Built by New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, NJ. Laid down October 26 1942 as a light cruiser USS Newark (CL-100). On June 2, 1942 redesignated USS Reprisal (CV-30). Renamed USS San Jacinto on January 30, 1943. While under construction converted, into an Independence class light carrier CVL-30. Launched September 26, 1943 sponsored by Mary Gibbs Jones, wife of U.S. Commerce Secretary Jesse H. Jones). Commissioned November 15 1943 with Captain Harold M. Martin in command.
After a shakedown cruise, transited the Panama Canal to San Diego and Pearl Harbor then to Majuro Lagoon assigned to fast carrier striking force Task Force 58/38 (TF-58, TF-38) and embarked carrier aircraft from Carrier Air Group 51 (CAG-51).
During late July 1944 her carrier aircraft participated in "Operation Snapshot" attacking targets in Palau. On July 27, 1944 lost was TBM Avenger 45810 (MIA).
On September 2, 1944 four TBM Avengers took off on a bombing mission against against a radio installation on Chi
Chi Jima. Lost was lost TBM Avenger 46214 piloted by
Lt(jg) George H. W. Bush. His two crew went down with the aircraft and were listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Bush was later rescued by USS Finback (SS-230).
On March 1, 1947 decommissioned and placed into the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Diego. On May 15, 1959 reclassified as an auxiliary aircraft transport (AVT-5). On June 1, 1970 struck from the U. S. Navy list. On December 15, 1971 sold for scrap to National Metal and Steel Corporation and scrapped afterwards.
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August 18, 2018