Thursday, January 30, 2014

The USS John Penn (APA-23)

Then, in 1943, the Penn was transferred to the Pacific and in January sent to Guadalcanal where it picked up 1,003 enlisted and 63 officer survivors from the USS Chicago after it was sunk January 29th. ////It spent the next six months delivering supplies, equipment and men to Guadalcanal. It was later reclassified as HPA-23. //// On August 13tgh, the Penn came under attack by Japanese planes. It shot one down which crashed into the ship's mainmast and minutes later, the ship was hit by a torpedo from another plane and sank in 30 minutes. Thirty-five crew members were rescued by the USS Apc-25. //// Today the ship is a popular dive spot.

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