOR was decommissioned 4 September 1958 and sold 28 April 1959.

CORREGIDOR received four battle stars for World War II service.


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