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Chief Motor Machinists Mate US Navy - U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 about Paul LA Baw Name: Paul LA Baw Service Info.: CMOMM US NAVY WORLD WAR II Birth Date: 1922 Death Date: 2000 Cemetery: Mountain View Cemetery Cemetery Address: 1315 Edgar Avenue Beaumont, CA 92223

Birth:
23 Jan 1922 1
San Bernardino, California 1
Death:
11 Jul 2000 2
Banning, Riverside, California, United States of America 2
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Full Name:
Paul M LaBaw 3
Birth:
23 Jan 1922 1
San Bernardino, California 1
Male 1
Death:
11 Jul 2000 2
Banning, Riverside, California, United States of America 2
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Mother: Kittie Clareta Patton 1
Father: Benjamin Butler LaBaw 1
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Zelma M 3
Spouse Death Date: 29 Jun 2008 3

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  1. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 about Paul Labaw Name: Paul Labaw Birth Date: 23 Jan 1922 Gender: Male Mother's Maiden Name: Patton — Contributed by ed_beryl_moore488
  2. Social Security Death Index about Paul La Baw Name: Paul La Baw SSN: 552-12-9774 Last Residence: 92220 Banning, Riverside, California, United States of America Born: 23 Jan 1922 Last Benefit: 92220 Banning, Riverside, California — Contributed by ed_beryl_moore488
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USS Bellatrix (AK-20/AKA-3)

USS Bellatrix (AKA-3)

 

USS Bellatrix (AK-20/AKA-3) was an Arcturus-class attack cargo ship in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. The ship was named after the star Bellatrix in the constellation Orion. The name means "warrioress," and the star is usually named as the 22nd brightest star in the northern hemisphere.

Bellatrix was constructed in Florida as a C2-T class merchant marine cargo ship for the Maritime Commission under the name Raven. In April 1941, the War Shipping Administration transferred control of the unfinished Raven to the U.S. Navy. She was reclassified as an AKA-3 attack cargo ship, and launched in August under the command of W.F. Dietrich.

Bellatrix served in the Pacific during 1942, and participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal by delivering troops and supplies to the initial attack on 7 August. She made two subsequent shipments to the island, bringing both cargo and reinforcements. In 1943 she became part of the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, participating in the Allied invasion of Sicily. A subsequent shipment to the Gilbert Islands was terminated due to engine failure; Bellatrix returned to San Francisco for repairs.

In 1944, the repaired Bellatrix joined General Holland "Howling Mad" Smith's amphibious fleet moving to take the island of Saipan. On 16 July, she delivered her cargo, soldiers from the U.S. Army's 27th Infantry Division, just two days before the defeat of the Japanese General, Yoshitsugu Saito.

The Battle of Saipan was Bellatrix's last World War II deployment. She was decommissioned in April 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission three months later.

Bellatrix was reacquired by the Navy for the Korean War. She was recommissioned 16 May 1952, and performed cargo deliveries and training missions until 1955. Decommissioned a second time, Bellatrix subsequently spent eight years in the Pacific Reserve Fleet before being transferred to Peru in 1963. In 1991 she was sold for scrap, having been in service for almost fifty years.

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