USS Lunga Point (CVE-94)
USS Lunga Point (CVE-94, later CVU-94 and AKV-32), 1944-1946
The Casablanca-class escort carrier, USS Lunga Point (CVE-94), was commissioned on May 14, 1944, at Vancouver, Washington. Ordered to the Pacific, she served at Lingayen Gulf in January, followed with the Battle for Iwo Jima in February. Following repairs for damage received at Iwo Jima, Lunga Point provided air support for the Okinawa Invasion in April, where she remained assisting mine-sweeping operations until Japanese Surrender that August. After the war, the escort carrier evacuated and escorted Allied prisoners from Japan and participated in searches for Allied servicemen. Decommissioned on October 24, 1946, Lunga Point laid in reserves where she was reclassified in June 1955 as CVU-94, then reclassified in May 1959 as AKV-32. Struck from the Navy List in April 1960, she was sold that August.
A model of the Casablanca-class escort carrier can be found In Harm's Way (Atlantic Section) at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy.
Image: NH 99106: USS Lunga Point (CVE-94), operating with Task Force 77.4 in the Mindanao Sea, Philippines, January 3, 1945. NHHC Photograph Collection.