Allied Warships

USS Suwannee (CVE 27)

Escort carrier of the Sangamon class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeEscort carrier
PennantCVE 27 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Laid down3 Jun 1938 
Launched4 Mar 1939 
Commissioned24 Sep 1942 
End service28 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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1Capt. Joseph James Clark, USN24 Sep 194221 Jan 1943
2T/Capt. Frederick William McMahon, USN21 Jan 194330 Dec 1943
3T/Capt. William David Johnson, USN30 Dec 19438 Dec 1944
4T/Capt. Delbert Strother Cornwell, USN8 Dec 19442 Sep 1945
5T/Capt. Charles Clarke McDonald, USN2 Sep 19452 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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