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Chourre (ARV-1)

Born 28 August 1894 in San Francisco, Calif., Emile Chourre enrolled in the Naval Reserve 14 December 1917, was given the provisional rank of ensign in the Reserve Flying Corps 6 November 1918, and confirmed as ensign 23 September 1920. After various duty assignments in the pioneer field of naval aviation, he became one of the Navy's most distinguished leaders in aviation. Lieutenant Commander Chourre was killed in a plane crash at Scott Field, Ill., 26 January 1938.

(ARV-1: dp. 4,023; l. 441'6"; b. 56'11"; dr. 22'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 578; a. 1 5"; cl. Chourre)

Dumaran (ARG-14) was renamed and reclassified Chourre (ARV-1) 22 February 1944; launched 22 May 1944 by Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, Md., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. E. A. Forde, Jr., and commissioned 7 December 1944, Captain A. H. Bergeson in command.

Sailing from Norfolk 2 March 1945 Chourre arrived at Pearl Harbor 12 April to embark aviation personnel for Espiritu Santo, where she arrived 29 April. She transferred an aviation repair unit to Saipan, then sailed to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, for duty as station supply ship replenishing carriers from 26 May to 17 July. Except for one trip to Guam to replenish stores (17 July-7 August) she remained at San Pedro Bay until 24 October when she sailed for Tokyo Bay to serve ships taking part in the occupation. On 1 January 1946 Chourre sailed from Yokosuka for San Francisco, arriving 4 May. She was placed out of commission 28 November 1948 at Stockton, Calif.

Recommissioned 21 February 1952 during the Korean war, Chourre cleared San Francisco 1 September for the western Pacific. She operated out of Japan supplying ships off Korea until 28 February 1953, returning to San Francisco 26 March. Local operations off San Diego were followed by another tour in the Far East between 17 August 1953 and 11 April 1954. After her third tour to the western Pacific from 30 August 1954 to 1 March 1955, Chourre returned to San Diego where she remained until placed out of commission in reserve again 13 September 1955.

Chourre received three battle stars for service in the Korean war.

Published: Tue Oct 18 23:27:16 EDT 2016