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|277k||Original photo: Commissioning ceremony.
LTJG L. C. Wild, CO reads his orders. Two officers to his left are: ENS J. A. Reid, XO and ENS Leonard.
Replacement photo: Photo by Kent Hitchcock, Marine and Commercial Photography, Balboa, CA
National Archives photo
|Original photo: Norris Jamison
Replacement photo: Dan Treadwell
|185k||Commissioning ceremony. Looking aft.
Photo by Kent Hitchcock, Marine and Commercial Photography, Balboa, CA
National Archives photo
Built by Fellows and Stewart, Wilmington, California. Launched 12 December 1942. Commissioned 15 July 1943 at the builders yard. Lt.(JG) Lawrence C. Wild ,USNR, assumed command of the patrol craft SC-1010. During test and trial runs off the coast, a disaster caused crew casualties, with two missing, one seriously injured and seven others injured. The craft was then undergoing repairs, all ammunition, pyrotechnics, fuel and gear having been removed. All the crew and officers were assigned temporary additional duties ashore. On 1 Dec. she put into Anderson & Cristofani Shipyard ,San Francisco, and on 23 January 1944 she was taken in tow to the industrial repair docks, Treasure Island, San Francisco for completion of repairs,the entire crew participating in ship work followed by trial runs and structural firing test before getting underway for Oakland estuary to receive stores and fuel.On 14 Feb. 1944 she was rammed on her starboard quarter by the YP-131, returning her to drydock to repair hull and shaft damage.
Following completion of repairs and trials, SC-1010 cruised into San Francisco Bay and berthed at the section patrol dock. Under orders of commander northern California Sector, Western Sea Frontier, She took part in patrolling duty in international waters on assigned station until relieved.
On 31 May 1944 Harbor Entrance Control radioed orders to proceed to thte Farralon Islands on a rescue mission. A coast guard vessel at the scene had taken her capacity of survivors of the SS Henry Baugh, grounded on northeast corner of an island. Men had abandoned the ship and were in the water on rafts. One hundred thirty were taken aboard to full capacity. The remaining rafts were collected alongside and stood by for further assistance to arrive. Later in the day all hands were delivered to the medical officer at Treasure Island.
The SC-1010 was assigned to the Service Force, Service Squadron Two, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and under secret orders of 1 July 1944 was underway in column formation for Pearl Harbor; arriving 11 July, she was berthed at the escort docks. She was thereafter an escort of convoys proceeding farther on to bases at Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam, & Johnston Island. She was anchored at Saipan from 26 August, and with various task units served as patrol crafts, as anti-submarine screen between Tinian and Aguigan, Marianas, and as escort of submarines into harbor. On 3 November the base was under air raid alert, and SC-1010 spotted the plane and bomb explosion at 500 yards. With one task unit, in April 1945 SC-1010 escorted an LST to Saipan and Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, then served as screen for the convoy entering Iwo harbor. On the return trip she escorted USS Seahorse [SS-304] to Saipan. Her last patrol was made south of Tinian in early June, and upon returning to Tanapag Harbor, she became a part of a task unit consisting of LST-1009 and nine SC vessels which got underway 9 June 1945 for Eniwetok later Pearl Harbor, and 27 June until 12 July they remained there.
Under instructions of Commander Service Force Pacific the convoy departed for Seattle, Washington. Upon arrival in Puget Sound her ammunition was unloaded at Port Towsend, and on 25 July she was transferred to the Western Boat Building Company at Tacoma. On 5 December 1945 the SC-1010 was decommissioned and transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard. The same day she was recommissioned in that service, Ensign R. A. Johnson, USCGR in command. She was renamed the USCGC Air Penguin (WAVR-447).
[Contributed by: Norris G. Jamison]
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