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1950 USS Benevolence sinking...



Item # 594332

August 26, 1950

THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 26, 1950 

* USS Benevolence (AH-13) sinking 
* Hospital ship (1st report) 
* San Francisco, California
 

This 23 page newspaper has a three column headline on the front page: "Freighter Rams Hospital Ship in Dense Fog; 103 Are missing" with photo (see photos). 1st report coverage on the collision of the USS Benevolence and the SS Mary Luckenbach in San Francisco Bay.

Other news, sports and various advertisements of the day throughout. Light browning at the central fold, minor spine wear, otherwise in good condition.

wikipedia notes: Upon Victory over Japan Day, Benevolence was present with the Allied Fleet in Tokyo Harbor during the Surrender of Japan. She anchored off Yokosuka, Japan, 29 August to begin processing liberated Allied prisoners of war where she screened 1520 POW’s. She remained in Japanese waters until 27 November 1945 and then returned wounded to the United States, arriving in San Francisco on 12 December 1945. She served as a casualty evacuation ship between Pearl Harbor and San Francisco from December until February 1946 and then underwent an overhaul until 1 April 1946. She participated in Operation “Crossroads” at Bikini Atoll in June 1946. She then served as a station hospital ship at Tsingtao, China from 14 October 1946 until 3 March 1947. She returned to San Francisco on 18 March 1947 and commenced inactivation and was placed out of commission in reserve 13 September 1947, attached to the San Francisco Reserve Group.

On 25 August 1950 at 5:04 p.m. while returning from sea trials, prior to her assignment to the Military Sea Transportation Service, Benevolence collided with the freighter SS Mary Luckenbach in heavy fog and sank within 15 minutes off San Francisco. 505 crew members were rescued and 23 lost their lives.

Benevolence received one battle star for World War II service.

Category: The 20th Century

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