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(later CVU-58)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - X-Ray - Romeo - Bravo

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal / Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4 stars) / World War II Victory Medal
2nd Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal ("Europe" clasp) / National Defense Service Medal / Korean Service Medal
3rd Row: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal / United Nations Korean Medal / Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 512' 3" (oa) x 65' 2" x 22' 4" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/38AA 8 x 40mm, 12 x 20mm, 27 Aircraft.
Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Skinner, Uniflow engines, 2 screws
Speed, 19 Knots, Crew 860.

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Anguilla Bay

ACV-58 (later CVE-58 and CVU-58) was named Anguilla Bay (not Auguilla, as many sources incorrectly spell), 22 January 1943, for a bay between Anguilla and Esquivel Islands, in Maurelle Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska (NS0305808). The name comes from the Spanish word anguila, meaning "eel," and was given in 1924 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS), "from name of island, of which this is the principal indentation."

Renamed Corregidor, 3 April 1943, to commemorate the heroic but doomed defense of Corregidor (NS0305808a) during the Philippine Campaign of 1941–42. The fortress, guarding the entrance to Manila Bay, was the scene of the last gallant stand of the outnumbered American-Filipino force which surrendered to the overwhelming Japanese invaders on 6 May 1942.

(Map NS0305808 courtesy of Map NS0305808a courtesy of Google Maps.)

NS0305808b: Siege of Corregidor, 1942. Scene in Lateral No. 12 of the Melinta Tunnel, shared by the Finance Office and the Signal Corps. Code machines and telegraph operators of the Signal Corps message center are behind the partition at right rear. Photographed by Major Paul Wint (SC), 24 April 1942. This photo was taken from Corregidor on 3 May 1942 by the last submarine —probably USS Spearfish (SS-190)—to stop there. Members of the Finance Office Staff are in the foreground. Seated at left are (L-R): SSgts Wehrner, Pressman and Salyor and Maj. O.E. Gard. Standing at rear (L-R): TSgt Davis, Col. J.R. Vance and an unidentified man. Seated at right (from rear): Col. R.J. Jenks, LtCol R.E. McElfish, PFC True, SSgt Long, MSgt Walker, PFC Ballou, PFC Kuykendall and SSgt Huff. Photo was furnished to the Signal Corps by Col J.R. Vance. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) photo, # SC 249636.

USS Corregidor, 1943–1946
CVE-58 Corregidor
57k Undated, underway. Robert Hurst
CVE-58 Corregidor

USS Corregidor (CVE-58), loaded flight deck filled with trucks, jeeps and hooded planes with folded wings, viewed from bridge. Date and location unknown.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-87932.

CAPT Roscoe L. Bowman
CAPT Roscoe L. Bowman

Captain Roscoe L. Bowman, USN, Commanding Officer, USS Corregidor (CVE-58), 23 September 1943.

Official US Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 80-G-82783.

CVE-57 Coral Sea

"The USS Corregidor (CVE-58) of Task Unit 52.11.2 throws up anti aircraft fire as Jap planes make torpedo runs at dusk off Saipan I. in Marianas. Taken from USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)." Photo # CRLS 316, dated 17 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238303).

David Thornton
Larger copy submitted by Mike Green
CVE-57 Coral Sea

"The USS Corregidor (CVE-58) of Task Unit 52.11.2 throws up anti aircraft fire as Jap planes make torpedo runs at dusk off Saipan I. in Marianas. Taken from USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)."

"Burning plane explodes close astern."

Photo # CRLS 317, dated 17 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238304).

David Thornton
CVE-57 Coral Sea

"The USS Corregidor (CVE-58) of Task Unit 52.11.2 throws up anti aircraft fire as Jap planes make torpedo runs at dusk off Saipan I. in Marianas. Taken from USS Coral Sea (CVE-57)."

"FM-2 takes off during heighth [sic] of attack: Burning plane and fire can be seen in background."

Photo # CRLS 319, dated 18 June 1944.

National Archives photo (# 80-G-238305).

David Thornton
CVE-58 Corregidor
85k Centered around Corregidor a Hunter-Killer group, Task Group 12.3, operated between Hawaii and the West Coast between mid-October and mid-November 1944. This photo was taken from USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE-442) in November 1944. At the time, Corregidor was camouflaged in Measure 32, Design 10A. Alan Guard
USNS Corregidor, 1951–1958
CVU-58 Corregidor

"The USNS Corregidor (T-CVU 58) arrived in Bremerhaven on February 27, 1956. The Corregidor carried 21 Sikorsky H-34 and 2 Bell H-13 helicopters of the US Army 587th Transportation Company (Light Helicopter), which had departed Fort Sill, OK in January 1956 and was designated to be stationed at Oberschleissheim, Munich in Bavaria. All 23 helicopters were flown from Bremerhaven to Oberschleissheim on May 2, 1956. The company was re-designated the 18th Transportation Company (Light Helicopter) on May 18, 1956 and formed part of the 8th Transportation Battalion / V. Corps."


(Photo from Bde.-Gen. (ret.) Fritz Garben's "Fünf Jahrzehnte Heeresflieger," Lemwerder 2006.)

Joerg Windmueller
(Air-Britain Historians Member 15437)
Aachen, Germany
CVU-58 Corregidor

USNS Corregidor (T-CVU 58) circa 1956. She is carrying a deck cargo of cocooned F-86D or K Sabres and T-6 Texans. Photo from Skyfotos.

From Jane's Fighting Ships, 1956–57 edition.

Robert Hurst
CVU-58 Corregidor

USNS Corregidor (T-CVU 58) circa 1957, location unknown. Photo courtesy R.M. Scott.

From Jane's Fighting Ships, 1959–60 edition.

Robert Hurst
CVU-58 Corregidor

"DAMAGED IN HEAVY SEAS—The aircraft carrier Corregidor, above, suffered a crack in her hull in heavy seas in the Atlantic and was limping toward the Azores, April 2, for emergency repairs. The ship took in some water, but was reported in no immediate danger of sinking. (U.S. Navy Photo via AP Wirephoto)" [1958].

Tommy Trampp
CVU-58 Corregidor

Two photos of the utility aircraft carrier USNS Corregidor (T-CVU 58) in July 1958 off Lebanon in the Mediterranean Sea. The left hand pic shows a U.S. Army L-20 Beaver as it takes off from Corregidor's flight deck, and the right hand pic shows U.S. Army H-34 Choctaws ready for lift off. When the Lebanon crisis broke in the summer of 1958, Corregidor was at Brindisi, Italy, and immediately lifted two U.S. Army De Havilland Canada L-20 Beaver reconnaissance planes of the 24th Infantry Division, and 10 Sikorsky H‑34 Choctaw helicopters to support the landings. U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News magazine, October 1958 issue.

Robert Hurst
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Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Ernnie Engel
Address:5431 Worthington Ter Columbus, OH, 43229-1665
Phone: 614-848-4321

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