USS Suwannee (CVE 27)
Escort carrier of the Sangamon class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||3 Jun 1938|
|Launched||4 Mar 1939|
|Commissioned||24 Sep 1942|
|End service||28 Oct 1946|
Laid down as tanker Markay (hull 5) she was aquired by the US Navy on 26 June 1941 after having operated as tanker for the Keystone Tankship Corporation. She was commissioned as AO 27 on 9 July 1941. Decommissioned on 21 February 1942 and the ship was then converted to an escort carrier at Newport News being commissioned on 24 September 1942. Bombed 25 and 26 October 1944 and damaged by an internal explosion on 24 May 1945. Decommissioned 28 October 1946. Stricken on 1 March 1959. Sold on 30 November 1959 and scrapped at Bilbao, Spain in June 1962.
Commands listed for USS Suwannee (CVE 27)
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|1||Capt. Joseph James Clark, USN||24 Sep 1942||21 Jan 1943|
|2||T/Capt. Frederick William McMahon, USN||21 Jan 1943||30 Dec 1943|
|3||T/Capt. William David Johnson, USN||30 Dec 1943||8 Dec 1944|
|4||T/Capt. Delbert Strother Cornwell, USN||8 Dec 1944||2 Sep 1945|
|5||T/Capt. Charles Clarke Mcdonald, USN||2 Sep 1945||2 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Suwannee include:
25 Oct 1944
sustained casualties of 85 killed and 57 missing due to bombing and Kamikazes also 102 were wounded which included the commanding officer Captain William David Johnson, USN.
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