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[1996.488.035.009] Literature and Research - 'HUP Retriever Rescuing an Aviator'
HUP Retriever Rescuing an Aviator
Accession Number 1996.488.035.009
Accession Date 05/01/1996
Date Created 8/12/1953
Object Desciption A HUP Retriever pulls Ensign E.H. Barry from the waters of the Atlantic after he was forced to ditch his AF Guardian immediately after launching from the escort carrier Block Island (CVE 106).
Object Notes The USS Block Island (CVE-106) was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier built by Todd Pacific Shipyards. She was launched on 10 June 1944 and commissioned on 30 December 1944. She was the second ship to carry her name. Block Island got underway for Pearl Harbor on 20 March 1945. She then steamed toward Okinawa and immediately began flight operations upon her arrival 3 May 1945. From 26 June - 6 July she took part in the Balikpapan operation and then proceeded to Guam where she was anchored at the cessation of hostilities. From 6 - 9 September, Block Island took part in the evacuation of Allied prisoners of war from Formosa. She cruised in the Far East until 14 October and then arrived in San Diego on 11 December 1945. Block Island transited the Panama Canal and reached Norfolk and was placed in reserve on 28 May 1946. She was then towed from Norfolk to Annapolis to serve as a training ship for midshipmen. On 30 October 1950, Block Island was transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She carried out operations off the Virginia Capes, made four cruises to the Caribbean and one to the United Kingdom, France, and Italy from 17 April - 26 June 1953. She was decommissioned on 27 August 1954 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 July 1959. She was sold on 23 February 1960. Block Island received two battle stars for World War II service.
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