Allied Warships

USS Wake Island (CVE 65)

Escort carrier of the Casablanca class


USS Wake Island during the Second World War

NavyThe US Navy
TypeEscort carrier
ClassCasablanca 
PennantCVE 65 
Built byKaiser Shipbuilding Co. (Vancouver, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered17 Jul 1942 
Laid down6 Feb 1943 
Launched15 Sep 1943 
Commissioned7 Nov 1943 
End service5 Apr 1946 
History

Decommissioned 5 April 1946.
Stricken 17 April 1946. Sold 19 April 1946 and scrapped at Baltimore in 1947.

 

Commands listed for USS Wake Island (CVE 65)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Capt. James Robert Tague, USN7 Nov 19433 Oct 1944
2T/Capt. Austen Volker Magly, USN3 Oct 19442 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Wake Island include:


2 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-543 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic south-west of Tenerife, in position 25°34'N, 21°36'W, by depth charges & a homing torpedo from Avenger aircraft (VC-58) of the US escort carrier USS Wake Island.

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