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USS Copahee was named for a sound off the South Carolina coast. She was commissioned on June 15, 1942. Her first voyage after shakedown was a cargo run to Noumea with an aircraft launch for Henderson Field at Guadalcanal. She began making cargo runs to forward bases in the Fijis, New Caledonia and New Hebrides until June 1943.

In late 1943 through early 1944, the ship delivered aircraft to two different bases in Australia. Later that year she helped move aircraft from San Diego to Majuro via Pearl Harbor. In June, she provided support to the Marianas invasion with replacement planes and crews. In late July, she returned captured Japanese aircraft and engines to San Diego for intelligence purposes.

After that, Copahee was used mainly for transport duty in and around the Pacific Theater. She made six different voyages with cargo going to Guam, Saipan, Majuro, Manus and Pearl Harbor. When the war ended, she participated in operation “Magic Carpet”. She helped repatriate servicemen from Saipan, Guam, the Philippines and Eniwetok. After her final voyage in December, she returned to Alameda, California. She was decommissioned July 5, 1946. She was later removed from Navy lists in 1959.

CVE-12 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN1941-Keel Date: 18 JUN 1941
OCT1941-Launch Date: 21 OCT 1941
JUN1942-Commissioned: 15 JUN 1942
SEP1942-Shellback Initiation - 21 SEP 1942 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1942-FEB1943West Pac
JAN1943- Shellback Initiation - 10 JAN 1943 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1943-Shellback Initiation - 18 MAR 1943 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1943-Shellback Initiation - 14 SEP 1943 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1943- Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1943 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1943- Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1943 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1944-Shellback Initiation - 24 SEP 1944 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1946-Decommissioned: 5 JUL 1946

CVE-12 General Specifications

Class: Bogue-class escort carrier

Complement: 890 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7800 tons

Length: 495.7 feet

Beam: 111.5 feet

Draft: 26 feet

Final Disposition: Scrapped in 1964