Cowpens file photo [1230]

USS Cowpens

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassIndependence-class Light Carrier
BuilderNew York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Laid Down17 Nov 1941
Launched17 Jan 1943
Commissioned28 May 1943
Decommissioned13 Jan 1947
Displacement11000 tons full
Length623 feet
Beam72 feet
Draft26 feet
MachineryGeneral Electric geared turbines with four screws
Power Output100000 SHP
Speed31 knots
Crew1569
Armament24x40mm, 22x20mm anti-aircraft
Armor5in belt, 2in deck, 0.5in conning tower
Aircraft30

Contributor:

ww2dbase"The Mighty Moo" USS Cowpens was named after a battle of the American Revolutionary War. She was sponsored by the daughter of Vice Admiral William Halsey. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on 19 Sep 1943, and struck Wake Island on 5 and 6 Oct. Between 19 and 24 Nov, her aircraft struck Mille and Makin atolls, and then Kwajalein and Wotje on 4 Dec. During the invasion of Marshall Islands in Jan 1944, her aircraft attacked Japanese positions on Kwajalein and Eniwetok. At the end of Feb 1944, Task Force 58, which Cowpens was a member of, raided Truk and the Marianas. During the campaign across Central Pacific, her aircraft participated in important anti-submarine patrols to protect the task force. From 6 Jun to 10 Jul 1944, she participated in the Marianas campaign, including downing a number of Japanese aircraft during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Her aircraft covered landings on Luzon, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Near the end of the war, Cowpens' aircraft also attacked targets and performed reconnaissance missions on the Japanese home islands. After the end of WW2, she became a transport to return American troops back to the United States, then was decommissioned at Mare Island, California, United States.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

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USS Cowpens Operational Timeline

28 May 1943 Cowpens was commissioned into service.
3 Jan 1945 Aircraft from USS Cowpens conducted a reconnaissance mission over Karenko Airfield, Taiwan.
13 Jan 1947 Cowpens was decommissioned from service.

Photographs

Marines exercising on CowpensUSS Cowpens near Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 25 Jun 1943Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 1 of 2Cowpens underway, 17 Jul 1943, photo 2 of 2
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1. Aethur Lehr says:
22 Apr 2015 11:27:56 PM

Anyone know my father " Arthur Lehr " on cow pens ww2 ?
2. todd says:
11 Apr 2017 01:46:38 PM

my father served on the cowpens during wwii
3. Fred says:
13 Apr 2017 05:14:58 PM

My grandfather served on this ship. He's gone 20 years now. Anyone know where more info or pictures of this ship can be found?

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Event(s) Participated:
» Marshall Islands Campaign
» Attack on Truk
» Mariana Islands Campaign and the Great Turkey Shoot
» Philippines Campaign, Phase 2
» Typhoon Cobra
» Raid into the South China Sea
» Battle of Iwo Jima
» Okinawa Campaign
» Preparations for Invasion of Japan

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