Corvus-AKA-26

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This Month in Naval History
Corvus-AKA-26

Corvus

A constellation of the Southern Hemisphere.

(AKA-26: dp. 4,087; 1. 426'; b. 58'; dr. 16'; s. 17 k.; cpl. 303; a. 1 5"; cl. Artemis)

Corvus (AKA-26) was launched 24 September 1944 by Walsh-Kaiser Co., Providence, R.I., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. O. 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 1944 for San Francisco, where she loaded cargo for Leyte. Arriving in the Philippines 21 February 1945, Corvus discharged cargo at Guluan for the establishment of an air base there, and transferred cargo at Dulag. On 13 March she began rehearsals for the Okinawa operation, and sailed from Leyte Gulf 27 March for the landings 1 April. She remained off Okinawa undergoing the first of the kamikaze attacks, until 10 April when 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 Seattle sailing 16 June for Tinian, where she arrived 3 July.

Corvus sailed from Tinian 7 July 1946 carrying cargo for Guadalcanal, the Russells, Samar, and Manus, and reported to Manila 30 August. She loaded cargo and occupation troops, and sailed 18 September for Honshu. Returning to Manila 14 October, she sailed a week later to embark homeward-bound servicemen at Yokohama returning to San Pedro, Calif., with them 26 November. Between 26 December and 10 February, she made a similar voyage from the west coast to Guam, then sailed 16 February for Mobile, Ala., and Orange, Tex. Corvus was decommissioned 23 March 1946, and transferred to the Maritime Commission 31 October 1946 for disposal.

Corvus received one battle star for World War II service.

 

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